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Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich
I appreciate the Texans in the room kind of faking it (laughter), we’ve got some work to do to win over that crowd! But it’s an honor to represent the University of Oregon and the Pac-12 conference. Thank you to Valero and everyone associated with the Alamo Bowl. San Antonio is obviously a great place to be any time of the year. Our guys will be very excited to take on an iconic program & iconic coach in Mack Brown. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Our guys will be very excited. We had a tough four game stretch there at the end of the season and kind-of stubbed our toe a little bit but we will be hungry to get back out there.
On what kind-of offense Oregon plans to put on the field December 30…
Well hopefully a scoring offense. We want to run the ball, we are a run based offense but have been a little more balanced on offense with Marcus Mariota, who’s been a great player for us. We have a couple Texans in our mix with Josh Huff & Braylon Addison at receiver and both returners. They have done a great job for us. We have been a little bit banged up on the defensive side of the ball but hopefully we can get all those guys healed up and ready for a huge challenge in Texas.
On Scott Frost playing in the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio…
I’m hoping that Chairman Frost is of relation so that we can get a call. San Antonio is obviously a great sports town, a great family town. Everyone is familiar, it’s a great college football town and has been the host of the convention many times. We know almost everything there is about San Antonio and our fans will be excited to get down there.
On his first bowl game as a head coach…
Well, there is a lot more to think about. A lot more on your plate, so to speak. But we have got a great staff. A veteran staff. You eluded to Scott Frost who is a younger guy in the profession but he’s been around Bill Parcells, Bill Walsh, Tony Dungy and a ton of great football minds. Our defensive coordinator has been in the game about 38 years, our running back coach is on his 32nd year at the University of Oregon. They are a great veteran group of guys who made my transition a lot smoother.
Texas Head Coach Mack Brown
Thank you very much. We are very excited about coming back to the Alamo Bowl. I can tell you I don’t pass a Valero gas station without buying now! We’re so excited to be playing Oregon, it’s a great challenge. Mark has done a tremendous job and we can’t wait to get down there. We know it’s a tremendous challenge in representing the Big 12. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to but we are going to go back to work and get after these guys. These guys are like Baylor, they can score fast and have been one of the best football teams in the country over the last few years.
On San Antonio native Malcolm Brown…
Malcolm has matured a lot over the last couple years. He’s had a tremendous year because he has stayed healthy. That’s really been his issue. He did some great things for us late last year against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. He’s become a key component with our offense because we are a run oriented offense. He’s tough, he’s protected the ball and I’m proud of him. I know he’s excited about coming back to San Antonio.
On Jackson Jeffcoat & the rest of the defense stepping up…
Jackson has also been a tremendous leader for us. He learned so much from his Dad, Jim Jeffcoat, who was a great pro with the Cowboys & Bills. He’s just been a force for us throughout the year. Cedric Reed on the other side has done a really good job so those guys have been a real strength for our defense.
On 10-4 Bowl record at Texas…
I think like Mark said, we’ve got an experienced staff. There is a tremendous amount of pride at Texas. Being the University with the second most bowl games ever, you’ve got to win your last game regardless of where youre coaching. That’s something that our guys are aware of. They love playing in bowl games. It gives you a chance to get out of the box. Playing Oregon State & playing Iowa earlier in the decade and now a chance to play Oregon, who has been as good as anyone in the country. It gives you an exciting month to prepare, you do a lot of things for spring practice. You’re doing a lot of things for your future, but it gives you one last game for your seniors. Senior Night is truly your last Bowl game.