April 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team will play its second controlled scrimmage of the spring season on Saturday, April 14, with practice opening to the public at noon on Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas, who will complete its 11th of 15 spring practice with the scrimmage on Saturday, will conclude its spring season next weekend with the annual Blue and Gray Spring Game on Saturday, April 21 at 6 p.m.
A live blog of the action will be available on the Georgetown University Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com.
The Hoyas finished 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League, its best record since 1999 and best league finish since joining the PL in 2001.
"Our guys are very hungry, so motivation has not been a problem this spring," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "Last year we got a taste of winning, getting so close to our ultimate goal, this year our motto is finish the job, and our guys have done a great job of living up to that."
The scrimmage portion of practice will begin at 12:30 p.m., opening up running through its punt packages. Georgetown's first team offense and defense will match up for 10 plays beginning at the offense's 25 yard line. Georgetown's defense, under the direction of Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Rob Sgarlata, returns two First Team All Patriot League selections with linebacker Robert McCabe and cornerback Jeremy Moore. The Hoyas offense, which returns 10 starters, will be under the direction of new offensive coordinator Vinny Marino, as the defense.
The second team offense and defense will also square off for 10 plays beginning at the offense's 25-yard line. The first and second teams will again match up with the ball starting at the offense's 40 yard line for 10 plays each, before the ball will be moved to the defense's 40 yard line for 10 more plays per unit.
The Hoyas will finish the scrimmage competing for points in the red zone, where the first and second units will have between three to five series to score in the red zone. Offensive scores will be worth the standard amount of points, while the defense will earn seven points for fourth down stops, blocked field goals or forced turnovers. The defense can also earn one point for a blocked extra point or two points for a stopped two point conversion.
Georgetown excelled in the red zone on both sides of the ball during the 2011 season, finishing third in the nation in red zone offense efficiency, scoring on 36-of-39 drives with 24 touchdowns. The Hoyas red zone defense was eighth in the nation, holding opponents to 25 scores in 37 opportunities.