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49ers football kicks off first public scrimmage

Charlotte's football team goes on public display for the first time Saturday at 12:30 pm when the 49ers hold a practice and scrimmage at their new football stadium.

If you're a fan going, here are a few things to look for:

-- Coach Brad Lambert says he will limit the scrimmage – which should begin around 1 pm after 30 minutes of drills – to 70 plays. With only two running backs on the roster – freshmen Alan Barnwell and Donjore Gainey – Lambert doesn't want them to get overused.

-- The 49ers' three quarterbacks – Matt Johnson, Karsten Miller and Lee McNeil – will operate a spread offense that will try and stretch the defense all over the field.

-- Watch the action in the trenches, especially between the first units. Offensively, that's tackles Jamar Covington and Daniel Book, center Thomas LaBianca and guards Mason Sledge and Daniel Blitch. They'll go against a defensive line that includes nose guards Larry Ogunjobi and Duke Mosby and end Brandon Banks.

-- Incidentally, the game will be officiated by a Conference USA crew. Coincidence?

-- Lambert said his team is excited about playing in front of a crowd, even if it is just a scrimmage. “I just hope some people show up,” he said.

-- Admission is free, but there will be no concessions or restrooms available. The football scrimmage will be preceded by the Fall Stroll for Epilepsy fundraiser on the track at Transamerica Field, which begins at 11 am

Soccer, women's basketball, volleyball too

-- The 49ers men's soccer team (12-2-3, 6-1-1) can clinch a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship with a victory against George Washington (5-12, 2-6) at 5 pm at Transamerica Field in their regular-season finale. The 11 th -ranked 49ers are tied with Virginia Commonwealth for first place in the league; the Rams play Richmond on Saturday at 7:30 pm

If the 49ers and VCU tie for first place, the Rams would receive the top seed in next week's conference tournament at Transamerica Field by virtue of their 4-1 victory against Charlotte in October. The 49ers will play a quarterfinal game next Thursday at 8 pm

-- Charlotte's women's basketball team plays a preseason exhibition at 7 pm in Halton Arena against Johnson C. Smith. The 49ers, who return all five starters from last season's WNIT team, open the regular season Nov. 10 at home against NC Central. The Golden Bulls have a new coach in Steve Joyner Jr.

-- The 49ers' wrap up their home volleyball season with matches Friday against Dayton at 7 pm and Sunday against Xavier at 1.

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