First Spring Scrimmage in the Books

    Go Hoosiers! Collin Taylor hauled in this 34-yard TD strike from quarterback Ben Chappell.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Collin Taylor hauled in this 34-yard TD strike from quarterback Ben Chappell.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 5, 2008


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Indiana football team held its first spring scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. The team ran approximately 60 plays and mixed in some kicking drills and 7-on-7 periods.

    "I thought the tempo of the no-huddle offense was good," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "We're playing with some young guys up front. They are getting a lot of work in and getting better and better."

    Sophomore quarterback B en Chappell, who led the new no-huddle offense for the first time in a scrimmage, finished the afternoon 18-of-21 for 137 yards with one touchdown. He connected with junior wide receiver Collin Taylor on a 34-yard TD strike. Taylor hauled in a team-high six receptions for 79 yards and his score.

    "I just have to keep getting better, but I felt good out there today. My receivers did a great job and the offensive line really stepped up," Chappell said.

    Indiana's offensive line, which was limited to seven active players, allowed just two sacks and provided Chappell and back-up quarterback Mitchell Evans with plenty of time in the pocket.

    "Those guys are doing a great job," Chappell said. "To run 60 plays with only seven offensive linemen is a compliment to them. It shows they are in shape and came in ready to run the no-huddle."

    The IU defense limited the offense to the lone touchdown. Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Marando recorded the first sack during the first team portion of the afternoon. He also deflected a pass later during the second drive.



    "I liked what I saw today," Lynch said. "I thought our defense played real well, as they should. That is where our experience is, particularly at linebacker and safety. I thought they showed themselves well."

    On the final drive, fifth-year senior defensive lineman Isaac Price picked up the team's final sack. Junior cornerback Bruce Hampton picked off a pass during 7-on-7's. It was the Hoosiers only turnover on Saturday.

    The team ran approximately 12 full team plays with work on the kicking game mixed in after the first and third drives. Following drives No. 2 and 4, the Hoosiers ran a dozen 7-on-7 plays.

    Up next, Indiana returns to the practice field on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon before its second scrimmage next Friday.


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