NORMAL - Trying to cut a smooth passage from a promising preseason to a successful regular season, the Illinois State football team will hold a Red-White scrimmage today at 7 p.m. at Hancock Stadium.
The event is part of the school's Passages program to welcome incoming freshmen and is open to the public. There is no admission charge.
"This one might be a little more significant than those in the past," said Johnson, who is still trying to sort out his offensive line ahead of the Sept. 2 season opener at Kansas State. "The first 30 minutes we'll line up and play football and hopefully entertain our students and fans."
After an intermission, the Redbirds will work in several down and distance situations with a full officiating crew on hand.
"We'll hit a couple special teams, we'll have an abbreviated goal-line session, we'll create some third-down situations and we'll do some more two-minute (offense)," Johnson said. "I want to see us be sound and assignment correct on both sides of the ball and play good solid football."
The Redbirds continue to experiment with several combinations on the offensive line.
"We're still a long way from being solidified on the offensive line, but I'm seeing improvement," said Johnson. "We aren't anywhere near where we're used to being on the offensive line."
Kansas State tickets
Tickets for ISU's 6 p.m. season opener against Kansas State at Manhattan, Kan., are available at the Redbird Arena Ticket Office.
Tickets $35 apiece and are located in Section 20 and 21 at Snyder Family Stadium. There are approximately 175 tickets remaining. To order tickets, call the ticket office at 438-8000.
Women's football clinic
Johnson and WJBC radio personality Jayme Monacelli will host a ladies only football clinic at the Kaufman Football Building on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The "Tacklin' Football II" clinic is free and open to any female interested in learning more about the game of football. However, because of space limitations, there will only be an enrollment of 125, so register with the football office by calling 438-8671 to reserve a spot.
"This is a nice outreach program we have with the ladies in the community who would like to know a little more about football," Johnson said. "It's a fun, education program so that they can enjoy the game more with their husbands or friends, or they might watch their children play. It's a fun event."