Maryland will hold its annual spring football game on Saturday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. in College Park.
Here are three things you can expect to see.
1) Offense vs. defense
Some programs get fancy by doing a draft for teams during the spring game, but DJ Durkin said this week that it will be a traditional offense vs. defense look on Saturday.
In spring practices open to the media, the most intense sequences have been when offense goes head-to-head with the defense. Lineman Jesse Aniebonam called offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s new scheme “electrifying” so that will be on display in College Park.
“That’s where we need to be as a team right now,” Durkin said of the offense vs. defense setup. “We’ll get the most out of that and I think it’ll be a great day for people to come and watch and see both side of the ball what we’re doing.”
2) The look at quarterback
Perry Hills seems to be the best fit for Bell’s offense with his ability to both be mobile and sling the ball around the field on short and intermediate passes without turning it over. Caleb Rowe had that turnover bug last season, but appears to be the backup.
Expect those two to get the majority of the reps on Saturday as the team continues to try to give a shape to its offensive philosophy before summer camp.
Maryland’s practices this spring under Durkin have been far more energetic and intense than practices in the past. There are players getting into the game, chanting to create a stadium-like environment, and really competing.
Don’t expect anything different on Saturday.