Irish spring football game will be offense vs. defense

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday that a latck of depth will again prevent the Irish from going head-to-head with split squads during Saturday’s Blue-Gold Spring Football Game.
Instead, it again will be an offense vs. defense format with the defense being awarded points for fumbles, interceptions and three-and-outs by the offense.
“I know its the thrilling scoring system y’all all wait for, but it will be similar to what we had last year,” said Kelly. “We just don’t have the numbers. Hopefully, I’m standing here next year at this time with a full stock of offensive linemen and eight decent wide receivers.
“That’s really what’s holding us up from splitting the squad up into a true Blue-Gold scrimmage.”
Kelly said the defense will be wearing blue jerseys and the offense will wear white.
Seven players won’t participate because of injuries. Linebacker Dan Fox, safety Nicky Baratti, cornerback Bennett Jackson and defensive lineman Chase Hounshell are all out with shoulder injuries. Running back Amir Carlisle (broken collarbone), wide receiver Corey Robinson (hyperextended elbow) and running back Tyler Plantz (foot) are also being held out of contact drills.

Purdue coach Darrell Hazell announced the spring football achievement awards earlier this week.
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos and defensive tackle Ryan Watson were named the Most Improved Award winners, true freshman Danny Etling was the Newcomer Award winner, center Robert Kugler and defensive end Ryan Russell were the Pit Bull Award winners (players that exemplified and sustained tenacity and intensity) and Frankie Williams was the Hammer Award winner as the hardest hitter of the spring.
The team did not vote on team captains after the spring practices and will wait until fall camp to do so.

Spring football attendance is always a mixed bag. Most schools make it a freebie for the fans, while other charge a nominal fee to cover the costs of stadium support staff.
The surprise from all of the numbers so far? Kentucky’s attendance last week of 50,831 — and no, the basketball team didn’t play a scrimmage at halftime on a makeshift court.
The excitement was generated from the promise of new coach Stoops, a former assistant at Florida State who so far has talked a good game of building a Wildcats team that will attack on offense and defense.

Nebraska 60174
Kentucky 50831
Texas 46000
Texas A&M 45212
Georgia 45113
Ohio State 37643
South Carolina 35218
Louisville 33000
Clemson 30000
Oklahoma 29200
Mississippi 28000
Florida State 27500
Michigan 18000
Southern Cal 15284
North Carolina 15000
Vanderbilt 14000
Brigham Young 12000
Colorado 10244
Boise State 9146
Maryland 8200

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Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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