Jevon Holland is getting plenty of tips on facing Mike Leach’s offense for the first time.

“Play your keys, trust your techniques and get ready to tackle,” said Oregon safety Ugochukwu Amadi, who will face Washington State’s “Air Raid” offense for the fourth time on Saturday night in Pullman, Wash., while trying to notch his first win against the Cougars. “They are going to throw the ball and what works for their offense is yards after the catch. That’s going to be a big deal for us, just tackling.”

No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1) throws on 72 percent of its plays to lead the nation with 413.7 passing yards per game, more than 40 ahead of any other team in the nation.

“Try to keep everything in front of you hopefully, and run to the ball,” Oregon junior linebacker Troy Dye said. “Make tackles and try to get off the field.”

The veterans’ advice reinforced what Holland has been hardest on himself about during his first season at safety for the 12th-ranked Ducks (5-1, 2-1).

“I feel like I have a lot to improve on, but definitely tackling,” Holland said after practice Wednesday. “Making sure I come down patiently and wrap up, secure the tackle. That is the biggest thing for me. Coverage can always get better, that’s forever improving, but the main focus is on tackling.”

Holland had six tackles while getting his first career start in Oregon’s 30-27 overtime win against Washington on Saturday. UW quarterback Jake Browning threw 25 passes, less than half of the average attempts for WSU’s Gardner Minshew.

“I haven’t faced an offense that throws this much in my life,” Holland said. “It is exciting to test our ability as a secondary unit. It is an extreme challenge.”

After opening the season in a reserve role, the 6-foot-1 freshman found out late last week he would replace sophomore Nick Pickett alongside Amadi to start against the Huskies.

“I wouldn’t say I’m ahead of schedule, I didn’t really have a schedule as to where I wanted to be,” Holland said. “I knew I’d be a big factor coming in at nickel, being one of the first men in. It felt good to get the first start, especially against Washington, gave me some pride.”

Sophomore Brady Breeze and senior Mattrell McGraw will also likely join the rotation at safety Saturday as the Ducks try to keep up with the Cougars.

“All those guys are going to play a lot, they have to,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “You have to rotate guys in and out. Their concepts will stress you, but at the same time we have good defensive concepts and we have to match up. Jevon is one of our better players in the secondary so he will see extensive action.”

Holland had an interception in his third career game against San Jose State and two weeks later, he got two more against California to join Amadi in a tie for ninth nationally with three interceptions. While Amadi has returned two interceptions for scores, Holland has a total of eight yards on his returns.

“It makes me feel like I am making an impact for the team,” Holland said of the interceptions. “If I’m just out there running around, some people would be satisfied with that, but I always want to do the most I can. As a defensive back, getting an interception is the biggest thing you can do besides a pick-six, which I wish I could have got one. I am amazed at the opportunities the coaches have given me and how much trust they have to put me out there in that situation.”

Holland was a four-star recruit out of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., where he was also a 1,000-yard receiver.

“The biggest thing going from high school to college is making sure you know what the situation is,” Holland explained. “In high school, you just go out there and play because you are usually more athletic than the guy lined up right next to you. In college, you have to make sure you know your technique, make sure your feet and eyes are right. You need to understand that if they pass a certain yard line, they are not running this route. Thinking is the biggest thing. Make sure you think through the process of what you need to do while you are in coverage.”

Holland will need to process that information quicker than usual against Washington State.

“Trust your rules,” Cristobal said. “It is still going to be about making sure he understands exactly what we are doing as it relates to what they are doing.”