Former high school teammates anchor Ducks' linebacker core

Former high school teammates anchor Ducks' linebacker core »Play Video
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, left, is pressure by Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone (22) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

EUGENE, Ore --- Ducks linebackers Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick are very familiar with each other.  The recently named starters were once teammates at Colton High School in southern California. 

Hardrick and Malone play similar styles of football and they say their past experience together makes a difference on the field.   

The duo never thought they would play together after finishing high school, but they are enjoying this unique opportunity to be a part of the Ducks' defense.