November 29, 2010

Ebert details his Oregon visit

The nation watched on Friday night as the Oregon Ducks pulled away to beat the Arizona Wildcats 48-29 in a Pac-10 showdown of highly-ranked teams. Two members of the Autzen crowd, visitors from the State of Iowa, were taking in their first live Oregon game.

Iowa Western CC star defensive tackle Jared Ebert made the trip west for the contest on his official visit. The gremlins of holiday travel tried to throw up some roadblocks.

"My mom was with me on the trip," began Ebert. "We left Thursday morning but the plane from Omaha was broken so instead we went to Atlanta first then on to Portland. We were supposed to get in at 3:00 and ended up getting there at 9:00 so we missed all the meetings."

Undeterred, the 6-foot-5, 280 pound athlete found energy in reserve as they arrived in Eugene Thursday night. "When we got there I wasn't really that tired because I had been sleeping all day on the plane, so I met with the coaches, and we just hung out for a while. I didn't end up getting to my room until about 12:00."

Friday following Thanksgiving was game day, and Ebert got up to go see some of the facilities at Autzen prior to the crowds appearing.

"We woke up at about 7:30 and met with Josh Gibson from the football staff and he took me around and gave me a brief tour, just taking me through everything," recalled Ebert. "I saw the locker room I saw the athletic training rooms and everything. After that we went back to the team hotel and ate breakfast with the team. After breakfast we went on a tour of the University and saw the Jaqua Academic Center."

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