Coach Sonny Dykes said the Bears will run about 80 plays Saturday during their Cal Spring Football Experience.
The occasion won’t be strictly a spring game. There are lots of festivities planned to go with the scrimmaging, but a full-fledged spring game isn’t practical, Dykes said.
“When you’re an uptempo offense the problem you run into is spring games become a real pain in the rear end,” he said. “When we were at Louisiana Tech we ran I think in the neighborhood of 75 plays in the first quarter of the spring game one year.
“There’s no rest. You have 22 guys playing, so it’s basically like 150 plays. That’s a bit of an issue.”
Dykes said Saturday’s free event will have a mix of fan interaction. “Try to make it a good experience,” he said.
Gates will open at 10 a.m., with the scrimmage beginning at 11 a.m. Pac-12 Networks will televise the proceedings.
Here’s more on the Cal Spring Football experience:
· Run On The Field With The Bears – First 100 fans in attendance receive a ticket good for the opportunity to lead the Bears onto the field through the North Tunnel
· Giveaways – First 2,500 fans receive Cal-themed food, schedule posters and t-shirts
· Youth Clinic – Free 30-minute clinic on the field for youth, eighth grade and below (registration begins at 10 a.m. on Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza)
· In-Game Events and Activities – Fans will be able to win prizes for competing in on-field promotional events
· Field Club – The exclusive Field Club will be open featuring food and beverages, two levels of seating to relax and over 20 televisions to watch the event on the Pac-12 Networks
· Food Options – Concession stands managed by Cal Dining will also be open for business on the main concourse
· Appearances by Oski, Cal Spirit and the Cal Band
· Pregame Fun Zone and Kids Activities
· Cal Bears Shop Merchandise Sale
· More details at CalBears.com/springfootball