College Football 2011: Illinois' Orange and Blue Spring Scrimmage Almost Here

Jonah PulsCorrespondent IApril 22, 2011

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs pursued by Brian Arnfelt #91 of the Northwestern Wilcats during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We are just one day away from the annual Orange and Blue Spring Scrimmage, hosted by your Illinois Fighting Illini.

The Illini started spring practices back on March 29, all leading up to this spring game, which typically attracts many fans and recruits.

With several injuries at the running back position, coach Ron Zook has changed the format of the scrimmage. Jason Ford will be sidelined with a knee injury, and Troy Pollard remains questionable after taking a big blow in last Saturday’s scrimmage.

Illinois would like to do a typical game where the players are divided into offense and defense and they play like normal. However, due to the injuries, Zook has gone to a situational scrimmage with a made-up scoring system.

Here is the scoring system:



First Down: One point
PAT: One point
Play Over 30 Yards: Two points
Field Goal: Three points
Touchdown: Six points


Any stop: One point
Three and Out, First Series: Two points
Fourth-Down Stop: Two points
Turnover: Three points
Turnover for Touchdown: Nine points


The scrimmage is open to the public. All Illinois fans are encouraged to come out and support your team as it starts its journey to try to make back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1992.

The scrimmage begins at 1 P.M. CST. All fans must enter the East side of Memorial Stadium.