September 17, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Hoosier defense looked good during the Hoosiers' two-hour practice on Wednesday in preparation for the Kentucky Wildcats. Both teams enter Saturday's contest with 1-2 marks.
The defense made the first few plays of practice with the action coming from the secondary. Junior safety Luke Stone stripped the wide receiver on a slant pass and freshman Cedric Henry was there to pick it up and run the other way.
Senior Duane Stone had a solid performance during seven-on-seven drills. The Evanston, Ill., native stepped in front of a wide receiver for a pick. A few plays later, Stone again was on the spot this time knocking away a high pass to a taller receiver.
The Hoosier offensive unit looked strong during nine-on-seven drills with the linebackers and defensive linemen. Indiana's three backs, sophomore Chris Taylor, freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis and senior Brian Lewis, all broke runs during the drill. The offensive line was able to clean the way as each back had two or more big runs against the scout team defense.
Junior wideout Courtney Roby made an impressive catch during 7-on-7 drills. Streaking down the field with double coverage, Roby made a juggling catch over both defenders for the touchdown.
Coming off a game that saw him pin Indiana State deep in its own territory three times, redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie had a solid performance in practice. Beattie bombed four deep punts during the drill, including one in which he had intense pressure from freshman safety Ryan Skelton. Against Indiana State, Beattie punted three times for an average of 37.7 yards and was able to pin Indiana State inside its own five on two occasions. His other punt was also downed inside the ISU 20-yard line.
The defense was again active during 11-on-11 drills. Stone found his way to the ball carrier on numerous occasions. Freshman linebacker Jake Powers and freshman defensive lineman Joel Stubblefield were also able to apply some good pressure during the drill. Junior safety Herana-Daze Jones picked off a pass along the right sideline during the second-and-long portion of the drill.
The offense was sound during its 11-on-11 drill. Junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio found senior wide receiver Glenn Johnson over the middle for some nice gains. Green-Ellis, Taylor and Lewis continued to look solid at running back as each broke runs up the middle.
The end of practice was highlighted with scrimmage action in which both sides of the ball had their moments. The defense was able to apply some good pressure during the drill. On two occasions, they were able to sack the quarterback, including the first play of the drill. Later on, junior linebacker Josh Moore and sophomore defensive end Victor Adeyanju combined for a sack. Moore almost picked off a pass during the drill as well. On the play, the defense applied pressure and tipped the pass as Moore just missed picking it off.
For the offense, it was again Roby with a big play. The Indianapolis, Ind., native used his speed to pick up a 20-yard plus gain. Junior Aaron Halterman had a couple of nice catches over the middle for first downs as well.
The Hoosiers will face their border rivals, the Kentucky Wildcats, on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The game will be carried on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.