Being at the Pac 12 Championship football game was an amazing experience. Being a photographer on the sideline was an even more amazing experience. Being part of the media group on the field is something I won’t forget. The facilities at Levi Stadium are great. The photo work room has space for a lot of photographers. In addition, they had a good food for the photographers which was available before the game, at halftime, and after the game. The 49er crew run a tight ship. Credentials checked numerous times, and you had to stay behind a certain line on the field or you were quickly reminded to get back. Everyone was very cordial which only enhanced my experience.
The Oregon defense played an awesome first half. They were flying to the ball and Arizona was not able to counteract and get any momentum going. I was very impressed. It was fun to watch. The offense took a bit to get firing on all cylinders but when they did, it was all over. Mariota is an elite football player and person. This being my first year photographing sports, it has been a thrill to photograph the potential Heisman trophy winner. Is this a dream or is this really happening?
My hope is the Ducks play in the Rose Bowl on New Years day…and that we play Florida State. I hope people have liked the photos I’ve posted on the EDN website. I try and include different players and exciting situations. I hope this dream continues on into the future.