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Indiana offensive line coach Mo Moriarity coaches during the first day of spring practice. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Observations from first day of spring practice

Indiana had its first day of spring practice Tuesday, and by NCAA rule, they weren’t allowed to wear any sort of pads other than helmets, so it was tough to really gather a whole lot about the team going forward.

But perhaps the most newsy thing is the Hoosiers an 11-on-11, non-tackling scrimmage at the end of practice, which forced them to reveal what at least at this point are their first-team offenses and defenses. On offense, the returning starters were mostly where you would expect them to be (quarterback Ben Chappell, running back Darius Willis, wide receivers Damarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss, tight end Max Dedmond, center Will Matte and right tackle James Brewer.) At the up-for-grabs positions, Dre Muhammad and Duwyce Wilson played in the third wide receiver spot where Terrance Turner would be if not for neck surgery that has him out for the spring. Andrew McDonald was playing left tackle and Cody Faulkner and Marc Damisch were at the guard positions.

Defense was a little more shaken up. Donnell Jones, a cornerback last season, was playing safety with Chris Adkins. Richard Council and Matt Ernest were manning the corner spots. Senior Tyler Replogle was the middle linebacker, flanked by Damon Sims and Chad Sherer on the outsides. Darius Johnson and Fred Jones were the defensive ends, and returning starters Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr., were back at defensive tackle.

Those lineups could see vast changes, of course, and it was only the first day of spring practice, but it gives fans at least some idea of how IU coaches see their teams on March 23.

Play of the day probably went to Ernest, who intercepted about a 40-yard pass from Edward Wright-Baker in the end zone during an 11-on-11 scrimmage that had a mix of first and second teamers. (It was sort of like the 1.5 team on both sides.). Willis and redshirt freshman Nick Turner each had a few nice runs, and Ben Chappell seemed mostly sharp with his throws and Muhammad hauled down a few of them.

The Hoosiers have another open practice on Thursday at 4 p.m.


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Indiana coach Bill Lynch walks off the field with his son Billy during fall camp last season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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AAU coach: Indiana not recruiting Mobley

Felix Taylor, one of forward Brandon Mobley’s AAU coaches with the Atlanta Celtics, said that Indiana has not been recruiting Mobley. Mobley recently told a Savanna, Ga., newspaper that he was close to signing with the Hoosiers.

Taylor also said that David Williams, who verbally committed to Indiana before opening up his recruitment, will play for North Carolina-Greensboro.


Branden Dawson video

Again, sorry for the quality. But you can still see Dawson’s athleticism. He’s No. 13 in the black.


IU releases spring depth chart

Along with its spring prospectus, Indiana also put out its first depth chart for the 2010 season. It should be stressed that it is extremely premature, and that most of the reason it’s even being released is for the preview magazines who have to write their pieces shortly after spring games. For instance, pay no attention to the fact that sophomore Adam Follett is listed as the backup quarterback, because it is pretty likely that when the dust settles, that job will go to either Edward Wright-Baker or Dusty Kiel.

But one way or another, it’s a depth chart, and it follows. (more…)


Lynch: “We’re going to be more multiple,” on defense

After Indiana finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring defense last season, IU coach Bill Lynch said Monday that schematic changes will be made to the defense beginning this spring.

“We’re going to be a little bit more multiple,” he said.

What that means specifically, Lynch said, is the Hoosiers will occasionally work in a 3-4 front with its base 4-3. Lynch stressed that it won’t be a wholesale change, and that anyone who attends the first few sessions of spring practice won’t see any use of the 3-4 at all. The Hoosiers don’t have the personnel to run an NFL style 3-4, Lynch said, mostly because they don’t have a truly monstrous nose tackle to put in the middle of the defense.

What they do have, though, is a group of defensive ends who are slightly smaller but more athletic than the prototypes, and who could be just as effective if not more so standing up than they could be coming out of a three-point stance. (more…)



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