Coaches talk about first scrimmage

Nine days of practice, 11 practices and one scrimmage later, IU is more than a third of the way through camp. Here's some reaction to the first scrimmage from Indiana coaches.

Indiana football held its first scrimmage of the season on Saturday night under the lights at Memorial Stadium. It was the ninth day of camp and the 11th practice leading up to IU's Aug. 29 season opener against Indiana State.

The second scrimmage of camp will be this Friday.

Saturday's scrimmage was closed to the public and the media so it's difficult to know exactly how things turned out. It was reported they ran close to 120 plays. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Johns, however, thought the offense looked sharp for a first time out.

"Really more than anything else we wanted to see great effort (in the first scrimmage) and I think we got that,'' Johns said in an interview with IU media relations. "We had an emphasis on playing more physical and executive our base plays. I thought the kids did a really good job.''

Johns was asked first about IU's running game. The question was that it had looked like several running backs had good performances.

"Which we expect,'' Johns said. "We feel like we have a lot of depth at that position, a lot of speed and a lot of toughness. I think those guys performed pretty well.''

He was also asked about the offensive line. It was another area that Johns was happy about.

"I thought they performed really well,'' Johns said. "Those guys are bigger and stronger and more experienced. And once again I just feel like we're in a position now where we can control the line for four quarters throughout the game.''

Co-defensive coordinator William Inge said consistency was a big key for his side of the ball and he thought some players showed flashes of good things Saturday night.

"We're just dealing with a lot of young men who are trying to do their best,'' Inge said. "Against a good offense it's going to make it harder. But I thought we made some strides.''

Indiana returns to the field on Monday for a two-a-day schedule. The Hoosiers also have two practices on Wednesday and Sunday, one practice on Tuesday and Thursday and the scrimmage on Friday.

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