December 28, 2014 - by
Noles, Ducks Meet At Disneyland

By Tim Linafelt Senior Writer
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LOS ANGELES – Days before they’ll share the stage at the Rose Bowl, the Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks shared a stage Saturday during a press conference held at Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, Oregon’s Mark Helfrich and five players from each team gathered on a podium in front of the “California Screamin’” roller coaster while park guests stopped and offered cheers and applause.

A Disney orchestra was even on hand to perform the FSU and Oregon fight songs.

“It’s our first trip to Disneyland,” Fisher said. “We’ve been to Disney World (in Florida), but we’ve never been to Disneyland, so it’s our first trip out here. We’re very excited to be here.”

Each coach introduced his team’s five captains for the Rose Bowl. For FSU, that includes quarterback Jameis Winston, receiver Rashad Greene, kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive linemen Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr.

Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota was among the contingent to represent Oregon.

After a few remarks by Fisher and Helfrich, the coaches and players made their way to an interview session with gathered media. They of course fielded questions about the matchup, but there were a few curveballs, too.

A reporter asked Mariota if he had a crush on any Disney princesses while growing up. (He answered Belle from Beauty and the Beast.) And several players were quizzed on topics related to roses.

The contingent then left to join their families and teammates for a session in the park.

Helfrich, whose 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter had been in the park all day, said he received a text message from his family that read “Best. Day. Ever.”

The Disneyland visit was the first event in a week full of them leading up to Thursday’s Rose Bowl in nearby Pasadena.

The Seminoles and Ducks will meet in the first College Football Playoff semifinal at 2 p.m., PST.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever walked in a stadium where the history of a stadium just jumps out at you like it does here,” Fisher said. “I understand why it’s called ‘The Granddaddy Of Them All.’

“It’s our honor to be here, that’s for sure.”

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