IU Kicks Off Second Week of Spring Football
March 30, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team opened its second week of spring practice on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. It consisted of position drills, offensive and defensive specific drills, special teams drills as well as 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 scrimmages.
Below are some observations from practice:
In one-on-one competition between the wideouts and defensive backs, Matt Ernest made a nice break on the ball to break up a pass.
Richard Council pulled down an interception in one-on-one drills.
During inside rushing drills, the interior line blocked well, freeing Nick Turner for a big gain up the middle.
The defense unveiled its 3-4 look in the inside rushing drills to great success.
While he isn't practicing this spring, Justin Pagán is still very involved in practices.
In 7-on-7 action, Jerimy Finch broke up a pass, laying a good hit on a receiver over the middle.
Duwyce Wilson was in the right place at the right time, catching a tipped ball in traffic during 7-on-7 play.
Leon Beckum made receivers pay for coming across the middle, making big hits in 7-on-7s.
Ben Chappell and Doss seem to have picked up right where they left off last season, completing several passes throughout the practice.
In team drills, Darius Johnson showed good pursuit, making tackles on the sideline from his defensive end position.
In the 3-4 set, the defense did a great job of filling running lanes in team play. Both the first- and second-teamers showed promise defending the run out of the new formation.
Jeff Thomas had the hit of the day, putting a stop to a ball-carrier in the 11-on-11 play.
Max Dedmond threw a great block on the outside, freeing Wilson for a big gain off a swing pass from Chappell.
Doss made several nice moves after receiving a handoff, running around the left end for a first down.
Council made a good play to break up a nice throw from Edward Wright-Baker.
The offensive play of the practice came in 7-on-7 red-zone work, Muhammad ran a beautiful route and Chappell threw an equally impressive pass for a touchdown, beating Donnell Jones despite great coverage.
Two plays later, Chappell and Muhammad combined for another touchdown.
Thomas proved to be a good stopper over the middle throughout the practice, but particularly so in the red zone.
The team finished practice with field goal work with both sides seeing success.
Nicholas Sliger broke through the middle of the line to block a field goal and Council got a block as well, coming off the edge.
Nick Freeland looked good, kicking with good height, distance and accuracy.
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