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Hawkeyes will end spring football practices with a scrimmage

[ 0 ] April 24, 2013 |

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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About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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