UNA enters final week of Spring Football

UNA enters final week of Spring Football

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Bobby Wallace said his University of North Alabama football squad is off to a good start in its final week of 2015 Spring drills and is ready to start gearing up for Saturday's Purple-White Game at Braly Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wallace watched the Lions practice for 90 minutes under the lights Monday and was pleased with what he saw.

"We've had 12 practices and we've been successful in identifying some players who are going to be able to help us in the fall, and we've had success watching some players improve," Wallace said, naming redshirt-freshman defensive back Jamal Jackson of Hartselle, Ala., specifically.

Wallace said Tuesday will be spent dividing up the players, coaches and staff members into teams for Saturday's game.

"We have 12 seniors who have been here four or five years each and we have divided them up with six on each team and then they will able to draft their coaches and players for Saturday," he said. "It will be a controlled draft to a degree, obviously with Jacob Tucker as quarterback on one team and Blake Hawkins on the other."

After teams are selected, Wallace said the teams will practice on their game plans on Wednesday and Friday.

Wallace said the student's attending UNA's Spring Preview Day will also be divided between the Purple and White teams, as well as university administrators. Each team will also have five honorary coaches.

"We have 10 individuals who have served as our committee to coordinate our golf tournament the last two years and have helped us raise over $30,000 to improve our meeting rooms, lockerroom and weight room and five of them will be honorary coaches on each team," Wallace said.

Saturday's Purple-White Game will consist of four 10-minute quarters with game officials.

Kickoff is set for  1 p.m. at Braly Stadium.

At halftime, the players will be presented with the team and individual awards from UNA's 2015 season

"It should be a great day," Wallace said.