A couple bits of news from today’s Indiana football practice:
1. Bill Lynch said he’s looking at the start of the Big Ten season as the deadline for making decisions about redshirting players. With receivers Demarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss already playing as true freshmen, others who appear to have a chance to play – depending on injuries – are offensive linemen Will Matte and Justin Pagan, and running back Darius Willis, Lynch said. The Hoosier coach said he didn’t expect any true freshmen to play on defense.
Lynch said that if IU’s veteran running backs are playing well, then it probably doesn’t make sense to use Willis this season.
“What you don’t want to do with a guy like that is play him just a little bit,” Lynch said.
2. Injury updates – Andrew Means, Ray Fisher, Mike Stark and Pete Saxon didn’t practice Tuesday because of what are considered fairly minor injuries. Linebacker Matt Mayberry was sidelined during practice, but stayed on the sideline watching practice with ice on his left ankle, which seemed to be an indication that the injury didn’t appear to be serious. Rodger Saffold practiced Tuesday, but is expected to skip Wednesday’s practice. Lynch said Saffold is practicing every other day because of a back injury he’s had for a while.
BITS AND PIECES: During this bye week, Indiana is working on its own team, as well as starting to prepare for Ball State, Lynch said. The Hoosier coach also said that in watching game film of last week, one thing that stood out to him was the solid play of some of the younger Hoosiers, including Ben Chappell and backup linemen Dennis Zeigler, James Brewer, Milt Owens and Andrew McDonald.