Adetona leaves program, and other notes from the media two-a-day

Wow. Long day.

Wednesday was the Indiana football program’s second annual media two-a-day. Members of the media on the Indiana beat get the unique opportunity to experience what life is like inside the football program during two-a-days, which includes the chance to sit in on position and staff meetings, which are obviously otherwise off limits.

It also means we get there early and stay late. With the exception of about 30 minutes, I was at Memorial Stadium from 6:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, which of course is a standard day for the players and coaches during this period. Really makes you wonder how they do it.

Anyway, a few bits of news and notes I can share. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Adetona has left the football program to pursue other opportunities, according to an IU athletic department spokesman. Adetona appeared in just two games last season, but appeared to be in the mix for some playing time after the spring. On the post-spring depth chart, he was listed as one of the three backup wide receivers. However, Adetona appeared to fall behind redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson, junior Dre Muhammad and redshirt freshman Jamonne Chester.

In a move that may or may not have anything to do with Adetona’s departure, sophomore quarterback Connor Creevey has moved to wide receiver. The South Bend native had not taken a snap at quarterback in a game.

Freshman wide receiver Tim O’Connor did not play in either one of Wednesday’s practices. He was wearing a sling on his arm, but no injury information was presented.

In other injury news, Indiana was without running backs Darius Willis (hamstring), Antonio Banks (hamstring) and Nick Turner in its second practice. Turner’s injury has not yet been released. Junior wide receiver Tandon Doss, who has also been battling a hamstring problem, was also held out of practice.

Most of both practices focused on situational scrimmaging, including two-minute offensive drills, third-down and red-zone situations. The second practice included full pads and tackling, which has been relatively rare so far this preseason. Senior quarterback Ben Chappell was mostly sharp, throwing touchdown passes to tight end Ted Bolser in a red zone situation and making several other big plays. Redshirt freshman quarterback Ed Wright-Baker also ran for a score in a red-zone situation.

Redshirt freshman Lawrence Barnett had a particularly strong afternoon on the defensive side of the ball, recording an interception in 7-on-7 work in the first practice, breaking up another in 11-on-11 work, then breaking up another pass in the second practice.

The Hoosiers have another two-a-day today, then a scrimmage on Saturday.

4 comments

  1. I think Adetona was a pretty big pick up when IU signed him but I am not for sure.
    So Willis is going to miss almost the entire summer of practice. I wonder if that will have an impact on his season, especially early on…with contact mostly!

  2. I wish that every position was as deep and talented as receiver! Good players can’t crack the top 6-8 and move on. Can we get Billy Lynch to recruit some other positions as well?

  3. JPat,
    I think you are right about Adetona. He was from Ga. but other than that I do not recall other details as to why he was so prized.

    BeatPurdue,
    I think Billy Lynch should be rewarded with more $ and AD Glass should consider him in his focus for the programs future.

    Competition is king. We certainly have more of it this year and at more positions than in decades past. That competition will also nourish this years basic team goal “finish”.

  4. I think we’re starting to see the first wave of the “changing of the guard”, where the strong classes we’ve recruited in the past 2 years will challenge and often replace the upperclassmen for spots.

    Redshirting most freshmen, creating depth, getting players’ buy-in to change positions for a better shot at playing time…I’m crossing my fingers that this is the foundation for our program’s revival.

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