April 15 Practice Report
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana completed the 10th practice of the spring on Thursday, April 15. Here is what head coach Gerry DiNardo had to say following practice. The Hoosiers will continue spring practice on Saturday, April 17 with a scrimmage in Memorial Stadium at 9:00 a.m.
Indiana Head Coach Gerry DiNardo
On the progress over the last few practices:
"The last couple of days the progress we have made is our offense is getting a little better handle on third-and-middle and third-and-long pressure situations in the passing game. We have done it quiet a bit. That is probably the one thing that has been pleasing most recently. I don't think today was a particularly physical scrimmage. We are usually more physical than that, but we have gotten a lot of work done."
On the progress of the team in attitude and work ethic from last season:
"Every year, you have less and less guys that can compare what we are doing to what they have done pervious. Again, not that it is good or bad. Most of the team only knows how we do our business, and I think that is part of it."
On having both kicking specialists, punter Tyson Beattie and kicker Bryan Robertson, back:
"Both of those are critical areas. One of the disappointments of 2003 season was that we did not improve in net punting. We were seventh in the conference in 2002. We felt we could make a run at the top half of the conference in net punting, and we did not. That was disappointing. It is good we have him back so that we can get into the top half in net punting. In kicking, we improved in our PAT percentage from 2002 to 2003, but our field goal percentage still has not gotten better. So again, it is good to have him back because we really need to improve in both of those areas."
The Indiana football program will conclude 2004 spring drills on April 23 with the annual Cream and Crimson game at Memorial Stadium. Opening kickoff is schedule for 7:00 p.m., but pregame festivities will get underway on the west side of the stadium at 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Cream and Crimson game is free.
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