EUGENE, Ore. -- On a cool December night in San Diego, Jeremiah Masoli introduced himself to the entire country.
Masoli ran for 106 yards, threw for 258 more, and accounted for four touchdowns on his way to being named the 2008 Holiday Bowl offensive MVP.
Seven months later, Masoli is back on the practice field with the University of Oregon Ducks football team, ready to build on his performance in the bowl game.
"This year, you know we've got a different attitude, different mentality going into this season," said the junior quarterback. "I think the summer workouts and the participation reflects that."
A year ago (at left) Masoli arrived in Eugene as a junior college transfer who was simply hoping to contribute any way possible. In just a few short months, he became the Ducks QB -- and one of the most dangerous players in the country.
Now he carries the high hopes of the Oregon football team on his shoulders. It's a challenge that he embraces.
"I just know what I can do, and you know just try and play within myself and make my teammates better," he said. "My team as a whole I feel we are stacked everywhere, and I feel real confident in every position. So, you know I just know that we're ready to roll."
The Ducks will find out just how ready they are in the season opener against Boise State on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium Sept. 3.
The game has special meaning for Masoli after he was knocked out of the game in the first quarter last year.
"It's kind of embarrassing having them come over here and beat us on our home field," Masoli said, "but I think this year we'll take it to them."