Oregon coach Willie Taggart says he has thought about his last game against Nebraska as his Ducks prepare to host the Huskers this week. Taggart’s first game as a head coach was the season opener in Memorial Stadium in 2010 when Western Kentucky lost to the ninth ranked Huskers 49-10.
“I actually saw a picture of me and my son, Willie junior, and he was so small then and now he is taller than I am”, said Taggart. “It was in Lincoln and it was a great environment but now it is about this year’s Nebraska team.”
Taggart is in his first season of trying to reignite an Oregon program that slumped to 4-8 a year ago. After opening with a 77-21 win over Southern Utah Taggart says he likes the potential of his team.
Oregon features a balanced offense. Senior running back Royce Freeman had 153 yards in the win over Southern Utah. He was one of eight Ducks to carry the ball and 10 different players caught a pass.
“That is one thing about our offense that I am really impressed with is we don’t have selfish guys”, added Taggart. “In our offense everybody gets to eat. Everybody gets a little bit of the ball and have fun and everybody gets to block, too.”