Indiana's first day of football practice for the 2013 season was pretty much what you would expect.
The temperatures were a little cooler than normal for early in August and the team worked out in shorts for about two and a half hours late Friday morning. Players had masking tape with their names on the front and back of their helmets as coaches clearly did not know the 105-man group just yet only by number.
The big news of the day was the announcement that starting linebacker Chase Hoobler was out indefinitely with a stress fracture. I have a story on the premium board that looks at what that means for this Indiana team.
As for the first day of practice, IU coach Kevin Wilson said all the things you would expect him to say.
"You always want it to be better,'' Wilson said at the outset of his first post practice press conference of the young season. "It was a good starting point. There's a lot of work to do. We had so many guys here this summer that it's not really like Day 1 for most of them. It could always be a lot better but we're stronger, we're in good shape and it's just a good start point. There's a lot of work to do though.''
Expectations, especially internally, are high for an Indiana football team that will be looking for its first postseason bowl game since 2007. Prior to that IU hadn't played in a bowl game since 1993.
Most people point to an IU offense with 10 starters returning that could be extremely explosive. Wilson said a lot of the reason for IU's offensive success a year ago was because of recruiting on that side of the ball.
"It was just recruiting and numbers, and more depth,'' Wilson said. "And to me the depth isn't in case somebody gets hurt, the depth equals competition. You're fighting to get on the field. I think there are some receivers that are really good but the next guy is good, too. The quarterbacks and running backs are the same.
"Defensively, a lot of those guys are back and they're stronger. And some fringe guys that played last year are better and then you throw in all of those recruits. So the goal is maybe across the board there's more depth for competition. And I think because of the competition it's going to raise the expectations a little bit, too.''
Two-a-days begin on Wednesday
Wilson said the first big camp scrimmage day will be on Saturday, Aug. 10. In the mean time, he said the team will work on "situational deals" like they did during the first practice of the preseason on Friday.
"We'll have five practices which takes us through Tuesday,'' Wilson said. "Tuesday will be a full pad day. Then we'll have two (practices) on Wednesday, one on Thursday, two on Friday and then we'll have the scrimmage on Saturday night.
"We'll have three scrimmages all at different times. We'll have one at 6, one at Noon and one at 7 because those are our first three kickoff times. That gets the guys kind of used to that kind of a schedule, too.''
Littrell: "It was Day 1.''
Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell was asked about the quarterback situation and remarks that Wilson had made last week that Tre Roberson, Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld were in a dead heat coming out of the spring.
Littrell said it's way too early to even talk about quarterback observations.
"It was Day 1,'' LIttrell said. "We're so far away from that. Those guys were all competing. All three had some real nice plays. All three of them had some mistakes. I guarantee they all had some plays they wish they could have taken back. But that's how it's going to be. It's a matter of going out there on Day 1, how are you holding yourself, how are you presenting yourself, how are we working as a team, how much effort are we giving. How are we straining?
"That's what today is all about. It's not about plays.''
Asked what his own personal view on the quarterback position is and what he would like to see, Littrell was quick with a reply.
"I want someone to take it and be the man,'' Littrell said. "Step up and be the man.''
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