April 10 Practice Report (4-10-04)
Bloomington, IN - Indiana completed its first full week of spring practice with its seventh workout of the spring on Saturday, April 10 at Memorial Stadium. Here is what head coach Gerry DiNardo and running backs Kenni Burns and BenJarvus Green-Ellis had to say after practice.
Head Coach Gerry DiNardo
"I thought it was good. I thought we worked hard, and the weather was good, which helped us go as long as we did. The contact was good, but we still need to work on situations that favor us. On third-and-long, we need to get off the field on defense. On third-and-short, we need to convert if we're on offense. In the red zone, we need to come away with points. If I had one criticism, it is that we are still not playing well in situations that favor us."
Is the offense ahead of the defense, or vice-versa?
"I don't think so. I think it is pretty balanced."
On running back Kenni Burns
"Kenni Burns got a lot of reps today, and that was by design. He's the only tailback we have who does not have game experience. That is what we are trying to create for him. Yamar Washington, Chris Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have all been starters."
On fullbacks and linebackers
"We are trying to rotate Jake Powers, Paul Szczesny and Kevin Smith at the Will and Sam linebackers. We're trying to bring along Josiah Sears at fullback. We also moved Randy Cate and Matt O'Neal to fullback."
Redshirt Freshman Running Back Kenni Burns
"It's good to be back on the field. I'm lacking the game experience, so it is important to get as many reps as possible."
On his redshirt season
"The redshirt year was good for me because it gave me the chance to watch and learn. Now I csn get some reps and because I was able to watch and learn, I have a better feel for it. It (the redshirt year) ended up being a blessing."
Sophomore Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis
On his first year of spring practice
"It's a little different. I'm young enough to learn new things every day. I knew that I needed to get bigger, faster and stronger to get ready for the season."
On the benefits of the off-season conditioning program
"I can tell from lifting weights that I have more explosion and can break more tackles."
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