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Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell is the hometown kid no one has a bad word about. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Bill Lynch made this public during his press conference on Friday, but here is the official IU release about quarterback Ben Chappell and linebacker Tyler Replogle being named team captains.
CHAPPELL AND REPLOGLE ELECTED SEASON CAPTAINS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch announced fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell and senior linebacker Tyler Replogle were elected season captains. Chappell served as a team captain in 2009 and Replogle was voted a game captain twice a season ago.
Chappell is on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List and is a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He sits in the top 20 among returning players nationally (2009 stats) in completions per game (22.33; 6th), passing yards (2,941; 12th), passing yards per game (245.08; 13th) and total offense (2,932; 20th). Those totals all rank first among Big Ten returners.
There’s a chance Indiana could go into its season opener without its preseason All-Big Ten wide receiver.
Tandon Doss pulled a stomach muscle in practice last week and has sat out of most of practice ever since. Bill Lynch said Sunday that he is concerned that Doss could be out for Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Towson.
Safety Chris Adkins is obviously out with his ankle injury, and Lynch said there are also concerns that junior wide receiver Dre Muhammad (ankle) and running back Zach Davis-Walker (groin) could miss the game.
There are several other players who were held out of practice Sunday, though Lynch said most of those were for precautionary reasons. They include left tackle Andrew McDonald (knee), defensive end Fred Jones, wide receiver Logan Young, tight end Leneil Himes and wide receiver Tim O’Conner. Tight end Paul Phillips, who recently returned to the team after his father’s funeral, appeared to have injured his shoulder during practice Sunday. His status is unknown. (more…)
Workers were taking pick-axes to the Assembly Hall floor on Friday, tearing up a court that was damaged by condensation from the recent high humidity. An IU spokesman said the damaged parts of the court are being removed and replaced, and that the court should be refinished by the beginning of basketball practice on Oct. 15. There was no word yet Friday on the cost of the repairs.
The Indiana coaching staff mostly recruits as a team. Tom Crean and each of his assistants get involved with every player through phone calls, and when more than one of them have the opportunity to watch the same player at the same time, they take it.
That means they all know the players in the state of Indiana fairly well, but the others will admit that none of them know it like Tim Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State for six years and an assistant there for five more in addition to several other midwest jobs.
“If you walked in today and said, ‘Hey, could you get me a number on this kid in Indiana?” new assistant Steve McClain said. “I’d go to Tim Buckley. There’s no question about that.” (more…)
It was a sold-out flight, but it seemed fitting that the seat to my right was empty.
I was on my way back from helping my friend and co-worker Chris Korman drive his entire life back to Reading, Pa.
As most of you already know, Korman was the Indiana University sports beat writer for three years and sports editor for the past year for the Herald-Times. He was going to his new job as assistant sports editor at the Baltimore Sun.
I worked very closely with Korman covering what so many of you love so much. The Hoosiers. Our friendship developed on the road.
On our three-hour drive to cover Eric Gordon play the Illini in Champaign, or our five-hour drive to cover the first time Tom Crean coached the Hoosiers against his former boss, Tom Izzo, at Michigan State and on our cross-country trip to cover the Insight Bowl in Arizona.
Long drives and long flights are part of the job.
The seats in the Herald-Times passenger van don’t have name tags on them, but if they did the driver’s seat would be tagged for me, the passenger seat for IU beat writer Dustin Dopirak, and the bench seat for Korman. He sought out that spot so he could prop his feet up and pull his laptop out and start working.
Korman would always joke and say, “I was the best driver he had ever driven with,” but I believe I won that job mostly because no one else wanted to do it.
This time was different. This time I was following behind Korman in a moving truck. Bouncing along I-70 and wishing the truck could go faster than 75. But still, it gave me time to reflect on Korman’s and my tenure together. It’s funny, being the older and (supposedly) wiser co-worker, I don’t really know what he might have learned from me, but I do know what I learned from him.
I learned to try new things again. After working in one place for a while it is easy to fall into a rut. A rut of status quo.
Korman challenged me last year to get out of that rut by working on a video documentary on an area high school basketball team. When he first approached me with the idea, I thought he was crazy. I’m a photographer not a video guy. But as we met and discussed the possibilities I embraced the project and gave it my best shot. I never would have done that if he hadn’t pushed the envelope and said “Why not try something new?”
In Reading we were greeted by Korman’s friends and mother, Mickey Korman, who couldn’t wait to welcome her boy back home. She was so excited that she even ran toward me and hugged me to thank me for helping him drive home. There was time for a little visiting, but all to quickly it was time to go our separate ways.
Just as the trip out was different, the trip home was too. No debating what song to play or what place to eat, and no stories of what the next work week might have in store for us.
This time, I sat on the plane looking through pictures with an empty chair next to me (which for a big guy like me wasn’t so bad).
It’s corny, and it’s been said before, but Korman will be missed. His cheerful demeanor, his aggressive and professional work ethic and his kind-heartedness will leave a hole in the newsroom.
After living in this college town for more than 12 years, it would seem by now that I have grown used to friends and co-workers moving on. But, in fact, it gets harder the older I get. Each time they leave they take a little piece of me with them.
I know that Korman will continue to work hard and push his friends and co-workers to do their best while in Baltimore, but this season’s trips to cover the Hoosiers will be quite different without him.
Bill Lynch heads into the week of his first game with several starting spots still undecided.
But the Indiana coach said he isn’t especially concerned.
“There’s somethings I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about,” Lynch said at his press conference Friday. “That’s not who’s the starter at any of those positions. That doesn’t bother me. I’ve coached in situations where you wake up in the middle of the night wondering who your quarterback is. That’s sometimes an unsettling feeling.”
At the two guard positions, he’s still considering senior Cody Faulkner, junior Justin Pagan, sophomore Marc Damisch and redshirt freshman Aaron Price, a South graduate. At cornerback, seniors Adrian Burks and Richard Council and juniors Andre Kates and Matt Ernest are all still in a battle. Lynch is still deciding on a kicker between sophomore Nick Freeland and redshirt freshman Mitch Ewald. The middle (Leon Beckum vs. Jeff Thomas) and weakside linebacker (Chad Sherer and Damon Sims) positions are still undetermined, as is the backup quarterback position where redshirt freshmen Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker are still battling.
Lynch said he doesn’t think he needs to establish starters by Thursday, however, because he could just as easily rotate players at each of those positions.
“I’m not really concerned about having a starter,” he said. “I want to know who’s capable of playing at this level. Then, I think playing guys can help keep guys fresh and hopefully develop depth that can not only help us early in the year but also pay off in October or November.”
The only position battle in the bunch that Lynch said needs to be decided at some point is the place kicking job.
“If we were going to start right now, Freeland would certainly be the kickoff guy,” Lynch said. “He’s done that. He’s a really good kickoff guy. The extra point and field goal is where they’re really competing at that spot. I’ve seen Freeland do it. I guess that’s the other thing, Mitch hasn’t done it, but I certainly have confidence in him.”
Another thing he may or may not have to decide by Thursday is which true freshmen will have a chance to play. Lynch initially indicated that just two freshmen, wide receiver Kofi Hughes and linebacker Chase Hoobler, would “practice up,” once the games begin, which means they would be a part of either the first or second team but not the scout team. On Friday, Lynch added running backs Antonio Banks and Matt Perez to the list of possibilities, though he stressed that they would likely play only in the case of injuries. He also indicated that Hoobler may go back to scout team simply because of the depth at linebacker.
Hughes, though, has a real chance to play. The former Cathedral quarterback has had a very strong preseason despite the fact that he’s played the last few weeks with a cast over his right hand protecting a broken thumb.
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