The ZOO Weekly The Zoo Weekly It was a long year for the Ducks, but after the coaching change, they rallied for 4 straight wins, including a Big Bowl Blowout. This year they look look to rebound and get the team back into the PAC 10 Title hunt. Coach Drausus Interview: You lose QB Masoli and and DE CiViscanzio. How will the replacements fill those spots? "I have a lot of hope in QB Thomas. He can throw the ball and he has great speed so he will be a hand full for opposing defenses. On the D side, Senior RE Taylor had 5 sacks last year and DT Bray had 4 sacks and 10 TFL's. I like our defense and hopefully we can anoint another "Gang Green" defense this year." You RB situation is still up in the air. Are you going with James or Shinaba to start? "We don't know yet. James ran for 1400 + Yards last year with 14 TD's, but Shinaba came on strong at the end. As of right now I will say James, but look for both of them this season to get a fair amount of carries." Oregon only has 3 commitments going into the off-season. Is there anyone you are gunning for? "There are several on our list right now. We have signed some good DB's and we believe we have another young 4* RB on the way. Our Secondary as of right now is strong and will get stronger with the new additions, but we will need another good QB if we want to compete in the future." Where do you plan on having Oregon when the season is done? "I plan on winning another Bowl Game. Our major goal right now is the National Title, and if it was anything different I shouldn't be coaching and these players shouldn't be playing. Our secondary goal is to put the Ducks back on the map.... but I think we began to do that towards the end of last year and It will continue into this year." _________________________ Oregon will have several obstacle to over-come this year, as they lost most of their big time players, but Coach Drausus said, "Every school lost big time players, and this year is about creating new ones".