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What to expect in Saturday's spring football game

There will be much to write about on Friday, Saturday and the days following Saturday's spring football game. But the most basic precursor is the format of the game, which often varies for school to school -- and sometimes from one season to the next season.

Here are the basics of Mike London's first spring football game at Virginia:

- The team will begin by warming up with individual drills.
- They will script plays in the kicking game, because those are not often realized during an unscripted game.
- The ball will be spotted at different places on the field to work on different situations and a scrimmage would ensue, with 15 plays starting from each spot.
- The ball will also be spotted at the 12-yard line with the offense receiving four plays to score and needing to beat the clock.
- The team will be split into two teams -- the first-team offense with the second-team defense, and the first-team defense with the second-team offense.

Also, don't expect Virginia to show too much on Saturday.

"We put a lot of things in," London said. "Obviously, because it's an open forum, you don't want to show your triple reverse, your throwbacks and all the things like that. But you want to show some things we've been doing in practice that have been our staple. We'll do some things that we've been practicing. But there may be some things that we still have to put in, because this is only 15 practices as opposed to going into fall with the early camp and two-a-days and those things.

"There's still things to add. You say open the playbook, but everyone's still trying to learn the playbook. We're going to try to take some of the things we've been doing consistently and at least give them the chance to do those things we've done in practice."

By Zach Berman  |  April 8, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
 
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