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April 13, 2013

Spring game fun today

Indiana's spring workouts for conclude this afternoon at 4 p.m. with the annual Cream vs. Crimson game at Memorial Stadium. But football won't be the only thing going on at the stadium today as the Hoosier athletic department works to fill the stands and build up some excitement for the intrasquad battle.

Admission is once again free and here is the timeline of activities:

Tailgate lots open at Noon

Youth football clinic from 2-3 p.m. - on the field - kids 12 and under can meet and receive instruction from recent IU Football alumni including Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Courtney Roby, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Andrew McDonald, New York Giants offensive lineman James Brewer and former NFL wide receiver James Hardy.

Memorial Stadium tours from 2-3:30 p.m. - get a behind the scenes look inside Memorial Stadium.

Tailgate party at North Endzone from 2-3:30 p.m. - free admission and food

Hoosier Kids Zone from 2-5:30 p.m. - activities in Knot Hole Park (South Endzone).

Zipline Rides from 3-5:30 - at Knot Hole Park

Cream vs. Crimson game at 4 p.m.

Postgame autographs - both players and coaches will be made available for autographs on the field following the game.

If you're unable to make the game, you watch it streamed live on BTN2GO and the Big Ten Network will show broadcast it on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

Game details

Indiana added a new twist for this year's game as two captains for each squad drafted players on Wednesday. Quarterbacks were excluded and will play on both teams and a couple other players were sent off to a team to keep teams on equal footing, but most of the players were drafted by the captains. Also a couple players may also play for both teams where depth is an issue. The Cream captains are fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban and senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes while the Crimson leaders are fifth-year running back Stephen Houston and fifth-year senior tight end Ted Bolser.

Here are printable PDF form rosters for both teams: Cream | Crimson

Watch the captains and coach Kevin Wilson explain the draft strategies in video interviews: IUHoosiers.com

As far as the weather, it looks to be a sunny day with temperatures in the mid to high 50's: Weather Channel forecast

Decent weather is always a plus for recruiting and this will again be a day where a number of high school prospects and signees will be in attendance. Matt Weaver runs down the latest in this premium board post.

Three Hoosiers signees have already enrolled, so if you're curious about how they look today:

T.J. Simmons - LB, wears No. 2 and will play for the Cream team. 6-foot-0, 235-pounds true freshman out of Lakeland, Florida.

Steven Funderburk - LB, wears No. 27 and will suit up today for the Crimson. 6-foot-3, 231-pounder junior college transfer from Iowa Western CC. Originally from Port St. Lucia, Florida.

Jordan Heiderman - DT, wears No. 97 and will be on the Cream team. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds and also is a juco from Iowa Western CC. Original from Norfolk, Nebraska.

Despite it being an actual game, the emphasis will be on the atmosphere and making the last team workout a good one.

"At the end of the day, this is practice 15," said coach Kevin Wilson, "so nobody is really winning or losing. We're going to have fun with it. We need one more good practice to wrap up what I think has been a very positive spring."

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