Kentucky will kick off its Blue-White spring game at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday at Kroger Field, and while the setting will be familiar, the format will not be.
Rather than splitting the roster with half going to the White team and half to the Blue team, the spring game will merely be offense (blue team) vs. defense (white team). There’s not enough depth on the spring roster to field two complete squads.
“When you don’t split the teams and you just play offense and defense, you get to rotate your guys like you would in a normal game,” said Dean Hood, special teams coordinator and secondary coach.
Kentucky spring game format
There will be four 12-minute quarters with the following scoring format, per UK’s news release:
- Normal scoring rules: 6 points for a touchdown, 3 points for a field goal, 1 point for an extra point.
- If the offense earns consecutive first downs to start a drive, it will be awarded 2 points and 1 additional point for each first down earned after. However, if the offense finishes the drive with a touchdown or a made field goal those points override any points earned from first downs. For example, if the offense starts a drive with three consecutive first downs then punts, it will be awarded 3 points. However, if that same drive ends with a touchdown instead of a punt, the offense will receive only the points earned from the touchdown/extra point.
- Normal scoring rules for a defensive touchdown or safety.
- Force a turnover: 4 points
- Fourth-down stop: 2 points
- Force offense to go three-and-out: 2 points
- Sack: 1 point
- Tackle for loss: 1 point