The Hokies are currently moving full speed ahead in their spring workouts in Blacksburg, as the team continues their early preparation for the 2017 season.
With the practices in full swing, the team is inching closer to the conclusion of their workouts, which end with the annual Maroon-Orange Spring Football Game on April 22nd in Lane Stadium.
With the annual scrimmage now two weeks away, head coach Justin Fuente and the coaching staff have officially announced the format of the Maroon-Orange Game.
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According to Hokiesports.com, here is what the coaches have decided on for the April 22nd intrasquad tilt:
"“Fuente’s plans for the game call for the squad to participate in four 12-minute quarters (running clock). The Orange squad (offense) will be on the home sideline, with the Maroon squad (defense) on the visiting sideline. The quarterbacks, who will be wearing gold jerseys, will not be tackled. Each team will receive one timeout in the last two minutes of each half. Expect a 10-minute intermission.Special teams will be limited in this setting to reduce the risk of injury. There will be no rush on field goals and extra points. In punting situations, only the punter, snapper, and return man will be on the field with the ball being placed where the return man fields the ball. There will be no kickoffs. The ball will be placed automatically at the 35-yard line following scores.Offensive Scoring:Touchdown = 6 pointsExtra Point = 1 pointField Goal = 3 pointsDefensive Scoring:Turnovers = 7 points3 and out = 3 pointsStop = 1 point”"
This format, especially as it pertains to the lack of special teams involvement, is not a big surprise, as the Hokies will look to reduce the chance of injury in their final true football activity until fall practices begin.
Both sides of the ball have been plagued by injuries to key positional groups this spring, especially on the defensive side of the football, where Bud Foster’s unit has been noticeably thin throughout the duration of the workouts.
The Maroon-Orange Spring Game on Saturday, April 22nd will kickoff at 2:30 PM in Lane Stadium, and the cost is free to the public.