Hoosiers Hold Scrimmage at Memorial Stadium
Aug. 21, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the season opener against Towson just 12 days away, the Indiana football team held a scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Some of the younger players received a chance to shine and Head Coach Bill Lynch came away impressed with what he saw.
"We saw a bunch of young kids flying around and playing hard," Lynch said following the scrimmage. "It was really good to give them all a lot of reps. As a result, we held out a lot of our experienced guys to see what the younger guys can really do."
Two redshirt freshmen stood out offensively, as quarterback Dusty Kiel and tight end Ted Bolser turned in big afternoons. Kiel completed 14-of-16 for 129 yards with one touchdown. Bolser was on the receiving end of that TD pass and hauled in five catches overall for 46 yards.
Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappeall played one series and went 6-of-7 for 42 yards, and redshirt freshman Edward Wright-Baker completed 5-of-7 for 26 yards and one scoring strike.
True freshman wide receiver Kofi Hughes pulled in three catches for 13 yards and picked up a fumble and raced it 92 yards for a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Leon Beckum and freshman defensive tackle Marlandez Harris led the way with six tackles apiece. Fifth-year senior cornerback Richard Council, junior cornerback Matt Ernest, redshirt freshman linebacker Damon Sims and fifth-year senior safety Aaron Burks each had five stops.
Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Deonte Mack recorded the only sack of the scrimmage, while true freshman linebacker Chase Hoobler and true freshmen cornerback Brian Williams both forced a fumble.
"We have had a great camp," Lynch said. "We made a real emphasis on giving the young kids a lot of reps. Some of them really showed themselves well today, on both sides of the ball. We'll give them tomorrow off, and then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be the final three days of camp, and then we'll start to focus on Towson."
Indiana opens the 2010 season against Towson on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS. Students can also add season tickets to their Bursar account during class registration.
IU had the third-largest one-year percentage increase in average attendance nationally in 2009, increasing by 10,051 to 41,833. It marked the Hoosiers' largest home attendance since 1992 (44,074) and the first time they exceeded 40,000 since the same year.
Indiana also sold out an expanded student section twice, against Ohio State (11,000 seats) and again vs. Purdue (15,200 seats). The Purdue total was the fourth-largest student section in Memorial Stadium history and the largest since 1989.
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