Bloomington, Ind.- The Hoosiers offense looked good during Wednesdays practice as Indiana prepares for Homecoming against the Northwestern Wildcats.
The offense had some good moments during the goal line drill. The coaching staff has been stressing critical situations over the past few weeks and goal line situations are an area in which the Hoosiers will look to improve over the last half of the season. The offensive line created some good holes for the running back trio of senior Brian Lewis, sophomore Chris Taylor and freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
The offense line continued to create holes during 11-on-11 drills. Both Taylor and Lewis were able to find the gaps for 20-plus yard gains. Junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio looked solid as well as he was able to find junior Courtney Roby along the sidelines and fifth-year senior Glenn Johnson over the middle for first downs.
The defense was able to put some pressure on the quarterback during 11-on-11 drills. Fifth-year senior Joe Gonzalez picked up a five-yard tackle for loss as he was able to get to the running back. Gonzalez also picked up a sack later in practice. Also during the drill, freshmen Jake Powers and Will Meyers each picked up sacks.
The Hoosier special teams had a solid practice as well. Freshman Lance Bennett and sophomore Courtney Roby were able to find holes and burst through on the kick off return. Redshirt freshman Tyson Beattie had a good showing during punting drills. Junior kicker Bryan Robertson capped the Hoosier special teams practice off with a 40-yard field goal.
Both junior wideouts Travis Haney and Patrick Thompson had impressive grabs. Haneys catch started the scrimmage portion of practice. With good coverage on him, Haney was able to use his 6-4 frame to his advantage. He made a one-handed catch over his right shoulder with a defender on his right shoulder. Thompson ended practice with his impressive grab. Running towards the left corner of the end zone, Thompson was able to make the catch over his left shoulder and keep two feet in along the side of the end zone.
The Hoosiers will take on Northwestern on Saturday at 11:10 a.m. for Homecoming 2003. The game will be televised on ESPN-Plus and can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Dan Thompson (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game).