With the IU football team starting its organized summer workouts this week, I’ve talked to several of the Hoosiers about their off-season plans and thoughts. Here are some notes on what they had to say:
Greg Brown is almost completely recovered from a shoulder injury that restricted the use of his left arm throughout last season. Brown injured the shoulder (torn labrum) when he fell on his shoulder during a pass rushing drill.
He played with the injury throughout the season, limiting his effectiveness, and increasing his motivation to prepare for his senior year next season.
“I really could use only one arm,” he said. “It really frustrated me. I had high expectations. If you ask me, I had a pretty bad season. That is going to change.
Brown is confident that with the development of Greg Middleton and Jammie Kirlew at end, IU will have its best defensive line of his IU career next season.
“Every day, every thing I do now counts,” Brown said. “The No. 1 goal for me is to stay healthy. It’s going to be a lot of emotion for me in my senior year. Things didn’t go well for me last year. I’ve got one more shot.”
Running back Bryan Payton is working this summer and next academic year as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Payton would like to work in magazine journalism after graduation. He has written six stories for the IDS this summer, including his most recent one on mixed martial arts. Â
Payton, of course, is also working out with his teammates while he’s in Bloomington this summer.
“I can’t wait for training camp and the seaosn to get here because I know everybody is going to be ready to go,” he said.
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