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Rose Bowl Week, Day 2 Wrap
Monday, December 28, 7:00 a.m. PST

Sunday's practice at the Home Depot Center was an energy-filled session as the Ducks donned full pads for the first time on the trip. The workout took place on the normal training ground of the L.A. Galaxy soccer club in front of approximately 50 visiting area coaches - many of whom appeared impressed by Oregon's uptempo routine.

Evidently, the music wasn't loud enough on Saturday, because an upgraded PA system was brought in and definitely contributed to the fired-up atmosphere.

Walter Thurmond III joined his teammates for the warmup period and while he wasn't going full speed, it was great to see him running. No chance he plays in the Rose Bowl, but he continues to progress in his rehab and should be able to participate in at least some of the elements of the NFL combine in February.

All and all, it was a pretty low-key day from an event standpoint. The team took in a comedy show before reconvening in the player hospitality room to perfect their video game skills. With the game still five days away, Remene Alston Jr. is ready to challenge Ohio State to a Rock Band competition.

Here's a look back at Day 2, courtesy of photographer Eric Evans (plus a few amateur shots by the hack who pens this blog).

The team hotel makes the Ducks feel at home.

The normal training pitch of the L.A. Galaxy (MLS) has been converted to three football fields for the Ducks' purposes in SoCal this week. (Eric Evans)

No, these are not examples of a new Oregon helmet. Yet. (EE)

Former Eugene residents and fans of Duck Feed came out to get a glimpse of the Pac-10 champions.

Blake Ferras gets some last-minute adjustments before practice. (EE)

Something tells me Cliff Harris isn't talking about off weeks with this message. (EE)

It's doubtful there is another coach in the country who gets as much enjoyment from practice (and effort out of his charges) than "Jimmy Rad." (EE)

Brandon Bair and Will Tukuafu are strong. (EE)

Nate Costa knows a thing or two about winning in Pasadena this season. (EE)

"Hey! If you're just here for a t-shirt, I'll buy you a $#%$# t-shirt!" Jerry Azzinaro was born to coach in games like this. (EE)

The added benefit of the bowl is more reps for up-and-commers like Kiko Alonso. (EE)

In mid August 2008, when Oregon had a full stable of healthy QBs, I sent this text to a buddy from practice: "Masoli. Remember the name." It's sixteen months later and I'm guessing you've heard of him, no? (BTW, I only blog the texts that pan out) (EE)

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