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Recruits React to Duck Roast

Marcus Mathews

At one time, Oregon was ranked 11th in the nation and seemed like contenders for the Pac-10 title and a BCS bowl berth. A few tough losses tempered expectations for the Ducks, but when looking at the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl match up, local Oregon media touted Oregon's superior athletes, tradition, and affiliation with a BCS conference as certain to spell doom in the desert for the Cougars.

Heading into the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU-bound Marcus Mathews took a lot of ribbing from his friends and teammates at Beaverton, Oregon's Southridge High School. The first ever four-star wide receiver in the state of Oregon also saw a lack of respect for BYU in the local media. "They were saying, they don't stand a chance against the Pac-10 and stuff like that." Mathews said. "They were saying...

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