Football Facility Outshines Opening Day for Ducks; Quarterback Competition in Corvallis; and Emeralds on All Star Break

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Northwest League Baseball

The Eugene Emeralds are in the middle of the Northwest League All Star Break… the top players in the south division will face the finest from the north this evening in Everett, Washington.

New Duck Facility Shines

Mark Helfrich opened his first fall camp as head coach of the Oregon Ducks yesterday… but he was upstaged by the new football performance center.

The lavish complex adjacent to Autzen Stadium houses a locker room with showers lined in Italian tile and a team auditorium upholstered in the same leather used by Ferrari.

Helfrich, the team’s former offensive coordinator, was promoted to head coach when Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Ducks continue to have an national profile… they’re ranked number three in the preseason polls… they open the season at home August 31st against Nicholls State.

Beavers Looking for Winner at QB

In Corvallis, quarterback Sean Mannion took the first snap when fall practice opened for Oregon State.

But don’t read too much into that.

The quarterback competition between Mannion and Cody Vaz will be closely watched over the next months as the Beavers prepare for the season.  Oregon State, ranked 25th in the preseason polls, will also open at home August 31st.  Their opponent will be Eastern Washington.