At today’s Indiana football practice — the first since Saturday’s public scrimmage — a few things had changed.
The team was more clearly divided into depth chart players and scout team players.
And when the second team offense jogged onto the field, true freshman Edward Wright-Baker was the guy in the orange jersey. The lefty from Jeffersonville hasn’t secured the backup spot, but it might be his to lose. Indiana coach Bill Lynch said that Wright-Baker was the clear No. 2 Monday. But the staff will continue to watch tape and could tweak the depth-chart on a practice-to-practice basis.
Lynch said the staff hasn’t decided whether it would burn Wright-Baker’s redshirt year just to use him in spot situations or during mop-up time. His theory, when it comes to playing true freshmen in general, is that it needs to be worth it to both the team and the player. That is, the player should help the team and get enough playing time to continue developing.
While most schools originally recruited Wright-Baker as an “athlete” (a synonym for non-quarterback), Lynch said Indiana always thought he would be a QB in college. He pointed out that you can never tell how a freshman will respond. Obviously Wright-Baker has done well. He seems comfortable in the offense and has the liveliest arm on the team. He throws over the middle as well as any QB on the roster but has trouble with routes requiring more touch. His escapability far exceeds that of any other snap-taker, which could lead to him seeing time should IU’s offensive line struggle due to injuries.
Wright-Baker is currently battling Adam Follett, the tall redshirt freshman from Michigan, for the No. 2 spot. Dusty Kiel, another true freshman QB, was primarily with the scout team Monday.
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