Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis will not play today, according to IU media relations contact Jeff Keag.
So South grad Ben Chappell will make his first start tonight. He of course handled the first-string offense all week in practice.
I think it’s safe now to tell you that you may see some new wrinkles in the offense. Bill Lynch and his staff made a few minor changes and asked reporters not to write about them because they wanted to catch Illinois off guard. I’ll point specific changes out as soon as I see them.
For those of you who might be wondering….Lynch said he would prefer not to play true freshman quarterback Adam Follett â€” who ran the second-team offense for most of the week â€” but they’ll do it if the situation seems right. Because Lewis’ injury is not believed to be long-term there’s no desire to burn Follett’s redshirt unless it seems absolutely necessary.
According to the latest information we’ve been given by IU athletics, a decision on whether quarterback Kellen Lewis is able to play today won’t be made until closer to game-time.
We’ll update you on this as soon as we hear any new information. If you guys hear anything on this — odds are the Big Ten Network will be informed of the decision first — feel free to post in the comments section.
It looks like Eric Gordon may do OK in the pros. He put in 33 points in 31 minutes for the L.A. Clippers in an exhibition game last night.
To read more about Gordon’s big game, click here for coverage from the L.A. Times. Â
INDIANA 3, NOTRE DAME 1 (FINAL)
The Hoosiers had a team meeting earlier this week during which they shared every thought they had about this team and why it wasn’t playing up to its potential.
“It was kind of just like we all got together as a team,” Kevin Alston said. “We pretty much just got everything out there on the table. If you had something to say, you said it.”
Whatever was said, it worked.
Indiana snapped a two-game home losing streak and, coach Mike Freitag hopes, learned to play a full 90-minute game.
For senior Kevin Noschang, who made just his second start of the year and also scored his second goal, the win represents redemption for a program that many had written off.
“Itâ€™s weird to be on an IU soccer team thatâ€™s underrated,” he said. “For the first time, tonight, as a team, we felt like we were underrated. We were the underdog. We came in and wanted to show the country what weâ€™re capable of and I think we did that.”
Less that four minutes remain in this game, and Notre Dame has still having only intermittent success in the offensive half of the field.
Indiana’s whittling away the final minutes of the game without much resistance from Notre Dame. This second half has been a solid effort from every position on the field. Forward Neil WilmarthÂ has been important in making IU’s defense work, as he’s constantly come back to retrieve the ball out of his zone and been able to carry it through the midfield. He’s been fiesty, too, drawing two yellow cards from Notre Dame and receiving one of his own.
We’ll be here for our regular Thursday 11 a.m. Q&A to discuss the state of the Hoosier football team, this week’s Illinois game, the arrival of Hoosier Hysteria and whatever else is on your mind.
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You can check out Jared Poertner’s weekly preview by clicking here. Like at least a few other people, Jared isn’t feeling too positive about the Hoosiers’ chances this week.