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IN PHOTOS: Ducks meet Mickey as Goofy hype begins in So Cal

Oregon center Hroniss Grasu (left) and Ducks offensive lineman Hamani Stevens mess with each other during interviews Saturday at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif.There was something Mickey Mouse about the Oregon Ducks' first day in Southern California for the Rose Bowl.

The world's most famous celebrity Mouse greeted coach Mark Helfrich and players at Disneyland on Saturday, as Oregon and Florida State kicked off the week of their national semifinal game (2 p.m. Thursday at Pasadena, Calif.).

Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Jameis Winston of FSU, respective winners of the 2014 and 2013 Heisman Trophy awards, drew most of the attention.

Mariota revealed that Goofy is his favorite Disney character.

Helfrich, also a Goofy fan, said meeting Mickey was "big."

But they know that so is the game -- the winner gets to play Jan. 12 at Arlington, Texas, for the national championship.


  • UO quarterback Marcus Mariota (left), followed by coach Mark Helfrich, takes his bag as he gets ready to go on a ride at Disneyland.Featured Oregon players for the round of interviews Saturday were (from left) Marcus Mariota, Keanon Lowe, Hroniss Grasu, Hamani Stevens and Tony Washington.Receiver Keanon Lowe takes a selfie as he awaits the interview session.Coaches Jimbo Fisher (left) of Florida State and Mark Helfrich (right) of Oregon get some Rose Bowl advice from Mickey Mouse.Jimbo Fisher, Florida State coach, and Mark Helfrich, Oregon coach, receive plaques during their teams' visit to Disneyland. Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Winston stand behind their coaches.Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich waves to his family.Linebacker Tony Washington handles an interview.Hamani Stevens, University of Oregon offensive lineman, chats with reporters.U of O quarterback Marcus Mariota, fresh off his run of national awards and player of the year honors and Heisman Trophy selection, commands major attention at Disneyland.Marcus Mariota acknowledges greeters as the Ducks tour Disney California Adventure Park.