April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team will host its annual Blue & Gray Spring Game at 6 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, April 21. The controlled scrimmage will match the Hoyas offense, in blue jerseys, against the defense, in white. A live blog of all of the action during the spring game will be available on the Georgetown University Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com.
Many players will be familiar, as Georgetown will feature 10 returning starters on offense, including starting quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) and seven returning starters on defense, including inside linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep), who led the Patriot League and broke the program's record for tackles (134). GU will also feature several players on both sides of the ball who have earned playing time during their career on the Hilltop, as well as a host of players who will push for playing time in the fall after strong work in the offseason conditioning program and spring practices.
"Going into the spring we had some unanswered questions," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "I think we've addressed them by creating depth at several different positions and that was a focal point. We have made a lot of progress and the guys have really bought into what we're doing on both sides of the ball."
The Blue & Gray game will consist of four eight-minute quarters, with the offense starting at its own 35 yard line. With the scrimmage featuring an offense vs. defense format, the scoring system will award points for more than the standard six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal and one or two points for the extra-point. The offense will also earn one point for first downs and two points for explosive plays (run over 10 yards, pass over 20 yards).
The defense will earn two points for a defensive stop, two points for a sack and three points for a three-and-out series by the offense. The Hoyas defense will also earn three points for a missed or blocked field goal, one point for a blocked extra point and two points for a missed two-point conversion. The defense will also earn six points for a turnover and 10 points for a turnover returned for a touchdown. The Blue & Gray Spring Game concludes the Hoyas spring practice session, with the team rejoining in August to begin training camp, in preparation for its season-opener at Davidson on Saturday, September 1.
The spring game will follow the team's banquet, celebrating a 2011 season that saw the Hoyas among the most improved teams in Division I FCS. Head Coach Kevin Kelly and the coaching staff will honor the program's 15 graduating seniors and hand out its 2011 team awards. GU will also name its 2012 team captains and the recipient of the Joe Eacobacci Memorial No. 35 jersey. The 2012 recipient will be the ninth player to earn the honor, following senior Wayne Heimuli, the 2011 recipient. Scoring: Offense 1st Down-1 pt. Explosive Play (Run over 10 yards, Pass over 20 yards)-2 pts. Field Goal-3 pts. Touchdown-6 pts. Extra Point-1 pt. 2 point conversion-2 pts. Defense Defensive stop-2 pts. Sack-2 pts. 3 and out-3 pts. Missed or Blocked Field Goal-3 pts. Turnover-6 pts. Turnover for TD-10 pts. Missed Extra Point- 1 pt. Missed 2 point conversion- 2 pts.