USC Football News: Spring Game to Use Unorthodox Format Again

By Hank Shaw

In some quirky USC football news, Steve Sarkisian will once again use an unconventional scoring and time system during Saturday’s spring game at the Coliseum.

If you watched last year’s game, you might have been rather confused at the game ending in a weird 19-15 score. You’re not alone, as even Sark himself seemed perplexed on Tuesday when trying to explain the format to reporters.

“It’ll be kind of broken up into segments,” said Sarkisian after USC’s third to last spring practice of the year.

Why a convoluted affair of fragmented drills and not a traditional scrimmage? It comes down to numbers for the Trojans’ head coach.

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“Obviously, we’re just not exactly right where we need to be depth chart wise,” said Sarkisian. “I would play a game if I could. I would love to split up teams and play a game. Split up the staff and do all that kind of stuff. We’re just not there yet.”

The Trojans are looking to have 77 players on scholarship this year by’s count, though that includes 19 true freshmen who won’t be on campus until summer workouts.

Add in injuries and USC will have roughly 50 players able to play on Saturday, making it difficult to suit up two teams.

Sarkisian said that this year’s scoring system will allow both the offense and defense to score points.

Last year, the offense could earn three points for field goals, six for touchdowns and two for two-point conversions. Defensively, one point was earned for defensive stops, three points for turnovers on down, five for turnovers, and seven for touchdowns.

The 2015 USC spring game kicks off this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the LA Coliseum, and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.