March 24, 2010
Members of the media will call plays for one team while representatives of the university will be on the opposite sideline as Rice holds its annual Blue-Gray Spring Football Game on Saturday. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. in Rice Stadium and is free to the public.
Fox 26's Mark Berman, KPRC Channel 2's Randy McIlvoy, KHOU Channel 11's Matt Musil, ABC 13's Bob Slovak and CW 39's Jorge Vargas will make up Team News and call plays for one team during the spring game. Coaching Team Rice will be Dr. Alex Byrd, Associate Professor of History and Rice's NCAA Faculty Representative, NFL defensive end ND Kalu, who played collegiately for the Owls, Rice police chief William Taylor and Linda Thrane, Rice University's Vice President for Public Affairs.
The spring game will pit the offense vs. the defense using a scoring system that rewards big plays for each side. In addition to normal points for touchdowns, PATs and field goals, the offense can earn points for runs of 12 or more yards, passes of 16 yards or more and for three consecutive first downs. The defense will be awarded points for holding the offense scoreless on any possession that starts at the 35-yard line or deeper, for forcing turnovers, sacks and tackles for lost yardage as well as forcing three-and-out offensive series.
Prior to the Spring Game, members of the Rice football team will serve as clinicians for the Annual Kids Football Clinic. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the field at Rice Stadium and the clinic will take play from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15. Boys and girls who are in grades kindergarten through sixth are invited.
Following the clinic, team members will be available to sign autographs during a popsicle party.
This is the third week of spring practices at Rice. The Owls will conclude workouts next week with practices on Monday and Tuesday before scrimmaging Wednesday in Rice Stadium.