Indiana football will open 2014 spring practice on Saturday. IU coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday roster updates. The roster consists of 63 scholarship athletes and 41 walk-ons. IU will practice 15 times, including the Cream & Crimson Spring Game, which is scheduled for April 12 at Memorial Stadium.
Earlier in the week, Wilson talked to members of the media about the upcoming spring workouts.
One point he made was that while the Hoosiers have several starters returning he would like to think that most starting spots are still up for grabs. He said the IU defense returns 10 starters but that's a little bit of a misleading statistic.
"Right now as we go in it's kind of like all battles are open,'' Wilson said. "I don't know if we have 10 starters back on defense. We have 10 guys who started games. But when your defense has played very poorly, I would like to think that all positions are open. They had better be. And some of those guys need to get out there and start playing better for us.''
Wilson said it's the same approach he has always had to spring football.
"There is no entitlement, no guarantees, we're going to practice hard, we're going to practice fair and now go earn your job,'' Wilson said. "Earn the right to play, earn the right to get the ball, earn the right to be on the field. You need to be a good team leader and a good teammate.''
As part of Friday's announcements, here are some of the individual names that Wilson singled out in a release put out by the school's media relations department.
Mid-Year Scholarship Enrollees (6) & Walk-Ons (3):
OL Delroy Baker - Ocala, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy
WR Dominique Booth - Indianapolis, Ind./Pike H.S.
QB Zander Diamont - Los Angeles, Calif./Venice H.S.
TE Jordan Fuchs - Queens, N.Y./Milford Academy
OL Tim Gardner - Indianapolis, Ind./Milford Academy
OL DeAndre Herron - Avon, Ind./Iowa Western C.C.
LB Danny Banks - Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South H.S.
LB Dylan Banks - Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South H.S.
DB Derek Driver - Bloomington, Ind./Edgewood H.S.
S Kris Smith - from linebacker
S Ty Smith - from wide receiver
OL Dan Feeney
WR Ricky Jones
DL Ryan Phillis - graduated, working as a student coach
DL Alex Todd – medical
CB Brian Williams – graduated
WR Anthony Young - concentrating on track
2014 Coaching Staff:
Kevin Wilson - Head Coach
Greg Frey - Co-Offensive Coordinator/OL
William Inge - Co-Defensive Coordinator/LB
Kevin Johns - Offensive Coordinator/QB
Noah Joseph - S/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator
Brian Knorr - Defensive Coordinator/DE & OLB
Deland McCullough - Running Backs
Larry McDaniel - Defensive Line
James Patton - TE & FB/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Shelby – Cornerbacks