Football season has started

The Indiana football team was on the practice field for two hours Friday, the first day of Fall Camp. A rather uneventful practice as a whole — no depth chart shakeups, no contact and no oppressive heat. The first two are typical of the first day of fall camp, the last not so much during my days covering the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Quarterback Ben Chappell was clearly the best player on the offensive side of the ball. He threw the ball with a lot of confidence and found his receivers in stride. I asked him after practice about the change in this fall camp, since he is not chasing someone else for the job or looking over his shoulder at someone else. “Last year, I prepared to be the starter,” Chappell said. “The year before that, I prepared to be the starter. It’s one of those things where, if you’re a competitor, you’re going to come out and do the same things every day. From a leadership standpoint, I really need to work on that and continue to build my leadership abilities. Being the starting quarterback, that’s something that naturally comes with the position.”
  • A heavy amount of special teams work during day one. Chris Hagerup is still a really good punter, so no worries there. Surprised to see starting defensive end Jammie Kirlew rotating in on the punt team, as the last line of defense for Hagerup. Indiana coach Bill Lynch said there has been an emphasis placed on putting the best players on the field, and that includes athletic defensive ends like Kirlew.
  • The team is wearing new practice jerseys. They look sharp, with striping down the side. Safety Nick Polk said the team was excited about the new look, and had been asking for stripes for several seasons.
  • Speaking of Polk, the fifth-year safety said he was able to watch Spring Practice and notice the mistakes other safeties made, and how he has made many of the same ones. He’s healthy now, and said he feels like he has a better understanding of his role and position from time spent watching.
  • If there was a standout freshman, it was wide receiver Duwyce Wilson. The 6-foot-3 product of Columbus East ran down several footballs during drills with the quarterbacks and was rotating in on the second team by the end of the day.
  • The first-team offensive line looked like this: right tackle James Brewer, right guard Pete Saxon, center Will Matte, left guard Justin Pagan and left tackle Rodger Saffold.

2 comments

  1. Everything about the practice unis was sharp….except for the fact that we apparently got part of Tennessee’s shipment for our QBs to wear. The black shirts were sharp…what the heck happened to them?!

  2. Anyway they can get those to be the regular uni’s? The all crimson look isn’t very flattering

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