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Virginia’s annual spring game held Saturday

- - Friday, April 13, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia's annual spring football game will kick off Saturday afternoon, though that's probably not an accurate term.

The game will be an abbreviated one, including the removal of kickoffs from the game.

That decision, as well as others, were made by U.Va. coach Mike London to manage a thin roster at key positions. He said he only has 10 offensive linemen and four cornerbacks to use between the two teams.

Admission to the game is free. A brief practice session will take place at 1:45 p.m., with the scrimmage beginning at 2. Four 8-minute quarters will be played, followed by the announcement of team captains and an on-field autograph session.

The Cavaliers expect to be finished by 3:30 p.m.

Also splitting time will be quarterback David Watford, who will serve as the backup for both the Blue and Orange teams. The Orange team, which will be the offensive starters and defensive backups, will be led by quarterback Michael Rocco. Now as a junior, London said Rocco is getting more assertive in the offense.

"He's picked up the role of being more accountable, and calling people out when he needs to," the coach said.

Early enrollee Greyson Lambert will serve as quarterback for the Blue team, which features offensive backups and defensive starters.

Kickers Drew Jarrett and Ian Frye will work for both teams, as will punter Alec Vozenilek (St. Christopher's).

London will use the occasion to promote the team's annual bone marrow registry drive, which will take place Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Amphitheater on campus.

This is the program's third year at Virginia, and each of the first two produced a match for a bone marrow donation.

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