IOWA CITY – For the first time in several years, the last of Iowa’s 15 spring football practices will look more like a game and less like a practice.
Iowa announced Wednesday that Saturday’s 2 p.m. public practice at Kinnick Stadium will include a controlled scrimmage with four 15-minute quarters.
“It will be good to get out in front of a crowd and compete in a situation like that," receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t get excited about something like that."
An untimed controlled scrimmage has concluded Iowa’s public workout in recent seasons, but with an open quarterback race among several positions being contested this spring, Hawkeyes coaches wanted a more competitive situation.
Each of the quarters will be timed, but there will be no kick or punt returns, and points will be awarded to the offense and defense based on performance.
The offense will be awarded points for touchdowns (6), field goals (3), extra points (1), rushing plays of more than 12 yards (1), passing plays of more than 16 yards (1) and for collecting three consecutive first downs (1).
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The defense will be awarded points for touchdowns (7), a sudden change in the red zone (4), turnovers (3), sacks (2), PAT blocks (1) and 3-and-outs (1).
“It’s a pretty good way to have an offense play and have a defense play and give everybody a chance to get some points," offensive coordinator Greg Davis said.
There is no admission charge for the game, although fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the ANF Food Bank Drive. Seating will be limited to the west and south grandstands, with admission through Gates A and G beginning at 1 p.m. No autograph session will follow the workout.