The Ducks concluded 13 days of grueling two-a-day workouts starting on August 10th. The Ducks now begin to prepare for the home and season opener on Saturday. Oregon finished ranked second in the national polls after beating Colorado 38-16 in the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon hopes to win the Pac-10 championship for the third time in a row this season.
Players met their fans and sophomore Charles Favroth (11) was one of the players who signed autographs. Favroth is in position to be named a starting cornerback. Favroth and junior Steven Moore may be called upon to replace two players (Rashad Bauman and Steve Smith) who have moved on the NFL.
Mike Bellotti is the third-winningest football coach in Oregon's history with a 60-23 record. Bellotti's overall record is 83-48-2. Bellotti was the head coach at Chico State from 1984 until 1988. Bellotti also spent six years (1989-94) as offensive coordinator at Oregon under Rich Brooks.
Redshirt freshman Kellen Clemens (11) has vied for the starting quarterback position during fall camp. Clemens was regarded as one of the top-10 quarterback prospects coming out of Burns High School two years ago. Clemens is known for his toughness and his strong throwing arm.
Only one team among the 117 Division 1 programs has won more games in the last 30-game span, and that is the University of Miami Hurricanes who finished first in the national last season. Much controversy was generated regarding a potential playoff system for Division 1 when Miami defeated Nebraska in the Rose Bowl while Oregon beat Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon has won 27 out of the 30 games and the Hurricanes have won 28 out of the last 30 games.
Junior college transfer Junior Siavii (94), 6-4, 320, is a defensive tackle from Butte College and Tafuna High School in American Samoa. Fan Day was the first opportunity for Duck fans to meet Junior and get his autograph.
Oregon brought back 36 lettermen from the Fiesta Bowl champion team. This year's squad also is bolstered by the most seasoned defense in three years. Three players from last year's defensive squad, (Wesly Mallard, Bauman and Smith) were draft picks in last spring's NFL draft.
No player who has been recruited by Oregon has drawn more attention than freshman defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (96) from Highland High School, Salt Lake City, Utah. Ngata, 6-4, 333, was regarded as the top defensive line recruit last year. Joining Ngata as potential defensive tackles could be Siavii, and returning letterman, sophomore defensive tackle Igor Olshansky, 6-6, 304.