CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University Fighting Tiger Football has moved its annual Maroon/White Game to Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. EDT at Citizens Bank Field and Finley Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 11, but has been changed due to a threat of severe weather.
"It's been a tremendous offseason for us coming off a challenging year. The guys responded really well, and the coaching staff has really responded and hit the recruiting trail obviously, but also getting our systems together," said CU head coach Perry Thomas. "We've been healthy, and it's given us a chance to really start to determine who those ones and twos are going to be. It's the first time since we've been here that coming out of spring we're going to have a great idea at who those guys are."
While traditionally spring games may feature a first string offense against a first string defense, the Fighting Tigers are mixing things up this spring. The spring roster was put up for draft prior to spring practice and divided into two 44-man rosters to form the Maroon and White teams.
"The key for us this spring will be how much we develop our guys in our system. We've spent this entire spring finding the top 44 guys that can play in the systems we have, with the fundamentals we use and with that great effort and passion that it takes to be champions," Thomas said.
Since Tuesday, March 12, the Fighting Tiger football players have faced off in Maroon/White challenges during practice. The winner each day received a prize that the other team did not. Some days it was a special treat such as a chicken box, pizza, ice cream or simply being able to leave as soon as practice was over while the other team conditioned.
"We tried to make it mean something to the guys, and we're going to play the spring game in those maroon and white teams," Thomas said.
The game will feature four quarters of action, designed to simulate a regular season game, with the exception of no live returns on kicking game.
"I think you'll see an offense that is pretty explosive and has the ability to run between tackles as well as outside and also can stretch the field," Thomas said. "Hopefully they won't explode much though, because of our very fast defense. This is the quickest defense we've had since we've been here. We've had some fast guys in the past, but we have guys who are very aggressive and fly to the football."
Quarterbacking the Maroon will be redshirt freshmen Taylor Davis (Beechwood HS/Hebron, Ky.) and Eli Mitchell (John Hardin HS/Elizabethtown, Ky.), while returning starter Bryan Parnes (Dodge City JC/Dania Beach, Fla.) and redshirt freshman Tajh Milliken (Central HS/Louisville, Ky.) will be under center for White.
The game may also feature key transfers such as Maroon running back Ben Axon, a Western Kentucky University transfer and former University of South Carolina signee, and Larry Walls (Dodge City JC) as a running back for White. Both have already attracted the attention of NFL scouts this spring.
For a complete look at the Maroon and White rosters, visit http://CampbellsvilleTigers.com/f/Maroon_White_2013.php.
Campbellsville is looking to put a 3-8 season in its rearview mirror when it takes the field Monday night.
"These guys understand that the program slipped a little in the fall and the players and the staff are hungry to get back and prove themselves," Thomas said. "They've worked really hard and met the challenges, now the challenge is to make sure we take care of our business academically and socially and get back here in the fall. I think if we do that, we'll have a special squad."