- While there's plenty of experience coming back at quarterback and wide receiver, there are a handful of positions where the staff will likely be relying on some youngsters for big contributions as well. One of those players that could very well contribute is Matt Mayberry, one of the Hoosiers' top recruits in the '06 class. Mayberry is playing the third safety spot, or "Buck" position, where he'll line up at an outside linebacker spot, but also drop back into pass coverage.
Like the rest of the freshman class, Mayberry is adjusting to the college game as well as picking up the Hoosiers' schemes.
"It's a lot different from high school, a lot quicker, a lot faster," Mayberry said. "You get a lot more thrown at you. You get a lot of plays thrown at you, you have to remember a lot of stuff. Other than that, it's going pretty good, but slowly.
"The coaches said to be patient, and it will take a little time to adjust."
- The squad concluded practice with some field goal work from kickers Nick Ford, Kevin Trulock, Austin Starr, and Michael Hines. The quartet is battling for a position that is very much wide open this fall.
In an effort to make the late kicks more difficult, the staff had the defense as well as the support staff making as much noise as possible during the kicks, which initially came from 30 yards out on the left hashmark, and then eventually moving out to the 35-yard line on the right hashmark.
After each kicker converted from 30, the quartet combined to go 3-of-5 from 35. Hines and Trulock both made their attempts, while Ford's kick missed wide right. Starr, meanwhile, went 1-of-2 from 35.
Earlier in practice, the kickers combined to go 9-of-9 on PATs.
- While the placekicking job is unsettled, the staff is also looking for some players to contribute on the return game as well. Senior Lance Bennett figures to be the team's punt returner again this season, and he was being backed up by Tracy Porter on Tuesday. As for the kickoff return, one intriguing possibility to keep an eye on is freshman Ray Fisher. He's extremely quick and dangerous in the open field.
- While there haven't been any position changes on the official IU roster, Isaac Price was working with the defensive linemen Tuesday. The 6-1, 235-pound Price began his IU career as a safety before moving to linebacker…freshman offensive lineman Jarrod Smith appears to be settling in at center, where the left-hander worked with the No. 3 unit….with only eight linebackers working out with position coach George Ricumstrict, there's likely a good chance Mandela Roberts and/or Will Patterson will have a chance to compete for playing time on defense and on special teams. Both have plenty of speed, and Patterson added nearly 20 pounds from what he was listed at when he first signed with the Hoosiers in February...even though Blake Powers is the projected starter, there's a very good chance IU will try to figure out a way to get Kellen Lewis on the field this season for some snaps as well. He's tremendous athlete who can elude pass rushers and make positive yards out of nothing…a pair of players wearing No. 86 came up with some acrobatic catches during 7-on-7 work. Not only did Paul Haan make a diving goal line catch, but true freshman Brad Martin also had a couple of nice catches as well…another freshman who made some plays was Aaron Burks. Burks was physical in his coverage and had a couple of nice break-ups as well….there's been no shuffling on the depth chart with the offensive or defensive lines, but Sean Edmundson did get some reps Tuesday with the No. 2 unit at left guard.
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