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Willis, Doss return to field

Indiana’s practice was closed except for the last 10 minutes on Thursday, but that was enough time to tell that a few key Hoosiers were back on the field.

Sophomore tailback Darius Willis has been out for much of the preseason with a hamstring injury, but he was back in pads and scrimmaging. Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss, who has been limited by a minor groin injury, was also back in action.

Freshman tailback Antonio Banks (hamstring) is still out though, as is wide receiver Tim O’Conner, who suffered a shoulder injury earlier this week.


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Indiana coach Todd Yeagley talks with freshman Harrison Petts about positioning during a drill Wednesday morning. Jeremy Price | Herald-Times

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The first chat of the post-Korman era

So I guess I’m doing these chats by myself for a while. Or at least that’s what the unnecessarily large house-ad in Wednesday’s H-T (which nobody told me about until it ran and in which I’m dressed like, well, like its 95 out and I’m at football practice and wearing a tie is suicide) suggests. I think I’ll be recruiting Hugh for this pretty soon, and by that I mean next week.

Anyway, I’ll be here. We’ll see if we can still make this work without our departed friend (tear).


Adetona leaves program, and other notes from the media two-a-day

Wow. Long day.

Wednesday was the Indiana football program’s second annual media two-a-day. Members of the media on the Indiana beat get the unique opportunity to experience what life is like inside the football program during two-a-days, which includes the chance to sit in on position and staff meetings, which are obviously otherwise off limits.

It also means we get there early and stay late. With the exception of about 30 minutes, I was at Memorial Stadium from 6:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, which of course is a standard day for the players and coaches during this period. Really makes you wonder how they do it.

Anyway, a few bits of news and notes I can share. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Adetona has left the football program to pursue other opportunities, according to an IU athletic department spokesman. Adetona appeared in just two games last season, but appeared to be in the mix for some playing time after the spring. On the post-spring depth chart, he was listed as one of the three backup wide receivers. However, Adetona appeared to fall behind redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson, junior Dre Muhammad and redshirt freshman Jamonne Chester. (more…)


Indiana at Purdue a Super Tuesday game

Indiana will travel to Purdue for its only ESPN Super Tuesday appearance of the season.

Inside the Hall uncovered the schedule-related nugget today.

The full IU schedule has not yet been released. Typically it has been this week.


Bears waive Mayberry and Doss on Hornung Award list

Matt Mayberry has been waived by the Chicago Bears.

The linebacker injured his ankle against San Diego, the Chicago Tribune reported, and will be put on the Bears’ injured reserve after he clears waivers. It sounds like he’ll get an injury settlement out of it, at least.

Also, Tandon Doss is on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, a new trophy given to the nation’s most versatile athlete. Here is the press release from IU’s Jeff Keag.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior wide receiver Tandon Doss has been named to the 2010 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville Sports Commission announced. The award, which is in its first year of existence, is presented to the most versatile player in college football.

The Watch List, comprised of 48 players, was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2009 statistics and expectations heading into the 2010 season. The list will be updated during the course of the season based on players’ performances.

Players from all FBS teams are eligible. Appearing on the Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the Award. The Selection Committee will narrow the field to approximately 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season in early December then will select the winner at or near the end of the bowl season in early January.

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The Second Yeagley Era Begins

At 9 o’clock this morning, Todd Yeagley officially began his first season as the Indiana soccer coach. Of course, Yeagley’s been at IU since being hired in December, but there’s still nothing like the first day of practice with the first exhibition game just four days away and the season opener just over two weeks out.

He has plenty of experienced pieces returning in guys like Will Bruin, Andy Adlard, Daniel Kelly and Rich Balchan to name but a few, and Yeagley plans to lean on them to be sure.

“Culture-wise and expectations in training, the returning players understand what we’re looking for, and they need to lead by example,” he said. “We’ve asked them to, and I see many of them doing that. The new players are looking for guidance from players, staff, so there’s a learning curve.”

There’s also plenty of organization. Yeagley and his staff already have a schedule printed out for the month of practices, workouts, film sessions, etc. And that theme extends to the field, where the smallest bit of disorganization was frowned upon Wednesday with coaching comments such as, “Split-second indecision is what we’ve got to eliminate.”

There are 12 of those new names on the IU roster in 2010 — 10 freshmen and two transfers — a situation Yeagley describes as “fun.” But the success of integrating the new and the old will be what determines how much fun the Hoosiers actually have this year.

Much of the opening practice was centered on 1-v-1 or 2-v-2 situations, allowing the coaches to begin the evaluation process and the players to display individual attacking and defending skills. Bruin, a junior forward, stood out for his ability to finish, an encouraging sign if the Hoosiers ever saw one.

Among the freshmen, Harrison Petts and Kerel Bradford showed some real promise, but Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Xavier will likely help us learn more about them and their classmates.



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