New Format of Spring Game: Orange vs. White

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The format of the spring game will be different this year with Miami coach Randy Shannon choosing balanced teams in an orange vs. white format as opposed to offense vs. defense.

"We're going to mix it up a bit," Shannon said of the spring game. "It's going to be an Orange vs. White scrimmage and we'll see who can respond in a scrimmage situation. It'll be more like a game."

Shannon thinks the change in format will be good for the team.

"Sometimes change is always good," Shannon said. "It will be good with the way these guys are competing in practice. If you keep going offense against defense, then sometimes you have to have something where they can say this is my team and it will get competitive that way."

Quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman are looking forward to the annual spring game to make their case to be the team's starting quarterback this season.

Wright and Freeman, UM's only two quarterbacks on scholarship, will likely be on opposite teams, which should be more enjoyable for the fans.

"(The fans) will like it because they'll be able to pick a side either orange or white, instead of defense or offense so it will be fun," Shannon said.

The spring game is on Saturday at 10 a.m. and is free admission.

SPRING GAME INJURY UPDATE: Freshman running back Graig Cooper will not play in the game due to an injured left hand he suffered in Friday's scrimmage. Wide receiver Lance Leggett (knee) and defensive tackle Joe Joseph (leg) will not participate in the game as well.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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