It was no doubt a subtle reminder from Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich that his team has few to no friends in the State of Texas.
When the Ducks took to the practice field Thursday morning at Alamo Heights High School to begin their full-pad workout, the song blaring from the on-field speakers was ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas” by country super star George Strait – he himself a native of Poteet, Texas.
The message of the song,…Strait declares four of his ex-girlfriends live in Texas which is why he lives in Tennessee.
Compare that to the Oregon Ducks, visitors in this vast State to play the wildly popular Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl,…well, you get the picture and the association with the song!
Thursday’s practice was open briefly to the media which is mandated by the Alamo Bowl.
For 10 minutes, reporters had the opportunity to shoot photographs and video of the No. 10 Ducks as they warmed up and went through drills before their first on-site workout actually began.
Two items of note from Thursday’s workout - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota continued to wear his protective brace on his left knee during warm-ups, however the brace was then removed during the teams competition drills.
In addition, sophomore running back Byron Marshall, the Ducks leading rusher, participated in drills without any noticeable limp or hindrance to his previously sprained ankle. That certainly bodes well for Oregon in regards to depth at the tailback position.
The Ducks most likely felt right at home during Thursday’s workout. Temperatures hovered in the low 40′s with gray cloudy skies and some light drizzle.
After the team workout, the four charter buses carrying the Ducks returned to the team hotel in downtown San Antonio for meals and team meetings for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.
VIDEO: Oregon Duck Football News has put together a montage of Thursday’s practice session. To view, click on the image shown above. * No player or coach interviews were allowed.