Hoosiers at Insight Bowl - Day 2
Dec. 28, 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Following a day of long delays and frustration on Thursday, the Indiana University football team was finally able to get their feet on the ground in Arizona and on the field for the first time to continue preparation for the Insight Bowl.
The Hoosiers arrived at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale shortly after 10:00 a.m. MST and began to get ready for practice with the temperature slowly climbing above 50 degrees. As the team walked from the locker room to the field, they were greeted with a clear sky and mountain in the distance to east, which was a new sight for many on a team used to seeing mountains of snow in the distance in Indiana during the month of December.
"It reminds me of home (Port Allen, La.) a little bit, not having to bundle up," senior co-captain Tracy Porter said. "But I have never seen mountains with my own eyes so that has been a great experience for me."
The team got the blood flowing with the usual calisthenics and then divided up by position for the rest of the warm-up period, with the offensive and defensive lines utilizing the neighboring softball and baseball outfields for their drills.
"We were hoping to knock off some of the rust with practice yesterday," head coach Bill Lynch said, "but with not having the workout, we had to combine that with having some good physical work today."
Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis said that the long day on Thursday would not be a factor for the Hoosiers by the time kickoff rolls around on Monday.
"Some guys might be a little sidetracked right now," Lewis said, "but we have a couple days before the game. We were a little rusty today with some throws and some drops. But I am not really worried about it, we'll get back into it as long as everybody is mentally ready to go."
The offense and defense got after each other with some light scrimmaging and 7-on-7 drills before wrapping up practice around 12:30 p.m. MST.
But despite all of the distractions on Thursday, Lewis reaffirmed the Hoosiers focus on not just being another bowl team but to come away with a victory.
"When I first got here, that was a big goal, to `Play 13,' Lewis said. "And now that we are here, we want a trophy that says bowl game champions and not bowl game participant."
After practice, the team returned to the hotel for lunch and some free time in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Lynch addressed the employees of Insight Enterprises at the corporate headquarters in Tempe.
For dinner, the players were treated to a "Players Only" steak dinner at a local steakhouse by the Insight Bowl committee. Check out the photo gallery link at the top of this page for some photos of the feast.
Check back with IUHoosiers.com later on for video from Friday's events. Click here to view the action from Day 1 in Arizona.
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