'We have some players, but do they want to play for each other?'

COURTESY: ERIC EVANS - TAGGARTEUGENE — Basketball made the Final Four, and now football takes over the attention at the University of Oregon, where the Ducks start spring practice this week and work to be better under first-year coach Willie Taggart after last year's 4-8 season.

A media type suggested to Taggart on Tuesday that the 2016 season could have been much different, had three close losses gone the other way and had the Ducks not blown a lead in the Civil War game against Oregon State.

"I'm not a 'woulda, coulda' guy," Taggart said, an interesting reference after his predecessor, Mark Helfrich, used the "woulda, coulda, shoulda" line plenty of times.

"We lost eight."

But, he says, "we have some players ... who can play at a high level." He said likes how offseason preparation went, and is excited to get on the field Wednesday with his players and coaching staff.

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