Banks, Mack out, and other news from Football Camp Day 2

Indiana isn’t wearing pads at practice yet, but the Hoosiers still suffered a pair of injuries during the first practice on Friday.

Freshman running back Antonio Banks and senior defensive end Deonte Mack sat out Saturday’s practice. Mack’s ankle injury will only keep him out day-to-day, but Banks is listed as “out indefinitely” with a hamstring injury. It certainly doesn’t seem to be a season-ending injury, as Banks was riding an exercise bike throughout practice, but it could make it harder for Banks to break into the tailback rotation.

In other notes, the media was provided with updated weights for some of the players on Saturday. Most were within five pounds of their listed weight at the end of spring practice, but there were some fluctuations of note. Junior left guard Justin Pagan is down to 305 pounds from 332 and sophomore defensive tackle Mick Mentzer is down to 305 pounds from 317. Jeff Thomas, the junior college transfer middle linebacker, is down to 240 from 249 and redshirt freshman quarterback Edward Wright-Baker is down to 215 from 225. Sophomore defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. had the biggest weight gain, going from 309 to 325. Defensive end Kevin Bush is up eight pounds to 260 and wide receiver Tandon Doss is up 10 pounds to 205.

As for observations from Day 2, most of the usual suspects continue to look sharp. Quarterback Ben Chappell opened up 11-on-11 play by hitting wide receiver Damarlo Belcher for about 40 yards on a deep post pattern, and again looked good throwing on crossing routes and out patterns. All three starting wideouts have continued to make plays in scrimmages.

Redshirt freshman Dusty Kiel now seems to be significantly ahead of classmate Wright-Baker in the battle for the backup quarterback job. In both days of practice Kiel’s snaps with the second team offense in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 competition have outnumbered Wright-Baker’s by about a 2-1 ratio. Haven’t asked Lynch why yet, but Kiel has been much more accurate.

Lineups on Saturday were mostly similar to Friday on offense, but the defense did some shifting. Secondary continues to be a constant rotation as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic has 10 players battling for four positions. The linebacking unit also saw some shifting as Thomas and sophomore Chad Sherer played with senior Tyler Replogle after junior Leon Beckum and redshirt freshman Damon Sims played with Replogle the first day. Adam Replogle continued to see time as the first team defensive end and Black got first team reps again.

Several true freshman got an opportunity to shine on the third and fourth units, though it appears unlikely that Bill Lynch would play more than one or two members of the class. Logan Young, a 6-3 receiver from Muncie, made a few nice catches and Kofi Hughes, a wideout from Indianapolis, seems to be making the transition from quarterback to receiver easily. Matt Perez, the record-breaking running back from Park Ridge, Ill., has looked good in his limited time on the field.


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