By Stephen Tsai
Saturday's Spring Fling will feature a scrimmage-like session instead of game. (There will be a scoring format to reward the defense for stops, turnovers, and so forth.)
The format was selected after the coaches concluded there probably were not enough available players to split the roster into two teams. For instance, there were only nine healthy offensive linemen participating in Monday's spring practice. On Tuesday, Trayvon Henderson was at cornerback in 11-on-11 drills. (Actually, that was a good thing; he continues to have an impressive spring.)
The Spring Fling format will help UH in a more important way. The Rainbow Warriors essentially will have another practice.
The NCAA allows each team 15 spring practices. The Warriors, like nearly all schools, usually plan for 14 full practices and a spring game. The Warriors now can use the scrimmage to work in scenarios that they would incorporate in a usual practice. The fans get to see the Warriors in competitive situations; the coaches get to put in an another lesson plan.
This spring, the Warriors installed a new defensive scheme and expanded the offense. If they can exit without any significant injuries, this will have been a successful spring.