Florida Gators announce Orange & Blue Debut spring game set for April 11

By Adam Silverstein
January 27, 2015

Updated March 19 at 12:30 p.m.

The Florida Gators announced on Tuesday that the program’s spring football game, the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut, will emanate from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, April 11 starting at 12:30 p.m.

It will be the second-straight year that Florida will hold its spring game on the second Saturday in April after generally holding it on the first Saturday in previous years.

The spring game has taken strange twists in recent offseasons. In 2013, due to a roster ravaged by injuries and the Gators only having six healthy offensive lineman, Florida basically ran a glorified practice.

Last season, despite holding a strange “selection show” for marketing purposes, Florida ran first-team offense against first-team defense (and so on). Therefore, instead of there being two teams going against each other – one wearing orange, the other blue – both defenses wore orange and both offenses wore blue.

Of course, the 2014 game also ended in a 23-23 tie.

The Gators said Tuesday that they will have additional details to announce about the 2015 spring game in the future. The 2014 spring game did not air live on television and was only available live online for $3.99.

Update: ESPN currently lists the Florida spring game as being available live online via SEC Network+ on April 11 at 12:30 p.m. It is still unknown whether it will be shown live on television.

3 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Hopefully we will have a return to normalcy and more of a traditional format for this year’s Spring game, although I would imagine that a shortage of offensive linemen might still be an issue.

  2. Joe Swatzell says:

    I don’t give a crap WHAT format they use, as long as it gives the athletes a chance to show their abilities, and the staff correctly evaluates the talent.
    I believe talent evaluation has been the biggest shortcoming in recent seasons, and I hope Florida can get the right players on the field for this next season.
    The “spring game” has been turned in to a PR event, and in reality the game does not matter. It is more important to use the day as a tool to get right by September 5th, and improve every day after that.
    I don’t care if it “fun to watch” or not.

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