It's game week and today's practice recap is a few notebook items gathered from talking to Indiana assistant coaches Sunday following the teams' practice.
Offensive line coach Greg Frey was asked about the competition to replace starting right guard Dan Feeney, who was lost for the season last week after suffering a foot injury. Feeney, who started all 12 games last season as a freshman, will take this season as his redshirt year and have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014 season.
"It's everybody and to be quite honest with you we don't actually name starters until the actual first play of the game,'' Frey said. "All through camp and the spring there's guys that come out and run with the No. 1 group and the No. 2 group but we're rolling a lot of people in there. ‘'
"It's one of those things where we're really trying a bunch of people out, seeing what works, seeing where it's going and we'll sort of figure out who is the guy on Thursday,'' Frey said.
I said to coach Frey that Indiana clearly has a lot of bodies on the offensive line, but my question was if it was just that or if the Hoosiers had good depth up front.
"We don't know,'' Frey said. "Until Thursday we're not real sure.''
IU BANGED UP ON DEFENSIVE FRONT
Defensive ends coach Jon Fabris said that Indiana is really beat up on the defensive line and eluded to the fact that some people wouldn't be able to play against Indiana State.
But that was as far as he was willing to go. No names were provided.
"Unfortunately we have too many people who are hurt and won't play at all and others who are beat up,'' Fabris said. "It's not what you want. With football it's the kind of thing you would expect at the end of the season. Not before you've played your first game.''
Fabris gave the impression that IU will be playing a lot of young players on Thursday night.
"Many of these guys haven't been in a college game in their lives,'' Fabris said. "There's way too many of those guys who are going to be playing. But that's just the way that it is.''
THOUGHTS ON Bobby Richardson AT DT
Fabris was asked about the decision to move Richardson inside to defensive tackle. The former defensive end has been playing inside a lot during this camp.
He sounded surprised by the question. "How do you know that?'' Fabris asked the reporter.
"He was listed as a starting DT on the depth chart,'' was the reply.
"He's playing all over,'' Fabris said. "We're so thin and inexperienced we have to be all over the place. Players have to be football players and not ends or tackles. They have to be able to play either position.''
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