April 18, 2012

Blue-White Spring Game Set For Saturday, April 21

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler will wrap up four weeks of spring football drills with the annual Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 21.  The concluding event for the spring season, the game will kickoff at 10 a.m., at the Butler Bowl.

The spring game will match Butler’s offensive unit against the Bulldogs’ defensive crew under a special modified scoring system.  Offensive touchdowns, extra-points and two-point conversions will remain normal.  Field goals of 1-10 yards will count for one point, 11-20 yards two points and 21+ yards three points.  All field goals with less than two minutes remaining in a half count three points.

In addition, the offense scores points for first downs (1), pass plays of 25-plus yards (2), runs of 15-plus yards (2) and fourth-down conversions (2).

The defensive squad receives points for a takeaway (3), defensive takeaway and touchdown (9), blocked/missed PAT (1), failed offensive two-point conversion (1), defensive two-point conversion (2), three-and-out (3), defensive stop-no TD or made FG on a drive (1), quarterback sack (2), tackle-for-loss (2) and fourth down stop (2).

The game will be played in 15 minute quarters with a running clock.

Butler head coach Jeff Voris has 31 letterwinners, including nine starters, on hand from last year’s 5-6 squad.  Included among the returnees are All-Pioneer Football League performers Jordan Ridley (LB), Trae Heeter (RB), Matt Jenson (TE), Matt Storey (OL), Jay Howard (OL) and Sean Grady (DB).  Ridley led the PFL in tackles for a second consecutive year last season, while Heeter was Butler’s leading rusher.  Grady tied for the team lead in pass interceptions (3), while Jenson finished fourth on the squad in touchdown catches (4).  Storey and Howard were starters in all 11 games last fall.