2012 basketball prospect playing football

By   |   Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 - 10:19 AM   |   Comments Off

Bloomington South’s T.J. Bell, an Indiana target in the class of 2012, is playing football for the Panthers.

Here’s my post over on Quick Hits, the Herald-Times’ blog for prep sports.

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By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 - 5:16 PM   |   1 comment

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Lynch at media day

By   |   Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 - 12:16 PM   |   13 comments

Bill Lynch is holding his press conference now.

Biggest news so far is that he expects true freshman Adam Replogle to be part of the rotation at defensive tackle.

No huge shock there. He’s been playing well.

Today at IU football

By   |   Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 - 8:17 PM   |   6 comments

The Big Ten Network was at IU’s football practice. If you get the channel — and you probably do —  you can watch to see what the folks there said. I’m sure they’ve got video, too. Cameras were everywhere. Then I visited an old college buddy who works for the network, and he was in a truck with 137 televisions (give or take 50). Some fancy work going on in there for sure.

Though we weren’t given access to coaches or players, I went over to practice to see what I could see. And by that I mean I went to see Mike Hall. And, eureka, Dave Revsine.

Anyway, there are a few injuries to report:

  • Running back Darius Willis was out with a head injury.
  • Defensive end Jammie Kirlew was out with a leg injury.
  • Right tackle James Brewer continued to sit with a right leg problem.
  • Defensive tackle Jarrod Smith was out with a sore back again.
  • Fellow DT Mick Mentzer is still working through a knee injury.
  • Freshman kicker Mitch Ewald once again did not kick.

As I reported in Sunday’s paper, Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker continue pushing for the No. 2 and 3 spots on the depth chart.


By   |   Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 - 2:24 PM   |   22 comments

Part six of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.


Virginia offensive lineman Will Barker is the latest in a line of outstanding tackles for the Cavaliers. Pete Emerson | Virginia Media Relations

OPPONENT: at Virginia

DATE: Oct. 10

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Saturday football report

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 - 5:45 PM   |   6 comments

Indiana began two-a-days today, with practices nine and 10 (of 29 total before the season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Sept. 3).

We were at the morning practice. The afternoon practice, a controlled scrimmage, was not open to the media.

A few tidbits from the morning:

  • Though head coach Bill Lynch said no player has suffered a serious injury during camp, several rested both Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Offensive linemen Justin Pagan and James Brewer were inactive for both sessions, as were freshman kicker Mitch Ewald and punter Chris Hagerup. Lynch said Brewer, the 6-foot-8, 339-pound right tackle, has had shin problems but should not miss much time. The Hoosiers absolutely need him healthy.
  • Ben Chappell continued to look sharp passing the ball. He has terrific touch, which he showed off by hitting Dre Muhammad on a deep pass through the seam for a  touchdown. Muhammad, a Purdue transfer who is originally from Fort Wayne, has been one of this camp’s standouts. Though Indiana will use fewer receivers this season, Muhammad could earn his way onto the field as a Ray Fisher-type player who excels on screens. Lynch loves his competitiveness.
  • Lynch said he would use the scrimmage to see how the young players adapt to near-game speed. With three other two-a-day sessions next week, the staff is entering the period during which they must begin making decisions about which players will practice to play and which ones will join the scout team. So the freshmen were on the spot Saturday. “The more opportunities you give them early, the more you learn about them,” Lynch said.
  • Earlier this fall I wrote in the paper about how Indiana’s offense stayed late after practice to run through a few plays in rapid fashion. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada explained the drill today. During the spring, he decided to punish mistakes (penalties, fumbles) with up-downs. He thought that worked, but wanted something more corrective than punitive for the fall. So what happens after each practice is that the offense runs any play it messed up three times in quick succession. “That way they have a good memory of that play and don’t have to go into the locker room thinking about the mistake,” Canada said.


By   |   Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 - 3:50 PM   |   21 comments

Part five of a 12-part series outlining Indiana football’s opponents this season.

Ohio St Media Day Football

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor takes questions from reporters during the Buckeyes media day. Associated Press

OPPONENT: Ohio State

DATE: Oct. 3

TIME: 7 p.m.
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