FAU spring game will fea­ture a mod­i­fied scor­ing sys­tem.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - SPORTS - By Matthew DeFranks Staff writer mde­franks@sun-sen­tinel.com, Twit­ter @MDe­Franks

BOCA RA­TON— Florida At­lantic’s spring game on Sat­ur­day will in­clude a mod­i­fied scor­ing sys­tem and an of­fense vs. de­fense for­mat, coach Lane Kif­fin an­nounced Thurs­day morn­ing.

The of­fense will earn points for touch­downs (6), field goals (3), two-point con­ver­sions (2) and ex­tra points (1). The de­fense will earn points for touch­downs (6), three-and-outs (5), stops (3), fum­ble re­cov­er­ies (3) and in­ter­cep­tions (3).

Kif­fin said the for­mat was cho­sen be­cause of FAU’s de­pleted depth due to in­juries.

“It’s some­thing we’ve done be­fore, one year when our num­bers were re­ally low at USC be­cause the pro­ba­tion,” Kif­fin said.

The game starts at 4 p.m. in FAU Sta­dium, with gates open­ing at 3 p.m.

Kif­fin said the first half of Sat­ur­day’s game would be played live (tack­led to the ground), and the coach­ing staff was de­bat­ing whether the sec­ond half would be live. Quar­ter­backs will not be live, mean­ing hope­ful starters Ja­son Driskel and De’An­dre Johnson will not get hit.

FAU will play four tra­di­tional, 15-minute quar­ters with a half­time slightly shorter than a typ­i­cal game half­time.

The Owls will kick field goals, but wouldn’t do more ex­ten­sive spe­cial teams, Kif­fin said. FAU has prac­ticed spe­cial teams in four sep­a­rate groups this spring, and Kif­fin said the top two groups would have a 7-minute “com­pet­i­tive pe­riod” of spe­cial teams.

FAU will play in game uni­forms in­stead of prac­tice jer­seys on Sat­ur­day. Ac­cord­ing to a univer­sity spokesper­son, the of­fense will wear red, the de­fense will wear white and the quar­ter backs will wear blue.

Kif­fin said the play­books would be min­i­mized, al­low­ing the play­ers to play fast in both Ken­dal Briles’ of­fense and Chris Kif­fin’s de­fense. Lane Kif­fin said FAU is done in­stalling both the of­fense and de­fense, but didn’t want to throwa lot ofnewideas at his play­ers at the last minute.

In­stead, the play­ers en­ter Sat­ur­day pre­pared like they would be for a game, ac­cord­ing to Kif­fin.

“We’re not go­ing to­have a ton of things,” Kif­fin said. “That way they should be able to play re­ally fast so we can get a re­ally good eval­u­a­tion of them. … Scal­ing it down should be able to help th­ese guys re­ally have no ex­cuses to play re­ally well.”

Last sea­son, former coach Char­lie Par­tridge opted to match up the first-team against sec­ond-team. The starters won, 55-0.

Ad­mis­sion to the game is free. It will not be streamed online.

“It’ll be great for all our guys to get out there and hope­fully, we’ll have a lot of peo­ple come out,” Kif­fin said. “It’s free for a rea­son. We­want peo­ple to come out and see what we’re do­ing.”

FAU opens its sea­son Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. against Navy on ESPNU.

No sep­a­ra­tion with QBs

Af­ter 14 spring prac­tices, Kif­fin said there was no sep­a­ra­tion be­tween Driskel and Johnson in the com­pe­ti­tion to be start­ing quar­ter­back. Johnson worked with the first-team of­fense Thurs­day, and Driskel did so on Tues­day.

“Some days, you come in and one guy is bet­ter than the other guy,” Kif­fin said. “They’ve both had re­ally good springs, played re­ally well and made re­ally good de­ci­sions. It’s a very good prob­lem to have.”

Driskel started 11 games for FAU last sea­son, throw­ing for 2,415 yards, nine touch­downs and 11 in­ter­cep­tions. Johnson trans­ferred to FAU from East Mississippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege, where he threw for 2,646 yards, 26 touch­downs and six in­ter­cep­tions.

■ FAU did not prac­tice in pads Thurs­day morn­ing and wore shorts and hel­mets in­stead. It was one of its three NCAA man­dated ses­sions with­out con­tact. The Owls were also with­out pads in the first two prac­tices this spring.

MIKE STOCKER/SUN SEN­TINEL

#16 QB Ja­son Driskel takes part in the FAU spring foot­ball prac­tice, Mike Stocker, South Florida Sun-Sen­tinel

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