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Per the Hawkeye Football Twitter account, Iowa will have a four quarter scrimmage for Saturday's spring game. Gates open at 1, with the scrimmage beginning at 2.
Heyoooo. That's good news. I don't mind a little bit more scrimmaging. Players like it. Recruits enjoy it. Plus if the coaches have time before the game to work with the players, thats a plus. Win win win.
Todd, I feel like it has been mentioned before, but will BTN be televising this? I can't make it this weekend and I was just seeing if I would be able to see it on TV.
Thanks for any info!
IMHO, this is a fantastic move by the coaches.
Awesome. That will make Saturday a lot more fun.
Tweet from Brian Ferentz: "It's going to me more exciting than the traditional "controlled scrimmage". Expect a throwback to 2002!"
As of now, it doesn't look like it. However, if something changes, I would assume Iowa would make some sort of an announcement about it.
I'm hoping the whole season is a throwback to '02. Well, except for the loss to Iowa State.
I'll take the loss too.
Ole KF is really proving me wrong. IDK if its Brian in his ear or what, but he seems to be slowly changing things up.
BTN is televising the Minnesota spring game that day last I heard. Too bad we didnt announce earlier because Im sure BTN wouldve picked us or them.
Either way Im happy about the new setup.
As of right now, checking the BTN scheduling, there is a 2 hours slot titled "Big Ten Spring Football: Iowa" set at 8:00 PM EST on SUNDAY
My apologies - didn't see that. I just checked through Saturday. Thanks for pointing that out.
I am thinking it was your thread that made this change come about
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Charge your phone
I wouldn't be surprised if they're dialed in on social media. As a younger coach, Brian's likely to be extremely tech savvy.
And I know for a fact that many schools' compliance departments monitor sites like these. It's part of the world they have to live in. It's also an easy way to monitor fans' temperatures based on what's being discussed. A last second change like this...it wouldn't surprise me at all if it's because they were picking up that Hawkeye fans want more.
I'll give Ferentz credit. Whatever their origin, he's made a few smart moves to reconnect with Iowa's disgruntled fan base.
Thanks for the info guys. Good to see Iowa getting some air time!
It might be worth making the trek to Kinnick, even if it is going to be replayed on BTN.
True, as the spring game is a great opportunity for the fans to meet their favorite players. Personally, I always thought the best way to approach it as a fan was to spend as much time as possible with the redshirt freshmen and sophomores that haven't broken out yet. There will likely be a long line of fans waiting to talk to guys like Kirksey, Morris, Martin-Manley, Fiedorowicz, Weisman, etc, but how many people will be waiting to talk to Tevaun Smith, Ryan Ward, John Kenny, Laron Taylor, Jaleel Johnson, Maurice Fleming, Sean Draper, Ruben Lile, etc? Those guys could be future stars at Iowa, and this is a great opportunity for fans to spend a little time with them.
Ya I also feel they were almost forced to, to help sort out the q.b situation. (Sorry if someone said this I haven't had time to read it all)
Good point, as it'll give the coaches a more gamelike situation in which to evaluate all three of those guys for the first time.
The scoring system for the spring game will be offense basically scores the way they normally do, so a touchdown is six points, extra point, field goals. The other way the offense will get points in this system is three first downs in a row creates one point or an explosive play run of 12 plus or a pass of 16 plus. So that's where the offense will pick up points.
Defense scores by obviously any kind of return for a touchdown is seven points. If they get a turnover that does not result in a touchdown, it's worth three points. If they get three‑and‑out, it's worth one. A sack is worth two points. A sudden change in the red zone, if the team turns the ball over in the red zone, the offense does not score a touchdown, they get four points.
In Saturday's work, we did that during our individual time. Then when we went and scrimmaged, we let the quarterback own his drive. If he started the drive, it was three‑and‑out, the next quarterback played the next series. If the quarterback went eight, nine, ten plays, he got to own his drive. That is probably the way we'll do it this Saturday.
-per Greg Davis
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