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Spring Game Saturday: Tidbits from around the FBS

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

James Franklin pressed the flesh with Nittany Lion fans Saturday. (USATSI)
James Franklin pressed the flesh with Nittany Lion fans Saturday. (USATSI)

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Spring games maybe aren't quite what they used to be. (Just ask Texas A&M.) But they're still the most football-like substance available to college football fans between January and August, and so they deserve our attention.

And as detailed in our Watch List preview, Saturday offered the widest range of high-profile spring games of any day this, uh, spring. Here's some of the choice tidbits from around the country:

Purdue: Apparently it's not easy to grow grass on football fields in Indiana during the spring. Notre Dame announced during their game Saturday that it would replace its field with artificial turf for the 2014 season, and here's how the real stuff looked in West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' spring game:

In a word: yeesh.

Tennessee: You may remember this family of Vol fans from the 2013 spring game. It appears that this time around, they've brought Mom along for the ride:

You are winning everything, Stubblefield family, and anyone who says otherwise is jealous and tired of their unexciting lives.

Kansas : Let's just check in on the Jayhawks with the Kansas City Star ...

Oh. (At least the starters did rally for the "victory.")

Florida State: The Seminoles designed the spring game as the program's updated logo's grand debut, and here it is at midfield (via USATSI):

SEC East: From the "the more things change" files, here's the Macon Telegraph's Seth Emerson on the run-up to Georgia's Red-and-Black Game:

And here's the Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu describing the Florida offense's debut drive under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper:

The good news is that things improved dramatically from there for both the Dawgs and Gators. In Gainesville, Jeff Driskel led a series of touchdown drives with former five-star running back Kelvin Taylor looking particularly shifty, and in Athens the Dawgs have watched Todd Gurley dominate on the way to giving his Red team a 17-7 halftime lead ... and more importantly, the Dawgs haven't suffered any major injuries.

In fact, by game's end, Will Muschamp said he was "extremely pleased" with his offense's performance, even if Driskel cooled off in the second half. Maybe the more things change, some of them actually do?

South Carolina : No, you're not going to find that name or her number on the roster:

In an encore of last year's Jadeveon Clowney touchdown, this year it was Gamecock women's basketball coach Dawn Staley coming off the "bench" to catch a surprise TD.

Louisville: The Cardinals played their game Friday night rather than Saturday, but it's worth noting that the hire of Bobby Petrino -- here's a shocker for you -- may have done quarterback Will Gardner some good. Teddy Bridgewater's heir apparent hit 32 of 37 for 542 yards. And while all the usual "just a spring game" caveats apply, 32-of-37 for 542 yards is a quality showing against air.

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