Coach Lane Kiffin explains format for Ole Miss football's Grove Bowl spring game on Saturday
OXFORD — The Grove Bowl is coming.
Ole Miss football will host its first spring scrimmage of the Lane Kiffin era Saturday at 4 p.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Kiffin explained the scrimmage will have a similar format to the Rebels' three open practices this spring. The first-team offense and second-team defense will be on one team against the second-team offense and first-team defense.
The remaining players, as well as the assistant coaches and support staff, will be divided up via a draft.
"We work on that actually today and tomorrow after this practice here to make sure with injuries and medical report we'll have that," Kiffin said Tuesday.
The 2020 Grove Bowl was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so this will be Kiffin's first spring game at Ole Miss. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will be open to a full-capacity crowd for the first time since 2019.
Hosting the Grove Bowl is a culmination of more than a month of spring practices, including three weekend scrimmages that have already taken place.
To Kiffin, there's one major difference between a spring game and earlier spring scrimmages.
"I think the only difference is just to see if kids get nervous," Kiffin said. "It's a little bit more like a game obviously with a crowd and build-up to it, some anxiety. I think that sometimes you can see that with guys you haven't played before. Some guys just play better in an atmosphere like that. And some guys struggle."
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