Open football scrimmage today

The Hoosiers will be on the field at Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. today for a football scrimmage that will begin around 4:20 or so.

This second scrimmage of the spring will have 75 plays – five sets of 15 plays with other drills in between those sets. Last Saturday, in the first scrimmage of the spring, IU ran 60 plays – five sets of 12. The scrimmage is open to the public and admission is free.

As I reported in the H-T and today, one of the interesting sights at practice yesterday was seeing 6-8, 340-pound offensive lineman James Brewer participating in some of the drills for the first time in a year. We’ve seen Brewer in a walking cast and riding a golf cart since he suffered a foot injury last spring. That injury – like the foot injury of running back Demetrius McCray – has been slow to heal.

So even though Brewer won’t actually play on the offensive line this spring, the fact that he’s come far enough – after an injury that had to give him some doubts about whether he’d ever play again – to participate in some of the drills is significant progress. Bill Lynch said yesterday that Brewer has been moving well so far. He said coaches have high hopes for the massive Indianapolis native who has good feet and strength. The key moving ahead will be keeping Brewer, a sophomore next fall, healthy to get lots of repetitions in practice.

“It’s huge for him,” Lynch said of Brewer’s return to the field in a part-time capacity.

If Brewer can regain and maintain full health, the possibility of in a year or two having him playing on the same line as 6-3, 350-pound redshirt freshman Dennis Zeigler is an intriguing one. Because of injuries to others, Zeigler has been playing on the No. 1 offense at right tackle this spring and has done a good job for a youngster. Brewer and Zeigler would both be among the largest linemen currently in the Big Ten and ever at IU. Even by NFL standards, they’re both really big.

If you go to the scrimmage today, look for #66 Zeigler at right tackle and #73 Brewer on the sidelines. They shouldn’t be hard to find.

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