Fighting Illini Spring Football Game Format Announced

The Illini Spring Game is at 1 pm on Saturday, April 23 at Memorial Stadium.
The Illini Spring Game is at 1 pm on Saturday, April 23 at Memorial Stadium.

April 21, 2011

The annual Fighting Illini Orange and Blue Spring Football Game is scheduled for 1 pm Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Admission and parking is free. Parking is available in the lots surrounding Memorial Stadium and the Assembly Hall. Fans can enter the stadium and watch the scrimmage from the east side of Memorial Stadium.

Because of injuries at certain positions, the Illinois coaching staff will be using a scoring system that matches the Illinois Defense (Orange) against the Illinois Offense (Blue) on Saturday. The offense versus defense format was used for both the 2007 and 2008 Illini Spring Games. For the 2009 and 2010 Spring Games, the squad was split evenly and a traditional scoring system was used.

The offense can score the following ways:
First Down - 1 point
PAT - 1 point
Play Over 30 Yards - 2 points
Field Goal - 3 points
Touchdown - 6 points

The defense can score the following ways:
Any stop - 1 point
3 and Out, first series - 2 points
4th Down Stop - 2 points
Turnover - 3 points
Turnover for Touchdown - 9 points

Illini Spring Game Coverage
Illinois' annual Orange and Blue scrimmage will be streamed live on and televised on the Big Ten Network on a delay at 6 p.m. CT / 7 ET that evening, with Steve Kelly and former Illini All-American J Leman calling the action. The game can also be heard live on the radio in Champaign on WDWS AM-1400 with Brian Barnhart and Kurt Kittner on the call.

Ball, Weatherford to Return as Honorary Coaches
Former Illini and current NFL players Alan Ball and Steve Weatherford have been announced as honorary coaches for the Spring game.

DIA Merchandise Sale Info
In conjunction with the Spring Game, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Gameday Spirit will hold the annual Fighting Illini merchandise sale in the Great East Hall of Memorial Stadium. The sale will open to the public at 9 a.m. on April 23 and will continue through the end of the Spring Game.