Spring practice #7 updates

Indiana’s practice held inside Mellencamp Pavilion late Friday afternoon was a light one with the first scrimmage of the spring ahead Saturday at 1:30.

So there wasn’t a lot of scrimmaging or anything else that looked much like real football. One thing that did catch my eye was how IU is using redshirt freshman tight end Max Dedmond all over the field.

Dedmond, one of the top-rated players in IU’s 2007 recruiting class, is a big target at 6-5, 238, but the Evansville native lines up at wide receiver and in the backfield as a fullback, as well as at a traditional tight end spot.

The IU depth chart at tight end has juniors Troy Wagner (6-5, 250) and Brian Zematis (6-3, 250 and the best blocker of the trio) at 1-2, but the Hoosiers are also planning on the agile Dedmond seeing playing time next season, tight ends coach Kyle Conner said, in a role somewhat similar to Dallas Clark of the Colts.

“He has excellent ball skills,” Conner said.

IU plans to use a three tight end set in short yardage situations next season and to add play action – again like the Colts – which should allow Dedmond to line up as a blocker but break downfield as a receiver.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for the update. Even with all the OL out, I’m still very interested in seeing how the team looks tomorrow.

  2. I’ll bet IU’s coaches wish he was already playing, but Darius Willis is still in the spring semester of high school in Indianapolis, so he can’t practice with the Hoosiers yet. I expect that he’ll join them for voluntary workouts this summer.

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