Pads Go On For The First Time
August 10, 2003Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana took to the practice fields in full pads for the first time this camp. Sunday's practice also marked the fifth day of camp, thus allowing for two-a-day practices to begin next week. NCAA rules require teams to have two-a-days on non sequential days. Thus this week Indiana will practice twice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and once on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. One week from today the Hoosiers will enjoy their first day off. The hope is that IU will be able to practice on its new turf field at the end of the week.
Sunday's practice was highlighted by a lot of intensity and battles between the offensive and defensive units. The two teams took part in nine-on-seven drills for the first time in camp and the competitive juices were certainly flowing. Martin Lapostolle shouted out that he could not wait for period 13 which featured the offense and the defense head-to-head in the nine-one-seven drill.
As always the practice ended with the 11-on-11 drill and Coach DiNardo challenged the defense as the offense lined up for third and one for nine straight plays. The offense converted four times, but the defense won the battle with five stops. Will Lumpkin came up big with a forced fumble while Cleo Harbison had a stop of his own on third and short. Lapostolle made a big stop in the backfield to end the practice.
Offensively Brian Lewis, Marlin Lynch and Chris Taylor each showed some power breaking through the line.
Other highlights on the day included big sacks from Kenny Kendal, Luke Stone and Herana-Daze Jones and big gains from Brian Lewis, David Lewis and Jason Sullivan.
With former Hoosier Coach Bill Mallory in attendance Indiana had the intensity flowing once again...something IU fans were very much use to when Coach Mallory was on the sidelines.
Two injury notes...Paul Hearn and Johnathan Clemente are both expected to miss the season. Indiana now has 103 active players in camp with 65 of those players having been offered a scholarship to attend IU.
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