Offense Dominates Practice
August 19, 2003Bloomington, Ind. - The Hoosiers spent about two hours on the practice field on Tuesday afternoon. Indiana is within two weeks of their season opener at Connecticut's new Rentschler Field. The game is set for August 30, 2003 at 11:00 a.m.
The Hoosier offense and offensive line looked good during a scrimmage type drill on Tuesday afternoon. The offensive line cleared the way for a pair of 15-yard gains by sophomore running back Chris Taylor. Junior wide receivers David Lewis and Courtney Roby each made nice catches. Lewis made a shoe- string catch from redshirt freshman Graeme McFarland, while Roby caught a deep ball in stride from junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio. The play went from over 80-yards as Roby streaked down the middle of the field.
The Hoosiers worked on punt coverage and punt returns after a break from the heat. Junior kicker Bryan Robertson had a pair nice looking punts, while freshman Lance Bennett received praise from head coach Gerry DiNardo for his fielding of punts. On one play, Bennett took a punt from Robertson and had a nice return before the whistles blew. He made one defensive player miss and broke two more tackles along the way.
During seven-on-seven drills, Roby and Lewis continued to look good at the receiver position, while the defense came up with a few plays. Roby made a juggling catch along the sidelines on one play and a few plays later readjusted on a deep ball to make the catch. Lewis caught a jump ball during the redzone portion of the drill for a touchdown. Sophomores Ty Henderson and Will Lumpkin both came up with interceptions during the drill. Henderson made his in the middle of the field, while Lumpkin caught a pass that was tipped by a wide receiver.
LoVecchio continued to look good during a third-and-long drill. He found junior tight end Aaron Halterman over the middle for a 30-plus yard gain. LoVecchio also hit a streaking Tyke Spencer for a 15-yard gain on a third-and-12 situation.
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