KSU’s Black and Gold game on Saturday

A few thousand people are expected to attend Kennesaw State’s spring football game, dubbed the inaugural Black and Gold game, on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

The conclusion of the team’s inaugural spring session will start at 1 p.m.

The coaches split up the teams Thursday afternoon. Coach Brian Bohannon will oversee the scrimmage, with Grant Chesnut calling the offensive plays and Brian Newberry calling the defensive plays for both teams.

Bohannon said the goal, simply, is for everyone to enjoy themselves in the 15th practice.

“I want to see our guys go compete, have some fun, fly around, enjoy the atmosphere,” Bohannon said. “They are so young and trying to figure out what they are supposed to do that they lose the fun of the game.”

The first half will be a traditional football game, with the first-string offense taking on the first-string defense, and the second-string offense facing the second-string defense. The coaches will then decide the format of the second half.

There will also be a game within the game, featuring the offenses trying to accumulate points against the defenses in a pre-determined format. Within the scoring, the offense can earn five points for a touchdown. The defense can earn five points for a turnover. There are other points for various accomplishments.

The winner gets to choose the color of the practice jerseys for the fall.

Bohannon cautions that people won’t see a finished product on the field Saturday, but the team is improving. The roster features more than 60 redshirt freshmen who have never played a college football game and haven’t played in a high school game in 1 1/2 years.

“This picture won’t look right for a while,” Bohannon said.

The first 3,500 people into the stadium will receive a bobblehead doll of Scrappy the Owl, the university’s mascot. There will also be an “Owl Walk,” in which fans can line up as the players walk into the stadium, beginning at 10:45 a.m.