Spring football practice notes

Indiana held its second spring practice today that was open to the media. The Hoosiers will have a closed practice Thursday, followed by a scrimmage Saturday that’s open to the media.

Here a few notes from today’s practice:

* Kellen Lewis looked sharp. Second-string QB Ben Chappell was also throwing the ball well, but wasn’t as accurate as Lewis. One of the highlights of an 11-on-11 drill was a Lewis bomb that he completed to tight end Nick Sexton for a touchdown. James Bailey provided another highlight with a spectacular leaping grab over the middle just a couple of plays after he had dropped a long potential TD pass from Lewis.

* There wasn’t any new news on Terry Hoeppner. Interim coach Bill Lynch said he talked with Hoeppner Monday, but he didn’t give any updates on Hoeppner’s health.

* Lynch said he thinks IU’s defense is faster this spring. Yes, we’ve heard that before, but it looks like there’s some truth to it. The real question, of course, is whether that speed will enable the smallish Hoosier defense to stop Big Ten offenses. Lynch also said the Hoosiers are deeper on the d-line this year with Big Ten-quality linemen.

* One defender who is huge is sophomore defensive tackle William Keglar, who worked out with the Hoosiers last summer, but wasn’t on the team in the fall. The 6-6 Keglar is listed at – get this – 390 pounds. The Pike High School graduate is currently hobbling with an apparent turf toe injury.

* Converted running back Justin Carrington is already seeing some reps on the No. 1 defense at linebacker.

* We learned at practice that IU head football trainer Dean Kleinschmidt is leaving to accept a position with the Detroit Lions.