Hoosiers Scrimmage at 2008 Hoosier Football Fan Day
Aug. 16, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team held its annual Hoosiers Football Fan Day on Saturday. In front of 1,500 fans, the Hoosiers showed promise in the first public scrimmage of fall camp as well the first football played on the new FieldTurf.
On the second play of the scrimmage, fifth-year senior running back Marcus Thigpen took a carry 57 yards to the three-yard line. That drive ended in a Austin Starr field goal. Starr finished the day 4-4 on field goals, with the longest coming from 44 yards out.
The Hoosier defensive crew was perhaps the story of the day. Sophomore cornerback Richard Council got the unit started with a 20-yard interception return. Junior defensive end Greg Middleton joined in to record three sacks for a loss of 21 total yards. Middleton also added an additional tackle for a loss.
Sophomore linebacker Tyler Replogle recorded seven tackles over the course of the scrimmage to lead the Hoosiers. True freshman cornerback Cortez Smith made a big play to break up an apparent Demarlo Belcher touchdown reception. Smith's big hit jarred the ball loose to keep points off the board.
True freshman wide receiver Charles Love III made a juggling catch before going on a 70-yard scamper to find paydirt. Later, junior wide receiver Ray Fisher made a leaping grab in the corner of the end zone on a deep fade from Ben Chappell. Chappell finished with 127 yards passing on 13 completions.
The Hoosiers also mixed in 7-on-7 drills along with special teams work. Head coach Bill Lynch addressed the crowd at halftime as well as at the conclusion.
Lynch was excited to see the fans come out for the first football action in Memorial Stadium since the spring.
"The energy of a stadium that is packed with your own fans does so much for your football team, " Lynch said. "I just can't thank everybody enough for coming out, and I certainly look forward to having them back in a couple of weeks and throughout the season because the energy they bring goes a long way toward helping us defend the rock."
Lynch and the players remained on the field after the scrimmage to take pictures and sign autographs for the fans in attendance.
The Hoosiers will kick things off at The Rock on August 30 with Western Kentucky. In addition to single-game tickets for the '08 campaign, season tickets are still on sale for $249 to the general public. Youth season tickets are $120 for the eight-game package.
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