Every year the UC Davis football team plays an intrasquad game to conclude spring practices and give the Aggie football fans something to look forward to for the next year.
“The Spring Game is a culmination of the last 14 practices and a chance to display what they’ve been doing for the last five weeks,” said head coach Bob Biggs.
Biggs is coming into his 20th and final year as UC Davis head coach, and this will be his last spring game.
“Family and friends will be in the stands and it’s going to be a festive atmosphere,” Biggs said.
The game is going to be played at Aggie Stadium on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The team will split up and compete in a game-type situation.
“The number one offense will play with the number two defense on the gold team and the number one defense will play with the number two offense on the blue team,” Biggs said.
There will be a few changes for the Spring Game to prevent unnecessary injuries — such as fair catching all punts — and Biggs has made it clear he is not going to take any risks.
“We have a couple people banged up so we’re not going take any chances,” he said.
Even with a few precautions, the Spring Game will still be full of action.
“You’ll see a lot of big plays, a lot of touchdowns and hopefully the fans will get a good show,” said senior defensive end Bobby Erskine.
Erskine is going to be one of the players who will sit out with an injury for this game, but for others this game has some incentives attached to it. Junior quarterback Randy Wright and sophomore London Lacy have been in competition the entire spring for the starting quarterback position.
“London and I are both playing really well and we are pushing each other which is what is best for the team,” Wright said.
The Spring Game is a preview of the team that is set to redeem themselves next year after a tough 2011 season. With over 24 seniors returning, the team is ready to make a big impact in their first year in the Big Sky Conference.
“We really think we can be playoff contenders this year and possibly even win the Big Sky Conference,” Erskine said.
–– JASON MIN