Hoosiers Open Fall Practices
Aug. 4, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team opened fall practice on Monday, Aug. 4. The Hoosiers have four weeks of practice leading up to their matchup with Western Kentucky on Aug. 30. In addition to working on drills, the Hoosiers participated in conditioning activities, 7-on-7 and full 11-on-11 matchups.
Head coach Bill Lynch was very pleased with the team's opening practice of training camp.
"I liked the tempo that we practiced at for a first day with the no-huddle thing and a lot of young guys. We had mistakes but the only way those young guys are going to learn is to jump in there. I think there is a pretty good group of talent in the group of kids that we brought in," Lynch said.
"I thought our defense played fast, but yet the defense without pads let the offense do what they needed to do. I thought both Ben (Chappell) and Kellen (Lewis) were sharp, and it is good to see (Andrew) Means out here, rejoining these guys. I thought it was a good first day."
The first highlight of the day was Fabiene Boone breaking through the line in 11-on-11 play to scoop up a missed snap on his way toward the end zone. Later, Greg Middleton flushed Kellen Lewis out of the pocket but Lewis fired a pass to Chris Banks who made a circus catch falling out of bounds. Brandon Mosley later picked off a later pass intended for Banks.
In 7-on-7 play, Collin Taylor made a diving catch over the middle on a pass from Lewis. Christopher Phillips also nearly intercepted a pass, breaking up what would have been a big play down the right sideline. Joe Kleinsmith got in on the action, breaking up a pass intended for Aaron Burks and nearly coming up with the interception before going out of bounds.
The acclimation period for the Hoosiers lasts until Saturday, which will also be the first two-a-day of the training camp. Stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com for updates all week on the IU football training camp.
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