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
Part of what makes college football so interesting year in and year out is the never-ending cycle of players through a program. Occasionally a team will be lucky enough to retain all of their key players from one year to the next, and usually that turns out to be a peak year for the program. More common is the eternal pattern of approximate 20 per cent loss and replacement.
May 26, 2003
The weather was good until about the end of practice today -- then the rain came. The team was in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) today and consequently there were no big hits. <br><br><i>(PHOTO LEFT) Junior Siavii (94), Dustin Holmes (50) and Victor Filipe (54) navigate agility drills during Oregon Duck football workout held at Autzen Stadium on April 21, 2003 in Eugene, Or. (Photo by Dave O'Shea)</i>
April 21, 2003