Ducks Fly Home for the Holidays

Well, our Ducks got back to work on the field here in Eugene, OR, one last time before they all departed home for the holidays and, according to practice reports from Friday and Saturday, it was a good week of practice.


Kevin Cline

Marcus Mariota in the tunnel before the Pac-12 Championship game.

Our recent Heisman winner Marcus Mariota returned to the field with his teammates Tuesday morning after missing Monday’s practice due to all of the ceremonies, interviews and whatnot that comes with being the best football player in the nation.

In fact, Mariota flew over night on Monday to get back in time for Tuesday mornings practice. Mariota said, ”I appreciate every moment of it. It was nice to just be back in Eugene. I think a lot of people don’t realize how busy that awards circuit is. I had a lot of fun, I enjoyed it, but it’s good to be back with the guys.”

I’m sure the guys were happy to have their leader on the field again, too. Mariota explained to reporters that he watched a lot of film during his travel time throughout his break for the award ceremonies and made a goal to mentally prepare himself so that when he got back to practice he wouldn’t have to play catchup.

Yesterday’s final practice before all the men headed home to be with family in their home towns was run similarly to a Thursday practice prior to a regular season game, a walk through day. There was no hitting but the players did run closer to full-speed throughout practice. According to’s practice report for Saturday, Head Coach Mark Helfrich ended practice by saying, “Now, can we maintain — or ascend — during the break?”

The men are all in the holiday spirit and even added a couple of Christmas songs to their playlist during practice yesterday! They will all be meeting back up in Los Angeles on December 25 to resume practice and preparations for their Rose Bowl matchup against the Florida St. Seminoles.

I wish all you Duck fans, players and coaches happy holidays and Go Ducks!

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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