One year ago, if you said the name Willie Taggart to any Ducks fan, their eyes would light up with excitement. Say that say name today, and you’ll get the opposite reaction.
Willie Taggart was supposed to lead the Oregon football rebuilding charge, but instead, all that was accomplished was a 7-5 record with a lengthy losing streak, and an early departure when the Florida State job opened.
Oregon started the season strong, but then lost quarterback Justin Herbert to a broken collarbone. The season spiraled from there as Oregon almost blew their shot at getting back to a bowl game. Luckily, they regrouped at the end and capped off the regular season with a nice 69-10 win over Oregon State.
The season ended on a low however, with another loss to Boise State, this time in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos dominated the game from the start, eventually winning 38-28, although the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
Now, the Ducks are all in with new head coach Mario Cristobal, who they basically forced the athletic department to hire after joining together to sign a petition for Cristobal to be promoted.
Here’s to hoping 2018 goes better than 2017 for the Ducks.