Since moving to Oregon in the fall of 2016, Alex Forsythe We’ve seen the program go through three coaching changes, winning its second Pac-12 title amid the global pandemic.
It’s been an unprecedented series of circumstances for Forsyth and his fellow seniors.
“It’s kind of weird right now,” Forsythe said after practice on Friday. I know this will be the last time, so it’s a bittersweet moment, but I just hope it ends on a good note. ”
The Ducks hit the field in San Diego to cap off a season that dropped a one-sided opener in Georgia, winning eight straight to enter a dense pursuit of the College Football Playoffs, dropping the final two. In the wake of quarterback his 3 Bo Nicks injury.
It capped off a career of adversity they tried to overcome together, and there was a lot to endure for the elderly.
Reply “Yes, it’s bittersweet” Bennett Williams Said. “I’m just trying to really enjoy my last game with the team. It’s been without a doubt the best football year I’ve ever had. Physically, not necessarily, but as an experience with the players, a lot. The relationship I built this year.
“So just soak it all in. It’s gone by really fast. Six years is crazy to think about. But yeah, just soak in and all the relationships I’ve built.” and everyone knows how much I love them.”
Next year, players like Forsyth and Williams will be Oregon football graduates, and interested fans will be rooting for the Ducks from afar. They hope the Holiday Bowl will be the springboard for even bigger things in next year’s program.
“Honestly, North Carolina had a similar end to the season. If you look closely, they both ended the season losing to their rivals,” Forsythe said. “We both have a bad taste in our mouths and we’re trying to get rid of that bad taste. This win leads into 2023 for whoever wins this game.”
noteworthy: Receiver coach Junior Adams and tight end coach Drew Mellinger are overseeing Holiday Bowl preparations on the offensive side of the ball following the departure of Kenny Dillingham. …Newly hired offensive coordinator Willstein was in Friday practice but didn’t step up to leadership of the unit until after his bowl game. …the ducks will practice until Monday and reunite for practice later next week before taking a short break to spend with their families.
senior tight end cam mccormick About receiving the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
“I’m honored. My running coach called me and I was a little shocked, but I was so grateful and excited. I couldn’t wait to tell my mom. It’s been a long road. So that’s great. I am truly honored.”
senior quarterback Bo Nicks With the decision to play in the Bowl while it finalizes plans for 2023
“It’s been a no-brainer for me. I really enjoy playing football. I enjoy playing for Oregon State and I enjoy playing for Coach Lanning. So whenever I get that opportunity, I’m going to make the most of it.”
Head coach Dan Lanning on bowl preparations amid roster and staff changes
“That’s the name of the game. You have to go out and adapt. I think one of the biggest things in college football right now is who can go out and adapt the best. All the adjustments that need to be made.” Who can handle it? And I think we have great staff who have pulled it off.”
Head Coach Dan Lanning
senior quarterback Bo Nicks
senior offensive lineman Alex Forsythe
senior defensive back Bennett Williams
senior tight end cam mccormick
sophomore defensive back Trickweze Bridge