Camp Opens on the Field
August 7, 2003Bloomington, Ind. - Fall camp is officially underway in Bloomington.
The Indiana football team took the field for the first time as a unit, practicing Thursday in shorts and helmets with no pads.
The bulk of the first half of practice was spent with the offense and defense on separate fields getting acclimated to their respective systems. The second half of practice featured some competitive action, with one of the stars being wide receiver Travis Haney. Haney made a variety of impressive catches, some of which were coming over the middle, while others utilized his 6-4 frame on the outside. In fact, he was able to fight off a defender on a deep ball thrown by Matt LoVecchio to the sideline to make a spectacular grab that ended practice.
Also playing well was freshman linebacker Jake Powers, who in his first practice at the collegiate level made some good decisions and was solid in pursuit. He was not the only new linebacker to make a difference, however, as junior Josh Moore, also made some solid plays. Perhaps the highlight for the linebacking corps was when Kevin Smith intercepted a pass over the middle.
On the offensive side of the ball, the running backs were productive, with Brian Lewis, Chris Taylor and Marlin Lynch each looking good.
Defensive back Courtney Clency's solid play throughout the course of practice, highlighted by a pass batted down on a crossing route enabled him to participate with the first-string defense.
Other news of note was that Jahkeen Gilmore played cornerback instead of wide receiver. Gilmore was originally listed as a receiver, but made the switch as a result of the talent already existing at the receiver positions. Gilmore was part of an intriguing second string defense that was studded with newcomers Jake Powers (LB), Ben Ishola (DE) and Cleo Harbison (LB).
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