Gators' spring game to have similar format


Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

Other than the fact there will be thousands of fans in the stands, Florida's spring game, for the second consecutive year, will basically be just another Saturday scrimmage, with the offense facing off against the defense.

Facts

Orange and Blue Debut

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Gainesville-area TV: Sun Sports
Gainesville-area radio: WRUF
Tickets: On game day, fans can purchase tickets at the stadium from ticket booths on the West side of the stadium near Gates 1 and 3 and also from Gate 13. The O'Connell Center ticket booth at Gate 1 will also be open. All ticket windows will open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 each.

“I think it's important to keep the continuity on both sides of the ball, especially on offense with everything being so new, not dividing up the teams and doing a draft and that sort of thing,” UF coach Will Muschamp said. “We may look at that (playing a traditional spring game) next year.

“We discussed it a little bit, but we're going to keep the units together and keep them competing and have another great day to go out and perform.”

The Gators went with an offense vs. defense theme in last year's Orange and Blue Debut, mainly because UF did not have enough healthy players to divide into two teams.

Muschamp said UF's depth is much better this spring, even though the Gators do have a shortage of defensive linemen due to injuries. Two starters (Dominique Easley and Lerentee McCray) and two backups (Earl Okine and Kedric Johnson) are out for the spring.

Saturday's game will consist of four 12-minute quarters with a running clock. The only time the clock will stop is during the two-minute drill at the end of each half.

The No. 1 offense will represent the Blue team and will be going against the No. 1 defense. The No. 2 offense will represent the Orange and will be competing against the No. 2 defense.

The offensive players will wear blue jerseys, while the defense will be in orange.

As for UF fans, there will be one major change for them Saturday.

Due to ongoing renovations to the west concourse, the entire west side of the stadium will be closed. The upper north and south seating areas also will be closed. The following gates will be open, starting at 11:30 a.m.: 7, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

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