Friday, September 25, 2009

Headed to Corvallis

Well, right now we are sitting around and waiting in the equipment room for our bus to leave for the airport. Our bus leaves at 12:15 this afternoon.

We will arrive in Eugene Oregon this afternoon right around 5pm. It seems we always arrive a little early up there. The team will depart immediately for Salem Oregon where they will stay tonight. The equipment staff, we will go directly to Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State campus where our locker room is located. The football stadium does not have a locker room for the visiting team.

We will arrive at Gill around 6 - 6:30 this evening to unload our equipment into the locker room. We hire security to sit with the equipment all night. We will work for a little while, but save most of the work for tomorrow. We mainly just get things situated. We choose to stay in Corvallis instead of staying with the team. There is not a hotel in Corvallis for the team to stay in, so they generally stay in Eugene or Salem, which is about 45 minutes to an hour away. We have been staying at the same hotel, Salbasgeon Suites in Corvallis for about the past 10 years. It just makes much more sense to do that instead of driving on the dangerous two lane winding highways that many times are in the cold and rain.

I hope to have pictures up tonight of all the work we do today. In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures from practice yesterday below.

Michael Barnett running and hustling as usual:Jordan Bates placing the ball for the offense during team drills:

Coach Dykes overlooking his offense with a new QB for this week:

Billy Worthington hustling the ball back, and Zack Risdon looking at where the ball needs to be spotted next:

Not a great shot of the managers as they wait to retrieve balls, but a good shot of the beautiful view we get each day at practice:

Zack Risdon and Billy Worthington run the defensive team drill yesterday:

Billy Worthington hustling while spotting balls for the defense:

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