Despite down year, Mark Helfrich believes he has the team's support

Oregon may only be 3-6 for the season and on the brink of having any chance of post season play dashed, Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich believes his team is still behind him in these troubled times in Oregon football. Helfrich spoke the reporters following Thursday's practice as the Ducks prepare to meet Stanford on Saturday afternoon in Autzen Stadium.

The head coach was asked about the national presidential election results and if there was any reaction. Helfrich wisely sidestepped the question and said there was no "straw poll" of what the player's opinion was on the matter and though there were "many comments" on the topic.

Helfrich then went on to answer a question about how the team is supporting him. The coach said "it's been rewarding" that there has been support from "not only guys on the team now but also with recruits and recruits' parents in how much they believe in what we are doing."

Helfrich indicated there are a lot of people involved from coaches and support staff in movitaing players, everyone from freshmen on who good they can be to other players on how "important today is."

Helfrich will need all that support and also will need for players to see that the immediate things they face during the game is what will be the path to success against a very tought Stanford team.

Oregon and Staford will kickoff at 1 p.m Saturday in a game that will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.

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