TAGGART’S RETURN TO PALO ALTO AND STANFORD – “Looking forward to going down there and our guys playing very well and coming back with a victory”
It must have been a strange, somewhat awkward feeling for California coach Justin Wilcox to return to Autzen Stadium two weeks ago to face his former team where he played from 2005 to 2009.
Especially as a head coach!
The same can be surmised about former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood when he returned to his old stomping grounds for that same contest.
For any coach who returns to coach against his former team there must be an excitement and internal struggle that non of us covering the sport will ever know.
First year Oregon coach Willie Taggart is most certainly feeling that excitement and struggle this week as he prepares his Ducks to play Stanford Saturday in Palo Alto where he coached from 2007 to 2009 under then head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Looking forward to going down there and our guys playing very very well and coming back with a victory” said Taggart Wednesday morning prior to his teams practice session.
Certainly Taggart didn’t want to make to much of his return to Palo Alto, which is his first visit back to the farm since he left in 2009.
Also addressed in Wednesday’s media briefing was which of his two quarterbacks, Braxton Burmeister and Taylor Alie, would start against the Cardinal on Saturday.
Alie, who left the Cal game with a concussion, was back at practice this week taking snaps with the two’s.
“Both of those guys had a good practice yesterday and are looking forward to them having an even better practice today” quipped Taggart when asked about his quarterbacks.
Taggart announced that safety Nick Pickett plus wide receivers Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell were back at practice this week and will be ready to go on Saturday. In addition, running back Royce Freeman returned to practice on Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s practice.
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