Heat and Rain at Practice
August 14, 2003Bloomington, Ind.- If Thursday afternoon's rain shower in the midst of 90 degree practice has any baring on the future, things could be looking bright for the Hoosiers. With a cool rain-showering coming down, a rainbow appeared over the Hoosier sports' facilities.
Practice started out with the Indiana working on punting and punt return. Sophomore Leonard Bryant and senior Duane Stone were impressive as each downed balls inside the five-yard line. Redshirt freshman punter Tyson Beattie also boomed a few punts that had good hang time. The drill not only produced some standouts, but one of the lighter moments in practice. After a punt block, Indiana head coach Gerry DiNardo came up cheering for senior Brian Lewis on blocking the punt. Sophomore Courtney Roby was quick to point out that it was he who had blocked the punt only to have DiNardo respond with a grin on his face for Lewis.
During individual drills, the quarterbacks worked on throwing to both the running backs and tight ends. The defensive backs worked on reading the quarterback, while the running backs worked on picking up the linebackers. DiNardo gave the defensive line the most praise for their intensity and hard work in their individual drill.
During an 11-on-11 drill, offensive line coach Steve Addazio got pretty animated with freshman center Chris Mangiero on some things he was doing wrong. A few plays later after Mangiero cleared the way for a good size gain, Addazio rewarded him by placing him with the first team.
Freshman defensive lineman Joe Kremer and Joel Stubblefield both looked good in drills against the offensive line. Kremer excelled during the one-on-one session getting the ball, while Stubblefield was impressive in the two-on-two drill.
The defense controlled the 11-on-11, 3rd-and-long situational drill as both the first and second teams got pressure on the quarterback. During one set, junior defensive tackle Chris Beaty batted a Graeme McFarland pass into the waiting arms of freshman linebacker Cleo Harbison.
The 11-on-11, 3rd-and-short drill was the complete opposite as the offense dominated with the first team taking eight of nine and the second team six of nine. Senior running back Brian Lewis had some good runs with the first team, including one in which he broke free. Freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis looked good as well banging around for a few first downs. Redshirt freshman Marlin Lynch looked good with the second team as he garnered four first downs.
The defense closed practice by stopping the offense on three occasions during a situational drill. The offense was placed at its own 30-yard line with 1:10 on the clock and one time out, while being down two points. During the first rep, junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio was able to find senior wideout Glenn Johnson down the middle of the field. Johnson made a juggling catch and was tackled at the 15 as time expired. The defense as able to stop the offense on two more series not allowing them to get inside the defense's 40-yard line.
The Hoosiers are just over two weeks away from the start of the 2003 season. They will open up on the road at Connecticut on August 30, 2003. The game will mark the opening of the Huskies' new home stadium, Rentschler Field.
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