Notre Dame's Blue-Gold Game, the scrimmage that caps spring practice at 2 p.m. Saturday, will have a few extra features for TV viewers.
With the game being televised by Versus this year, fans who don't want to brave what could be a rainy day in South Bend will get some behind-the-scenes action in the second half.
"In the second half, I'll be mic'd. It should be interesting on Versus," coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday "If you've got TiVo, you might want to TiVo it.
"We will have the quarterbacks on a headset. They will talk a little bit. We will make it an interesting game."
Kelly said the first half will be played like a regular game, with a running clock in the second half.
The teams will be divided to make the Blue and Gold teams as balanced as possible, but there will be no splitting up the offensive lines.
"The offensive line will wear green jerseys," Kelly said. "They will be one unit. They will rotate. That same unit will be one unit the whole time. Then blue, gold -- that split is to try to balance the teams the best we can."
There will be some absences from Saturday's scrimmage. Linebacker Manti Te'o (knee), left guard Chris Watt (ankle) and receiver Daniel Smith (hamstring) will not play in the game, Kelly said. The Irish were already without linebacker Anthony McDonald (partially torn pectoral muscle) and running back Cameron Roberson (torn lateral collateral ligament and partially torn anterior cruciate ligament).
Te'o was active during Wednesday's practice, but the team is still being cautious with last year's leading tackler as he recovers from having his knee scoped.
"He got mad today," Kelly said of Te'o. "We were going live, and I pulled him out. He goes, 'Coach, you got to go no-tackle so I can be in there.' He's ready to play."
Notre Dame will not show much of the running game during the Blue-Gold Game.
Cierre Wood, who ran for 603 yards and three touchdowns, and Jonas Gray, who has been hampered by a calf injury, will be used in a limited capacity. Wood and Gray are Notre Dame's only scholarship running backs this spring after Roberson was lost to a knee injury.
"I will be smart with them," Kelly said. "Cierre Wood is not going to get a lot of carries. I have a good feeling of what he can do. Jonas is not gong to get a lot. A lot of young guys, and the quarterbacks are going to run a lot. You will see the quarterbacks as probably the biggest end of the running game."
Although the quarterbacks will be more involved in the running game, Kelly said there were not be a definitive starter after the scrimmage.
Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson have been competing for the job this spring, and the scrimmage will be more to see where Hendrix, who will be a sophomore next season, and Golson, who enrolled early to participate in the spring practices, are in the offense.
"The spring game is going to be fun for me, because Dayne and Tommy won't get a lot of work. This is going to be Golson vs. Hendrix, really," Kelly said.
"They are going to do everything. They are going to be live. They will run the ball. They are going to throw the ball. We will get a really good feel for both of those guys. We know they other two guys can win football games, Crist and Rees."