A blueprint for the Blue-White Game

There are many questions about how Kentucky’s team will look on Saturday for the first spring game under Stoops, but the new head coach did offer a schematic this week for how the scrimmage itself will look.

There will be an actual competitive game format, with a true Blue team playing a true White team. There are some drawbacks to doing that, though, the coach said.

“What you worry about is the (lack of) depth and being a little bit sloppy,” he said. “You know, you want to put on a good performance. You want to look good for our fans and all of the excitement out there. So you want to make sure you go out there and execute.”

Is there any chance the coaches will give away their quarterback pecking order with who starts on Saturday?

Nope.

“We figured everybody would put some attention on who starts with the first group and all that,” Stoops said. “We’re probably going to flip a coin, probably right in front of them.”

It’s likely that Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow all will see time with the first and second teams.

One part of the game that will not get much special attention for the spring game is special teams. It’s likely there will be one or two kick returns and some punting, but no returns.

“There’s no point getting anybody hurt going live on the special teams,” Stoops said. “So it will be toned down.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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