IOWA CITY, Ia. – For the first time in nearly a decade, Iowa will end spring football practices with a scrimmage.
The traditional spring game was gradually phased out by coach Kirk Ferentz in the early 2000s, but the Hawkeyes will keep score during Saturday’s 2 p.m. practice at Kinnick Stadium.
“I’ve always wanted, and I’m sure a lot of people have wanted, to play a game,” sophomore running back Mark Weisman said. “It’s more fun for us and the fans, too.
“We’re excited about it.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis explained the scoring system during a Wednesday press conference:
- Touchdowns, extra points and field goals will count the same as a typical game.
- The offense can also earn a point with three first downs in a row, or with a running play of 12 yards or pass play of 16 yards.
- The defense can score 3 points by forcing a turnover. A three-and-out is worth 1 point. A sack is good for 2 points. A “sudden-change” play in the red zone is worth 4 points.
“It’s a pretty good way to have the offense play the defense,” Davis said.
This is the second notable change from Iowa’s usual spring routine. Two weeks ago, the Hawkeyes held a practice in West Des Moines.
“It’s more of a game feel than a practice feel,” receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. “Guys are really excited about that.”
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