Women take to Autzen Stadium turf at UO football clinic
EUGENE, Ore. -- Autzen Stadium in Eugene got a dose of girl power Saturday when a group of women did the tackling.
Dozens of women, mostly University of Oregon students (and some almost 80 years old), learned how to be a football player.
Saturday's "Women's Football Clinic" gave participants a chance to see what it's like behind the huddles.
"Who doesn't love football? Who doesn't love to tackle a pad or throw a football,” said UO Assistant Director of Operations Julie Reed. “Everyone thinks it's easy and it's really not. So it's just a way to get everyone to be able to experience the game of football."
The clinic has been going on at the university for years but it's the first event with a new coaching staff.
Head Coach Willie Taggart and some players taught the women offense, defense, and weight lifting.
The women put their skills to the test on the field by catching, throwing, and tackling.
Reed says some ladies came with a lot of knowledge of the college game, and others left learning more.