Equally Divided Ducks to Face Off

EUGENE – The University of Oregon's final football scrimmage of the spring will take on a different feel than in past years when the Ducks' hold their annual Spring Game, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Autzen Stadium.

Not only will the "new look" feature a revamped offense as Oregon has experimented with a spread attack that relies on multiple wide receivers following more than 20 years of a more traditional dual running back set, the coaches have attempted to divide the two squads as evenly as possible, with the intent of creating a more competitive scenario for the players.

Admission for the Spring Game is free of charge however spectators are asked to bring three non-perishable food items which will be donated to Food for Lane County.

Parking in the Autzen Stadium east parking lot is free, with gates to open at 9:30 a.m. Access into the stadium will be available through the south and east gates only, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The game will broadcast live on the radio by KUGN (590 AM) in Eugene-Springfield and KZZR (1230 AM) in Burns, and televised live along the Oregon Sports Network via Comcast Northwest Cable (Channel 14). In addition, ESPNU will air the game nationally on a delayed basis at 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Past Spring Games have been formatted to highlight the offense vs. the defense or the first-string offense and defense against the remainder of the squad. This year, the White Team will include six of the Ducks' 10 returning starters from a year ago who will be available for Saturday's scrimmage, while the Green Team will consist of four.

Returning starters Tim Day (TE), Devan Long (DE), J.D. Nelson (FS) and Ian Reynoso (OG) will be among the nine players who are not expected to take part in the Spring Game while recovering from injuries. Others who will be held out of Saturday's action include Rodney Woods (ROV), Mark Lewis (OG), Ryan Keeling (TE), Nate LiaBraaten (TE) and Darius Sanders (DE).

Returning starter Kellen Clemens will quarterback the White Team while Dennis Dixon will lead the Green squad. Joining Clemens will be tailback Terrence Whitehead, wide receiver Demetrius Williams, center Enoka Lucas, tight end/H-back Dante Rosario and cornerback Justin Phinisee. The squad will be coached by offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, running backs coach Gary Campbell, offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, defensive backs coach John Neal, linebackers coach Don Pellum and defensive graduate assistant Dietrich Moore.

Highlighting the Green Team will be defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, cornerback Aaron Gipson, defensive back Jackie Bates and strong safety Anthony Trucks. They will be coached by defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, Dan Ferrigno (wide receivers), Michael Gray (defensive line), Neal Zoumboukos (tight ends) and offensive graduate assistant Luke Butkus.

The format of the game calls for traditional 15-minutes quarters in the first half, but is expected to evolve into a running clock the second half.

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