April 11, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After an early surge from the offense, the defense responded with a strong finish in the Indiana football team's second spring scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.
Junior quarterback Ben Chappell started 8-of-8 and found sophomore wideout Damarlo Belcher for a 22-yard score in the early going. Trea Burgess added a 5-yard TD scamper before the defense stepped up in three consecutive series.
Jarrod Smith, a junior who made the move from offensive line to defensive tackle this spring, got things started with a 7-yard sack of redshirt freshman Adam Follett on a third-and-long.
Following a 22-yard completion from Chappell to fifth-year senior tight end Troy Wagner, sophomore defensive end Fred Jones recorded a 9-yard sack and sophomore cornerback Donnell Jones brought down fifth-year senior wideout Kellen Lewis for a 3-yard loss.
Sophomore cornerback Chris Adkins
closed out the series with an interception and two plays later, junior linebacker Jamie Lukaszewski
forced a fumble recovered by redshirt freshman linebacker Chad Sherer
The Hoosiers started each series at the 30-yard line and rotated between the first and second units. Special teams, 7-on-7 and red zone drills were mixed in throughout the morning.
IU's defense finished the day with three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Mick Mentzer opened the day with a 7-yard sack to join Smith and Jones.
In 7-on-7 drills, junior cornerback Richard Council picked off the second pass of the scrimmage and had a clear path to the endzone.
Chappell finished 8-of-10 for 111 yards with one TD and one interception, while Follett went 7-of-10 for 87 yards. Junior Teddy Schell completed two of his three passes for 17 yards.
The trio spread the ball around to 10 different receivers with sophomore Matt Ernest (47 yards, two catches), Wagner (40 yards, two catches) and Belcher (40 yards, three catches) each reaching the 40-yard mark. Lewis led IU with four receptions, and junior Terrance Turner caught two balls for 27 yards.
Ernest and Turner each hauled in highlight reel receptions, as Ernest made a diving catch on a Follett deep ball for 40 yards. Turner also sprawled for a 24-yarder from Chappell and touched both feet down just inside the boundary.
For the second straight weekend the Hoosiers dominated on the ground, racking up 169 yards on 30 carries (5.6 average). Burgess, the junior who opened the spring at linebacker before returning to his original position, paced the backs with 69 yards on nine carries (7.7 average) and his score.
Fifth-year senior Bryan Payton rushed six times for 38 yards, and fifth-year senior Demetrius McCray added 25 yards on seven carries. Redshirt freshman Darius Willis participated in his first scrimmage after battling an injury and posted 20 yards on four attempts.
Burgess broke free for a 37 yard run to set up his five-yard score, and Payton added a 25-yard burst.
During the red zone portion of the scrimmage, the offense jumped out of the gates quickly with back-to-back scores on the first two plays. Lewis took the snap, faked a handoff and juked his way 18 yards to paydirt. Burgess followed with an 18-yard TD run before the defense settled in and allowed only a 3-yard score to Willis the rest of the way.
The two kickers battling for the starting job entering fall camp combined to go 11-for-11. Redshirt freshman Nick Freeland hit all seven of his attempts, including a long of 40 yards, and two from 36. Senior Charlie Klingensmith connected on his four tries with a long of 33.
Indiana has just three practices remaining before concluding the spring next Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. The Hoosiers return to the practice field on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week.