Senior LB discusses what the new coaches are like.

Senior Jimmie Swain is entering his final year at Oregon and he is obviously as excited about playing for Oregon as ever. On Friday, the Ducks held practice No. 2 of the spring workouts and prior to the workout, Swain spoke to the media about the workouts.

Swain indicated the Coach Willie Taggart's message to his team is to do "everything well, with high intensity."

While Friday was still a non-contact day (as specified by NCAA rules) the Ducks are working on perhaps what is the real key to success -- working hard and with "high intensity."

Taggart said on Tuesday, that he was surprised at how "weak" the Ducks were when he first met them. The head coach emphasized that his team was not only weak physically, but also mentally. That's understandable of course, since this team, that once had so many high expectations suffered a disastrous 4-8 season last year.

That was then and this is now, so Taggart has set out to rebuild the Ducks both physically and mentally, by reinstalling a sense of accomplishment through hard work.

"The harder, the better," Taggart said on Tuesday.

From all indications Swain, who had come to Oregon as a 4-star recruit is welcoming the change of attitude from the new Oregon coaches.

The public was to have been allowed into practice on Friday was unable to do so because of a change due to weather conditions.

Tomorrow's practice which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. is also open, but against Oregon officials advise anyone wishing to attend tomorrow's session on Kilkenny Fields to check the weather forecast before hand.

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