2013 Spring Football Game Slated for Saturday in Alex G. Spanos Stadium
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly football fans can decide for themselves who should replace Andre Broadous as starting quarterback when the four candidates showcase their skills and talent in the 2013 Spring Game on Saturday in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and admission is free.
The 2013 Spring Game, presented by The Ribline and expected to last about 90 minutes, caps 15 practices over a four-week period and will include Kids Zone and Tailgating at 11 a.m., a local Food Bank donation area and the Home Team barbecue immediately following the game at the Richard J. O'Neill Green.
The scrimmage features the offense, dressed in green, against the white-clad defense with a point system devised for the game.
On offense, one point will be awarded for a first down and two points for plays 25 yards and longer in addition to the usual scoring -- three points for a field goal, six for a touchdown and one for an extra point.
The defense can earn points for holding the offense to no points on a drive (one), for a four-and-out drive (three), a turnover (six) and for an interception return or fumble return for a touchdown (12 or 13 points, depending on the extra-point try).
About 90 players have participated in Spring Camp, including 58 returning lettermen (29 offense, 26 defense, seven specialists), 18 of them who started four or more games last fall (eight offense, 10 defense). Also among the players on the field since April 10 were 22 redshirts, 11 walk-ons and three transfers.
The top candidates vying to replace Broadous include returnees Vince Moraga and Chris Brown along with redshirt Tanner Trosin and transfer Dano Graves.
Other vital positions that have been the focus of spring drills due to graduation are middle linebacker (Kennith Jackson), cornerback (Nico Molino), slotback (Deonte Williams), center (Geoff Hyde) and offensive tackle (Karl Winkelman).
Cole Stanford, Kristaan Ivory, Rocky Meszaros and Kenny Mitchell and several redshirt freshmen are competing for the slotback positions. Williams rushed for 1,506 yards, second-best single-season total in Cal Poly football history, and 12 touchdowns last fall.
Returnees Willie Tucker, Jordan Hines and Chris Nicholls have been the primary receiving targets along with sophomore Sam Holguin and redshirt freshman Carson McMurtrey. Tucker caught a team-leading 28 passes, seven for touchdowns, last fall.
The offensive line has been missing several players due to injuries and/or offseason surgery, including tackles Giovanni Sani and Mike Freeman and guards Kyle Zottneck and Lefi Letuligasenoa. All are expected to be ready for Fall Camp in August.
Making most of the first-team blocks in practice this spring have been left tackle Stephen Sippel and right tackle Weston Walker, both sophomores; juniors Connor Odisio and Sam Kenney along with freshmen Matt Fisher at the guard positions and Billy Shipman at center.
The defense features all four returning starters on the line -- ends Jake Irwin and Andrew Alcaraz and tackles Chris Lawrence and Sullivan Grosz -- along with linebackers Nick Dzubnar, Johnny Millard and Cameron Ontko. Dzubnar is moving from Sam to Mike to replace Jackson, Millard transfers from Will to Sam and Ontko takes over at Will.
Safeties Alex Hubbard and Jordan Williams return along with left cornerback Vante Smith-Johnson, but right cornerback, where Molino was last year, is a hotly contested battle between Karlton Dennis, Chris Fletcher and Fernando Cabico, all sophomores.
Cal Poly is coming off a 9-3 campaign, a share of the Big Sky title in Cal Poly's first year in the conference and a second-round berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs under head coach Tim Walsh, entering his fifth season.
Call (805) 441-5157 for more information on the Kids Zone and Tailgating. For the postgame barbecue, current 2012-13 Home Team members will receive two free tickets. Cost for others is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For information on the Home Team, call Athletic Advancement at (805) 756-0277 or visit www.gopoly.com (click here). Information and registration for the postgame barbecue dinner can be found by clicking here.