Rose Bowl Week, Day 5 Wrap
Thursday, December 31, 7:00 a.m. PST
Wednesday's workout at the Home Depot Center marked Oregon's final full practice of the 2009 football season. Today, the Ducks will leave their helmets and shoulder pads on the equipment truck and go through their normal pregame walkthrough session.
As is tradition for the final practice of the year, players switched jerseys, making things rather complicated for media members who don't typically cover the team to tell who was who. For example, Jeremiah Masoli wore LeGarrette Blount's No. 9, while Blount donned the No. 21 shirt of his backfield mate LaMichael James.
Backup center Max Forer squeezed into Andre Crenshaw's No. 22 and admitted to feeling lighter and faster as a result.
Jersey swapping aside, the Ducks put the final touches on their game plan and got some quality work in. It's no secret that everyone is happy that the big game is nearly upon us.
Despite still being down senior corners Walter Thurmond III and Willie Glasper, and sophomore linebacker Josh Kaddu, Oregon will field an extremely healthy group for the Rose Bowl. They need to be, going up against one of the biggest, most athletic and best overall defenses in college football.
Duck Feed gave Eric Evans the morning off, so Oregon media services staffer Geoff Thurner delivers some of the sights from Wednesday's workout...
Jeremiah Masoli as LG.
UO's newest tailback, LaMichael Blount.
And, of course, the real LaMichael was the phony Masoli. Confused yet?
ROSE BOWL DUCKCAST
It's that time of the week to pass along the official Duckcast from Bobby Corser, Oregon chapter president of the American Meteorological Society:
"What an amazing year for our Oregon Ducks. We've seen it all in terms of football and the weather. As Oregon prepares to take on Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, one thing that both teams won't have to worry about is the weather. The Southern California skies will be blue and the sun will be out in full force as the 96th annual Rose Bowl Game kicks off. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s! Fans will want to take a light sweatshirt as it will get colder in the bowl as the game goes on. Cheer on the Ducks to a win and lets bring home that Rose Bowl trophy!"