Fans attending the Oklahoma spring game this Saturday can expect just that — a game.
Lincoln Riley and his coaching staff have set up the Sooners’ spring contest as a true game format with balanced rosters and a traditional scoring system. In a press release issued by the school, Riley said he wanted to “stoke it up” for his players.
“We get in the same mode of offense going against defense all the time, and so this will be new and exciting for our guys,” Riley said. “And we also think this will be something that our fans will really embrace. It’s going to make the game competitive, create some really cool situational football that will be really fun for the fans and good for our players. We’re trying to stoke up the whole experience and this is just a part of it.”
The roster will be split in two — Team Peterson and Team Williams — named after honorary coaches and former Sooners Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams. Perhaps most interestingly, Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall will continue their battle to be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, as they’re on separate rosters for the game.
Both will have plenty of weapons to work with. Murray is joined on Team Peterson by Marquis Brown and Trey Sermon, while Kendall and Team Williams have Rodney Anderson and CeeDee Lamb.
The Oklahoma spring game is scheduled to kick off at 1:15 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 14, at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.