Many of Oregon’s football fans spend a chunk of their fall stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 between Portland and Autzen Stadium.
For the second consecutive spring, the Ducks will make the drive north so as many as 3,200 diehards can watch them scrimmage — this time at Franklin High School in Portland, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
After the scrimmage, which is Oregon’s eighth practice of the spring, fans will have a chance to interact with the team on the field.
“Last year when we did that it was definitely a highlight of spring ball, just going up there and being with the fans and stuff, showing them how we’ve been working,” said safety Brady Breeze, who played at Portland’s Central Catholic High. “So I’m really excited to see what we can do up there and just show the guys and the fans what we’ve been working for, just the difference this year compared to last year.”
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal wants to see great effort from his team during a scrimmage expected to include at least 50-to-60 plays.
“We want to see physicality, we want to see who’s willing to knock each other back when they’re tired, when they’re hurting a little bit, when it’s third-and-1, when it’s play 60, when it’s play 70,” Cristobal said. “That’s what we want to see. We want to see drill transition and we want to see culture carry over when it really counts and it’s on the line.”
The gates at Franklin High will open at 12:30 p.m. and there is limited parking in the area, so fans are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool.