News and Notes From Day One Practice provides additional news, notes, quotes and observations about the Hoosiers' opening day of practice. Items include details of who is in the opening two-deep, who's competing in the the battle for the placekicking job, the freshmen, and much more.

- while there's plenty of attention on true freshmen such as Mandela Roberts, Cody Faulkner, Matt Mayberry and others, one newcomer who impressed in the early going was placekicker Nick Ford. The 5-9, 170-pound LaPorte native is battling with Austin Starr, Kevin Trulock and Michael Hines for the kicking job, and Ford was impressive Monday. He has a big leg, and was consistently converting field goals from outside of 40 yards. Based on the struggles the team had a year ago, Ford appears to have a very good chance of winning the job this fall.

On the subject of placekickers, Joe Kleinsmith didn't work out with the kickers, and it appears his move to cornerback is a permanent one.

- a couple of players who were out in the spring with knee injuries are back on the field and at full strength this fall. Safety Troy Grosfield is back and working with the No. 2s, while center Ben Wyss has returned as well and worked with both the No. 1 and No. 2 units. Long snapper Tim Bugg, who was also out this spring with a knee injury, was also back on the field.

- Offensive line figures to be a position where there's a lot of shuffling this fall, but IU opened camp with a No. 1 unit of Justin Frye at left tackle, Kyle Thomas at left guard, Chris Mangiero at center, Jonanthan Sandberg at right guard, and Scott Anderson at right tackle. The No. 2s, meanwhile, consisted of Matt Moses at left tackle, Kenny Love at left guard, Ben Wyss at center, Patrick Oldham at right guard and Chauncey Incarnato at right tackle.

"I was happy with the veteran linemen," Hoeppner said. "They are probably tired of hearing me talk about the seven blocks of granite. They probably want to show me they can play some football, too."

The slew of freshmen, meanwhile are still on the No. 3 unit. Rodger Saffold is working at left tackle, Pete Saxon at left guard, Cody Faulkner at right guard and Mike Stark at tackle.

Physically, the freshmen are an impressive group. Saxon and Faulkner, in particular, already have excellent size, as does Indianapolis' James Brewer, whose working at tackle.

- Matt Mayberry is a newcomer who will challenge for immediate playing time as well. The Darien, Ill., native is listed at 211 pounds, and is working out with the safeties. He'll likely get a long look at the third safety spot, where he'd play in the box as a second outside linebacker.

Physically, Mayberry is one of the most impressive newcomers on the roster.

- changes to the two-deep on the defensive line likely won't begin to become apparent until the team goes to full pads later this week and the units begin doing some 11-on-11 work. But for the opening day of practice, the No. 1 cornerbacks continued to by Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors, while the No. 1 safeties were Eric McClurg, Will Meyers and Austin Thomas. The No. 1 linebackers were Adam McClurg in the middle and Geno Johnson at an outside linebacker spot.

- one thing that pleased Hoeppner was the shape the team reported to camp in. He said that was true of not only the returnees, but the newcomers as well.

"I was impressed - the guys have put in a great winter, spring summer," Hoeppner said. "We haven't seen them since April 15 as a coaching staff. But the level of conditioning they reported back in, the energy, the effort, the competition we had, offense vs. defense, I was really pleased." Top Stories