Eugene, OR-- No more practices. No more media. This is it. Today was the last day of Duck football practice before the team flocks over to Texas and "Jerry World" to face the Auburn Tigers for the season opener.
In previous years, a season opener for Oregon would almost be an automatic win. Especially when consider that the Ducks have beaten their last five season opener opponents by a combined 183 points,(36.3 points per game).
But with the possibility of one of the fastest wide-receivers in the nation returning from injury for Auburn's offense, things might be closer to the chest on Saturday.
"He's the fastest player in the sport," said defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. "We've got to be aware of his location and where he's at."
Now sometimes a team can look ready in practice before a big game. Sometimes they can look sloppy and you're not sure what you're gonna get. It's like a box of chocolate.
For head coach Mario Cristobal, there's no uncertainty.
"I think we've been progressing all along," Cristobal explained. "We've had a really good camp. We've progressed. I feel better and better as the days go by about our football team and our program."
Outside linebacker Bryson Young, aka Blackhawk, has been one of those players progressing this off-season. After spending the first three years coming off the bench for Oregon, Young will get his first career start against the Tigers.
"I've been waiting three years for this opportunity," said Young. "I've kind of had some built up anger inside of me. So I'm really excited to unleash it."