Hoosier Freshmen Check In for Training Camp
Aug. 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the start of the football preseason just two days away, freshmen reported to camp on Saturday, Aug. 4.
After meeting with the coaches, being outfitted with equipment and getting checked out by the medical staff, the newest Hoosiers departed for the Summer House Inn, where they will stay during the preseason.
A total of 24 freshmen checked in for IU on Saturday, including 12 players from the Hoosier state. Included in those 12 is 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year Matt Ernest. The wide receiver expressed excitement about beginning his Indiana career.
"I don't really know what to expect coming here, but I'm definitely excited," Ernest said. I'm just excited to play football again, it seems like it's been a while."
A year after bringing in seven offensive linemen, the Indiana coaching staff added five more heading into the 2007 season. Six-foot-8 Josh Hager of Missouri is the largest player in IU's incoming class.
"I'm just ready to go and get started on camp to see what it's like in college football," Hager said. "Hopefully I'll get better, bigger, faster and stronger. I'm not really worried about the difference from high school. I'm pretty easy-going and can usually adapt to just about any situation if I have to."
Practice begins on Monday, Aug. 6, but the Hoosiers will not be able to practice in pads until Friday, Aug. 10. While the newcomers are looking forward to working with their new coaches and teammates, they were quick to acknowledge that going through their first camp will not be an easy task.
"I don't really think anyone actually looks forward to [practice]," Ernest said. "They'll be fun eventually, once we start playing some games and get things going, though. It'll be fun overall."
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