Oregon football begins their 2017 journey with the first step of fall camp on Monday morning. The first two days of practice will be open to the public. It’s set to get underway at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Well, that summer ended without warning. We may get a reminder of it on Thursday with a predicted 110-degree forecast. Let the grind commence!
It has been an extremely busy week for Oregon football. Let’s take a look at their last week of freedom:
Wednesday - Thursday: Willie Taggart, Justin Herbert and Troy Dye entertained questions at the 2017 Pac-12 Media Day in Hollywood, Calif. It was a showcase of Duck youth as the first-year Oregon coach was joined by his sophomore quarterback and linebacker.
Saturday: Oregon football hosted their inaugural “Saturday Night Live” at Autzen Stadium. 60 of the best high school football players in the nation converged in Eugene, including Willie Taggart’s quarterback son from the 2020 class. Taggart and his coaching staff landed four commitments alone on Saturday.
Sunday: The next step was Oregon’s version of their Media Day from Autzen Stadium. The festivities kicked off at 2:30 p.m. PT with the head coach addressing a large media contingent. Players and coaches answered questions on their “Christmas in July.”
Monday: Fall camp opens at 10:00 a.m. local time. The first two sessions are free to the public. Camp is opening eight days earlier than last year (8/8/16) after an offseason rule change outlawed two-a-day practices. It will leave UO 33 days to prepare for Southern Utah on September 2.
So much for that summer vacation.
Since Taggart jumped aboard the Oregon train, it has been a non-stop ride. The head coach has done everything right thus far, but now the real work begins.
Everyone around the program is brimming with eagerness to start the campaign. Oregon football wants to make the 2016 season a distant memory. More importantly, the Ducks want to start a new era on the right foot. Monday will kick it off.