The Ducks have 36 returning letterman this season compared with 30 returnees from last year's number two-ranked squad.
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Seniors Keenan Howry and David Moretti have been extended invitations to participate in the 78th annual East-West Shrine Game to be held January 11, 2003 in San Francisco.
The annual Fan Day (formerly Autograph Day) that is open to the general public will be held on Saturday, August 24th, starting at 11 a.m. Players and coaches will be available in the Moshofsky Center from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Autzen Stadium will also be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Only one player from the 2002 recruiting class will definitely not join the team on Saturday. Offensive lineman Albert Toeaina (Pittsburg HS, Antioch, Calif) did not meet eligibility requirements. The Ducks are hopeful that Kellen Taylor (City College of San Francisco/ San Jose, Calif) and Darius Sanders (Lynwood HS/Los Angeles, Calif) will soon be in camp once approval is granted by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Five players who were on the squad last season and have eligibility left will not be returning this fall. Randall Bowen and Mike Willis were dismissed from school. Jason Mohamed was dismissed from the team. Josh Jones will remain on scholarship but has retired from football due to injuries. Eddie Smith has informed the coaches of intention of giving up the game.