Oregon honors service men and women with spring game uniforms

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Oregon will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, closing the second spring practice of the Mark Helfrich era in Eugene. One of the many traditions that has carried over from Chip Kelly to Helfrich has been using the spring game as a chance to showcase a specially designed uniform.

This year, the Ducks will be paying tribute to service men and women across the country with the "Salute the Day" spring game uniforms. The material for the design will be Nike's Mach Speed uniform, which is "built for optimal thermoregulation."

More details on the uniform's design, via GoDucks.com:

For the past five years, Nike and the University of Oregon have partnered to create a custom-designed uniform for the team's final Spring scrimmage. This year, both the home and away uniforms feature unique details including “Salute the Day” nameplates, as well as custom insignias and patches to honor those who serve our country by land, by sea and by air.

The new “Salute The Day” uniform neck patch features the silhouette of the Ducks' Autzen Stadium with blue, chrome, and red accents. On the left sleeve of the jersey, a special “rising duck” patch, featuring five vertical monochromatic bands of color representing each branch of the military, represents the team's rise above the competition. A tonal yellow American flag appears on the right shoulder of both the home and away jersey. Oregon's state motto “Alis Volat Propriis” (meaning “she flies with her own wings”) is embroidered inside the back of the neck.

We don't understand thermoregulation in its entirety, but the uniforms look cool. Check out a closer look at each of the "Salute the Day" modifications below.

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