Hoosiers Begin Second Week of Practice
Aug. 13, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team began its second week of fall practices on Monday morning, which also marked the second day of double practice for the Hoosiers. IU was in full pads for the morning session, which ran from 9:15-11:45, but will just be in shoulder pads this afternoon.
The offense had a strong day during Monday's morning practice, with Kellen Lewis looking very sharp in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Lewis was a part of two of the best plays of the practice, finding Terrance Turner on a 25-yard fade route just inside the sideline and hitting Brandon Walker-Roby over the middle between a pair of defenders for a 40-yard touchdown.
"We looked okay today, and we need to," starting center Ben Wyss said of the offense's performance. "The other day the defense got us so it was good to see the offense was bouncing back today. Today, I felt like 11 guys were really working together on the offense and that's what we need. It was good to see everyone on the same page and getting a little rhythm down for the offense."
The defense had a few key plays of its own, though. Chris Phillips and Major Ramsey each posted interceptions for the second unit, while converted running back Justin Carrington, who is playing at linebacker this season, made a big hit on running back Shawn Winston to break up a sure completion.
Though Monday was cooler than most of the days of practice have been, hydration was once again crucial for the Hoosiers. According to Wyss, getting out on the field earlier has made practice in the sun easier to deal with.
"It's been really hot," he said. "The two morning practices have probably been our two best practices. You can tell everyone is a little more chipper and doesn't feel so beat down by the sun. I have to say that when we come back out in the afternoon, sometimes we have had some really good practices. And that's commendable for the team, to come back out in the extreme heat. You have to come out and play ball because you never know what that temperature is going to be like for any of the games during the year."
Wyss, who played in four games last season, is a key piece of an offensive line that returns four starters from 2006. So far, Wyss, the lone new starter up front, feels he is getting comfortable in his starting role and is developing good chemistry with his cohorts on the line.
"John Sandberg and I have been moving up together," Wyss said. "He started last year while I played a little bit. I feel very comfortable. I feel very at home at center, but not too complacent. I feel I still have some guys nipping at my heels so that keeps pushing me everyday."
The Hoosiers will have two practices on Wednesday and Friday this week before engaging in the only scrimmage of camp on Saturday, Aug. 18, which will be the team's annual Fan Day. The event is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
The west stands will be open to the public. Following the scrimmage, players and coaches will be available for autographs and photographs. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2007 season.
For more information on tickets, call the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 866-IUSPORTS.
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