September 24, 2003
The Hoosiers prepared for the Big Ten Opener against 11th-ranked Michigan with an intense Wednesday practice. Both teams come into Saturday's match up in the "Big House" off losses last week. Oregon upset then-fifth-ranked Michigan, while the Hoosiers fell to Kentucky.
Practiced started out with intensity during the goal line drill. The offensive and defensive lines had a few heated battles during the drill. Senior Brian Lewis and sophomore Chris Taylor both found the endzone during the drill.
Redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie continued too look good punting the ball. During the punting series of practice, Beattie unloaded two deep spirals that went over 50 yards with one going over 60. The Attadale, Australia, native has had seven punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line over the last two games. Freshman safety Aaron Mitchell had the big play for the punt rush during the drill as he blocked a punt.
During 9-on-7 drill, the defensive line looked solid. On two consecutive plays, the Hoosiers' defense line was able to stuff the run. Sophomore Victor Adeyanju and junior Jodie Clemons both came up with stops during the drill.
The Hoosiers' linebackers and secondary made their presences felt by dominating the 7-on-7 drills of practice. Senior Duane Stone led the Hoosier charge as he came up with a big pass breakup before laying a hit on wideout David Lewis. Sophomore safety Buster Larkins and junior linebacker Kevin Smith both knocked away Hoosier passes. Junior linebacker Jason Cartwright had the only interception of the drill as he snatch a pass that bounced off a Hoosier shoulder pad. Sophomore Mike Doyle had a nice play during the drill as well. On an attempted lob pass to junior Patrick Thompson, Doyle leaped and knocked the ball down.
The defense started putting pressure on the quarterback during the team portion of practice. Junior safety Herana-Daze Jones and Adeyanju both were able to get to the quarterback during the drill. During their respective team drills, freshman Lance Bennett and senior Brian Lewis both broke big runs.
Junior tight end Aaron Halterman made a couple of catches during the team drill as well. Halterman had career-highs in catches (5) and yards( 71) against Kentucky last week. Halterman's tight end counterpart, freshman Chris Rudanovic, made a nice juggling grab over the middle. Indiana wideouts Travis Haney and Glenn Johnson both catch passes over the middle during the drill.
Indiana's defense punctuated practice the way they started it. During the 11-on-11 drills, the defense had its way with the offense. Senior safety Joe Gonzalez put a hit on sophomore wideout Tyke Spencer. The very next play freshman Jake Powers hit sophomore fullback Jason Sullivan. The Hoosiers' defensive line did its job during the drill as it was able to put pressure on the quarterback.
The Hoosiers will hit the road to battle 11th-ranked Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The game time is set for 11:10 a.m. and will be carried on ESPN-Regional. Don Fischer (play-by-play), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call on the IU Radio Network.