Originally Posted by ninjallamafromhell
People will always make excuses. So and so was hurt, it was a down year, too many freshmen, and so on. Ducks just need to keep winning BCS bowls and get themselves a crystal football regardless of who it's against.
Personally I'm just happy that they actually are making it to BCS bowl games now on a regular basis. A lot better than it use to be
The mid 2000s wasn't that long ago when winning any bowl game was nice. Hell 2004 was a losing season (5-6).
I swear that most of the Ducks "fans" that I talk to these days have no clue about the program before 2009
Amen, brother. After Joey Harrington the Jason Fife days were rough
I remember when Andrew Walter LIT up our freshman DBs (particularly Aaron Gipson) in that shootout at Autzen. Carson Palmer came in the next week and did it again too. And that Seattle Bowl against Wake Forest was just abysmal. Samie Parker tho
It's shame Kellen Clemens didn't have more of a supporting cast around him until 2005 when he broke his ankle. IMO he's a really underrated QB at the time. 2004 was just a terrible year (opening loss to INDIANA). It's been building for the past decade though. I always felt Oregon really underachieved with Bellotti and...ugh...Andy Ludwig (yuck).
Looking back though Oregon has had a set of pretty damn good running backs:
Onterrio Smith (2000-2002)
Jonathan Stewart (2005-2007)
Jeremiah Johnson (2005-2008)
LeGarrette Blount (2008-2009)
LaMichael James (2008-2011)
Kenjon Barner (2008-2012)
De'Anthony Thomas (2011-2013, I'm assuming he's gone after this year)
It's about time they got themselves a damn quarterback too. After Joey we had some ups and downs:
Jason Fife (2001-2003)
Kellen Clemens (2002-2005)
Dennis Dixon (2004-2007)
Justin Roper, Chris Harper, Cody Kempt (2008)
Jeremiah Masoli (2008-2009)
Darron Thomas (2008-2011)
Marcus Mariota (2011-2013)