Practice Remains Intense
Bloomington, Ind.- The Hoosiers continued their preparation for the 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies at Wednesday's practice. The practice remained intense as Indiana prepares for the trip to Husky Stadium.
The first big play of practice came from sophomore Buster Larkins. Larkins intercepted a jump ball in the left corner of the end zone during a goal line drill.
During seven-on-sevens, junior wide Travis Haney made some nice catches over the middle. Haney is coming off a career game against Connecticut where he caught three passes for 99 yards. Also during the drill, freshman corner Cedric Henry had a nice pass break up of a deep ball to Courtney Roby. Henry swatted away a ball that Roby would have caught in stride.
The Hoosiers worked on punt coverage as well and redshirt freshman punter Tyson Beattie bombed four punts deep, including the final two in the drill. The punts Beattie got off were not only deep, but had some good hang time as well.
Indiana running backs continued to look good in practice. Redshirt freshman Lance Bennett gave the defense fits all day with his moves. Bennett broke four large gains with juke moves to the outside. Sophomore Chris Taylor look solid from drill to drill as he busted through the line for a few long gains.
One of the lighter moments of practice was watching the battle between redshirt freshman kicker Troy Grosfield and junior Courtney Roby. During a kickoff drill, Roby broke through the line after receiving the ball at about the goal line. As he ran down the sidelines, Grosfield tried to cut the angle on Roby diving and just missing. Roby was able to tip toe the sidelines for the kick return. On the very next kick of Grosfield, Roby again broke through, but this time used a nice juke-move to get by the Denver, Colo., kicker. The two exchanged a handshake at the conclusion of the drill.
The intensity remained high during the 11-on-11 drill as the second and scout team defenses stood on the sidelines, yelling and screaming. However, it was the offense that came out strong at the start of the drill. The first came when sophomore fullback John Pannozzo caught a pass, broke two tackles and took the ball down the sidelines for the score. On another play, Hoosier offensive lineman Adam Hines got down field and laid a thunderous pancake block to spring senior back Brian Lewis for a big gain. The defensive energy picked back up, though, as defensive back Jahkeen Gilmore picked off a pass along the sideline.
The Hoosiers will travel to Seattle, Wash. to battle Washington this Saturday. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. Indiana time and can be seen on Fox Sports Net.
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