If you have a case of the Mondays and are still feeling the effects of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl where the Oregon Ducks lost 34-17 to the Iowa State Cyclones, Penei Sewell has you covered.
One of the best offensive lineman to come through Eugene, Oregon took to social media after the Fiesta Bowl loss to offer up a bright side to what was a mind-bottling, stressful game to watch for Duck fans.
“Watch what my boys do with a 4th quarter program and a true off szn. Jus watch... the lil homies gonna bring home that natty.”
The 2019 Outland Trophy winner, might be onto something here.
A CFP National Championship in the near future? It’s very, very possible.
Let’s first break down the beginning of that tweet.
The Fourth Quarter program starts when the last game is complete from the prior season. It is offseason strength and conditioning and leads into spring practices.
"Our guys treated the 'Fourth Quarter' program as if it was a privilege to be here and they treated this first practice as if it is a privilege to be a member of this football team. That's the way it's got to be," Cristobal opened with during his meeting with the media after practice back in March 2019.
"It sure felt different out there. From a speed, closing on the ball, creating separation, and being able to maintain balance and body control. All of those things help you practice fast and that's a product of the developmental cycle particularly the fourth quarter program."
The 2021 Ducks should take that sour taste left in the mouth from the Fiesta Bowl and use it as motivation this offseason.
Speaking of offseason, heading into the 2020 season that was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic was stressful, to say the least. Players were told there would be no season, they were told there would be and then several schedule changes later, there was finally a season ahead, despite the uncertainty of it all.
That can be a huge mental strain on the players and coaching staff.
Now, the Ducks have learned first-hand what it takes to get through an offseason and fall camp amidst a global pandemic.
Let’s now break down the second half of Sewell’s tweet.
The 2020-2021 Oregon football roster was the youngest in the entirety of college football. And the team still managed a Pac-12 Championship and trip to the Fiesta Bowl despite losing key members to opt-outs from the 2019 group.
Mario Cristobal recruited at an elite level and has brought in one of the best classes in program history finishing No. 1 in the Pac-12 conference and No. 6 nationally, in the 247Sports class rankings.
The incoming class is highlighted by five-star quarterback Ty Thompson and includes five-star tackle Kinglsey Suamataia, five-star WR Trot Franklin and a ton of additional, elite talent.
It’s not about rebuilding in Eugene, Oregon but rather reloading.
Sewell's time in an Oregon uniform was certainly special and he was greatly missed on the Ducks offensive line this season, but now the projected top-5 2021 NFL Draft pick will get his shot in the NFL.