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College football: UMD spring game is Friday

Minnesota Duluth's 45th annual Maroon-White Spring Game is 6 p.m. Friday at Malosky Stadium.

The game is the culmination of 15 practices over four weeks and will run as a regulation contest, with exceptions such as shorter quarters and the ball being placed at the 25-yard line following kickoffs. All turnovers will be blown dead.

While standout quarterback John Larson won't play as he comes off injury, the game will provide an excellent opportunity to check out his backups as freshman Keagan Calchera will suit up for the White squad and sophomore Garrett Olson for the Maroon. Some players will see action for both squads because of a lack of depth.

A theme of this year's game will again be helping those in need. Parking and admission to the game is free, but those attending are asked to bring a food or clothing item to be donated to Champ's Cupboard, with collection bins placed outside the main entrance area.

In addition, Famous Dave's will provide concessions and UMD will host a free youth football clinic for children grades 3-8 before the game, with check in at 4 p.m. All participants must register at football.umdbulldogsportcamps.com.

About 70 players took part in spring practice for UMD, the 11-time defending NSIC North Division champions. The Bulldogs are welcoming back 50 lettermen from a team that went 11-1 and made its ninth NCAA Division II playoff appearance since 2008.

UMD returns six starters on offense and seven on defense and features new coordinators in Chase Vogler (offense) and Trey Dill (defense).

UMD opens the season Sept. 5 against Minot State at Malosky Stadium.