Hoosiers Kick Off Spring Practice
March 24, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Tuesday marked the first of 15 spring practices for the Indiana football team. The Hoosiers practiced in sunny Memorial Stadium on a picturesque March afternoon.
Practice opened with a walk-thru of offensive sets and individual warm-ups. After stretching, the team went into positional drills and then finished up with 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 scrimmaging.
Below are some observations from day one:
· Fifth-year senior Kellen Lewis, sophomore Damarlo Belcher and junior Mitchell Evans ran with the first team offense at wide receiver, while junior quarterback Ben Chappell directed the first-teamers under center.
· Senior Ray Fisher seemed a natural with the first team defense at cornerback after spending his first three years at wide receiver.
· After undergoing successful ACL surgery in the offseason, sophomore Chris Hagerup kicked a few punts near the beginning of practice. He recorded booming punts of 52, 54 and 46 yards.
· In position drills, Lewis looked good in and out of his breaks, showed good speed and soft hands, all in his first full day at the position.
· Redshirt freshman Tyler Adetona also made several nice catches and looked good running routes in 7-on-7 and drills.
· In the team's new Pistol formation, fifth-year senior Bryan Payton, redshirt freshman Darius Willis and sophomore Zach Davis-Walker showed good explosiveness at running back once they reached the line of scrimmage.
· In 7-on-7's, Chappell connected with Belcher for several short gains.
· In 11-on-11's, the offense got a good push from the interior lineman.
· Chappell connected with sophomore tight end Max Dedmond on a nice screen, rolled out on a bootleg and hooked up with Lewis for a nifty six-yard gain.
The Hoosiers return to practice on Thursday before putting on the pads for the first time on Friday. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com this week for video highlights of practice and interviews with Kellen Lewis, Ray Fisher and head coach Bill Lynch.
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