Rodriguez said he hopes the spring game will be entertaining for fans.
"We don't have enough guys to have a true game -- to have a maize and a blue team -- but I think you'll be able to see some guys compete a little bit who are out there for the first time and have some fun," he said. The coaching staff will keep the play calling simple, and the few familiar names probably won't see much action because of the risk of injuries."That's why it's hard to pick two teams, because guys like (defensive end) Brandon Graham won't play a whole lot," Rodriguez said. "They'll play a few series and be out of there." freep.com
My slight amount of enthusiasm for this Saturday's event has shifted to the FIRST EVER Alumni Flag Football Game!!!! woot-woot!!!!!? Set to begin at 10 AM in the Big House this event has my heart pounding! (which it does, generally, 70 times a minute...). Check out the former players line-up:
|Derek Bell, OL, 2004||Allen Jefferson, RB, 1987-90|
|Ron Bellamy, WR, 1999-2002||Dan Jokisch, TE, 1988-90|
|Jim Betts, S, 1968-70||Ankit Kachhal, P, 2007|
|Mark Bihl, C, 2003-06||Brian Lafer, WR, 2003|
|Chris Bohn, LB, 1988-90||Rick Leach, QB, 1975-78|
|Chris Calloway, WR, 1987-89||Mike Leoni, OT, 1978-79|
|Jason Carr, QB, 1993-95||Roy Manning, LB, 2001-04|
|Zia Combs, CB, 2001-02||Alex Marshall, LB/DE, 1988-91|
|Clint Copenhaver, LB, 1995-98||Andy Mignery, TE, 2001-03|
|Markus Curry, CB, 2002-04||Kirk Moundros, RB, 1999-2002|
|Carl Diggs, LB, 2000-03||Aaron Richards, WR, 2000|
|Scott Dreisbach, QB, 1995-98||Todd Richards, WR, 1993-95|
|Bill Dufek, OT, 1974-78||Jay Riemersma, TE, 1992-95|
|Brandent Englemon, S, 2004-07||Aaron Shea, TE, 1996-99|
|Mike Evans, DT, 1988-91||Michael Taylor, QB, 1987-89|
|Thomas Guynes, OL, 1993-96||Anthony Thomas, RB, 1997-2000|
|Ali Haji-Sheikh, PK, 1979-82||Phil Webb, RB, 1985-87|
|James Hall, DE, 1996-99 (GUEST REFEREE)||Thomas Wilcher, RB, 1985-86|
|Kenneth Jackson, CB, 1996-98||Brandon Williams, CB, 1999-200|
Special spectators will include: Steve Breaston (Arizona Cardinals), Larry Foote (Pittsburgh Steelers), James Hall (St. Louis Rams), Mike Hart (Indianapolis Colts), Jon Jansen (Washington Redskins), Ryan Mundy (Pittsburgh Steelers), LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers).
Could you imagine the fall-out if those NFL guys played and were injured during a Flag Football Game???? Ruh-oh!! Although, one can ride a motorcycle sans helmet and still succeed.......
Tirrel Burton will coach the maize squad and Jerry Hanlon will command the blue flaggers. Teams will be announced later today (broadcast on WTKA no less!) from practice late this afternoon. Once we find out who got picked last...um, I mean who is on which team...we'll weigh-in on the match-up!
Hopefully they'll have someone announcing the game on Saturday too!!!!!
I'd love to hear Bob Ueker say: "He missed the flag, He missed the flag!!!"
And this one is extra credit, since I have completely taken a powder the past few months and left Andy with the show.
I "love you man" (sticking with the beer commercial theme)