In 2001, Oregon football was on top of the world as far as Duck fans were concerned. Oregon finished their best season ever with a win over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking. Everywhere one looked there was talk that the Ducks had finally reached the status of a football power. Heading into last season, hopes soared as the Ducks were on the receiving end of national respect. At one point in September, Oregon found itself ranked No. 9 nationally. Then the bottom fell out.
August 26, 2003
For many years I have always believed that the Oregon Spring Football Game provides the first glimpse of the team that will take the field the next fall. The games usually include a number of returning starters, a lot of underclassmen and redshirts who begin to make impressions, and a dozen or more new faces including walk-ons and transfers. Sometimes there might even be a new coach or two to watch.
June 12, 2003
Tuesday's workout session for the Oregon Ducks was characterized as the team playing faster with more intensity. Even during the normal drills the team was more focused and worked harder compared to some practices last season. <br><br> <i>(PHOTO LEFT) Darius Sanders (95), Robby Valenzuala (99), Junior Siavii (94) and Victor Filpie (58) observe from the west endzone. (Photo by Dave O'Shea)</i>
April 22, 2003