The Eastern Kentucky University football team wraps up its 2013 spring practice season on Saturday with the annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Roy Kidd Stadium. Admission to the game, which is set to begin at 4 p.m., is free for all fans.
The game will be played and scored as a typical college football game with the Colonels split evenly in half. The only changes involve special teams where punts will be downed at the result of the punt and all drives following kick-offs will start at the 30-yard line regardless of the result of those plays.
Rising junior Jared McClain will be the featured quarterback for the Maroon squad. McClain saw action in all 11 games last year with starts against Kansas State, Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville State. His most productive game as a sophomore came on Nov. 3 at Southeast Missouri when he completed 8-of-11 passes for 138 yards. McClain also scored two rushing touchdowns in the 31-7 win against the Redhawks.
Joining McClain on the Maroon team are senior defensive lineman Shawn Shupperd and junior defensive back Brandon Stanley. Both of those players were All-OVC honorees in 2012. Shupperd led the Colonels in quarterback hurries (16) while Stanley posted a team-high 81 tackles from the safety position.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Romano heads up the White team at quarterback. Romano, hailing from Bedford, Texas, did not play in 2012, but was a Rivals.com two-star recruit out of L.D. Bell High School.
A pair of up-and-coming running backs will share the backfield with Romano – redshirt freshmen J.J. Jude and Thomas Owens. Also lining up with the White squad will be senior linebacker Ichiro Vance, a two-time All-OVC selection.