EUGENE, OR - When it comes to player evaluations, the annual spring game is not all important, but it will give the Oregon coaching staff plenty of film to study in the offseason. For the players, the spring game represents an opportunity to leave one last impression on the coaches before they head into the summer.
"It's huge," said senior tailback Kenjon Barner. "This is your last impression before you start fall camp. So, this is what the coaches remember. So, the impression you make upon them is huge."
"If you had a bad practice, you want to come out the next practice and do well," said senior offensive guard Carson York. "So, this is the last opportunity. If you don't have another opportunity to come out and do better, then it leaves a bad taste in your mouth."
"Nothing is final until after fall camp and the season starts," said senior punter Jackson Rice. "This is a really good time for coaches to get a good idea of where players are and so players know what to work on."
For the coaches, the spring game represents just another step in the evaluation process. It's no more important than any other day.
"It's all the same," said head coach Chip Kelly. "We tell them every day's an evaluation. Every day counts and I'd have a problem with a kid that didn't do very well for 14 days and then all of a sudden turns it on on the 15th day because they don't understand what this program's all about. It's about a consistent effort on every single day."
Kickoff is set for 11am. Two years ago about 25,000 fans watched the spring game and last year 43,468 crammed inside Autzen. They're expecting similar numbers this Saturday. So, fans are encouraged to take the shuttles to come to Autzen Stadium.