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Rocco Previews New Spring Game Format

April 14, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Tyler Brennan hands the ball off to Chase Barnett during Liberty's 2010 spring football game.

Tyler Brennan hands the ball off to Chase Barnett during Liberty's 2010 spring football game.

For the first time in several years, Liberty's annual spring football game will resemble a more traditional game format when the Flames hold their intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

During the last several spring football games, the Flames' intra-squad workout pitted their white-jerseyed offensive players against their blue-clad defensive players. Under a unique scoring system, both units accumulated points for various accomplishments.

Last year, the Flames' defense was able to control what would prove to be the No. 2 offense in the country later in the fall by winning the spring game, 38-25. The defense finished the day with two interceptions, seven sacks and nine tackles for a loss.

This spring, head coach Danny Rocco's spring football game will look more like a regular game that fans would see inside Williams Stadium on a fall Saturday afternoon or evening.

Liberty's first-team offense and second-team defense will be pitted against the Flames' first-team defense and second-team offensive units. A select group of players will be able to play for both squads at the coaching staff's discretion.

The Flames will play four 12-minute quarters with a running game clock until the final two minutes of each half, where regular in-game clock rules will apply. Additionally, plays on the quarterbacks will not be "live" nor will the Flames have live kickoff or punt returns.

During today's coverage of spring practice, Flames Sports Network correspondent Nick Pierce had a chance to sit down and preview the spring football game with Rocco.

The Flames will hit the turf at Williams Stadium tonight at 7:30 p.m., followed by a walkthrough workout on Friday at 4:15 p.m., their final two tune-ups before Saturday.