Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks Long Branch Tavern in Monroe is part of Civil War football lore Long Branch Tavern in Monroe is part of Civil War football lore (Photo Gallery)
Population 680, Monroe is a proud farming town in the Willamette Valley that serves as the closest thing to a demarcation line in the Civil War, one of college football's oldest rivalries. It is 18 miles from Oregon State in Corvallis and 23 miles from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Oregon Ducks Coaches tied to history of the Civil War rivalry Coaches tied to history of the Civil War rivalry
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Oregon State coach Mike Riley both grew up in the state where it's been said that on Civil War game day, everyone is either a Duck or a Beaver.
Oregon Ducks Freshmen fill vital roles for Oregon Freshmen fill vital roles for Oregon (Photo Gallery)
As players like senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - and perhaps junior quarterback Marcus Mariota - aspire to finish their college careers with a spot in the first playoffs and a national championship bid, they're being helped along the way by a group of promising freshmen including running back Royce Freeman and receivers Charles Nelson and Devon Allen.