This is the fourth time a current Ducks player has been on the SI cover, and all have been quarterbacks. The last time was quarterback Jason Fife in 2003 following Oregon's victory over #4 Michigan.
Before that, in 2001 Joey Harrington was on the cover of SI's college football preview issue (along with some idiot from Oregon State named Ken Simonton).
And quarterback Akili Smith was on the cover just prior to the NFL draft. I'd have expected Oregon's Dan Fouts, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, might also have been on the cover, but alas no.
I may not like Oregon's current football uniforms (or any of them since the Harrington era), but I love seeing them on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Go Ducks!!!