Quarterback - There was some thought that the quarterback position would be open this fall after Blake Powers struggles in the second half of the '05 season, but the 6-4, 220-pound junior solidified his status as the No. 1 with a strong spring. He's back that up this fall, and the question now is who the team's No. 2 will be. Fifth-year senior Graeme McFarland brings experience and sound decision-making, while redshirt freshman Kellen Lewis brings big-play possibilities. McFarland has consistently been the No. 2 in practice, but Lewis' showing in Saturday's scrimmage (9-of-15, 92 yards, 2 TDs; 3 rushes, 23 yards) helped him close the gap substantially. With plenty of questions remaining about the IU offensive line as well, Lewis' elusiveness and ability to improvise might make him the second quarterback the team turns to this fall.
Starter – Blake Powers
Keep an eye on: Kellen Lewis. The only thing holding him back is experience and decision-making. But he's improving in that area, and his ability to make something out of nothing makes him a tough player to keep on the sidelines.
Running Back – Demetrius McCray is probably the best tailback on the roster, but his availability seems very much in question. He's been sidelined for a week while trying to clear up an "academic issue," leaving sophomore Marcus Thigpen as the team's No. 1. Thigpen struggled in Saturday's scrimmage, gaining zero yards on three carries. To his defense, though, none of the Hoosier tailbacks had much success on Saturday. Bryan Payton and Josiah Sears are also in the picture, although they may be used more in short-yardage situations. If McCray can get his issue sorted out and get back on the field, he'll likely wind up being the No. 1 and the team's primary ball carrier. If he can't, Indiana may have to rely on the short passing game as a pseudo running attack.
Starter: Demetrius McCray
Keep an eye on: Bryan Payton. Depending on what unfolds with McCray, Payton could get more carries as the year goes on. He might be the team's best between-the-tackles runner, which could be important as the line has yet to show it can hold its blocks long enough for the tailback to get outside.
Wide Receiver – Three spots appear to be pretty well locked up. James Hardy, James Bailey and Jahkeen Gilmore have separated themselves and are clearly the team's top three wideouts. Gilmore is a tough, physical wideout that can catch the ball over the middle, while Hardy is a huge target who has a flair for the dramatic downfield. Bailey, meanwhile, is a combination of those two and could be poised for a big sophomore season. While three wideouts might be all a lot of teams would rely on, Indiana will likely go five or six deep this season. IU will use plenty of three wide receiver sets and will also go four wide just about as often as the offensive line allows it. Nick Polk appears to be the fourth wideout on the depth chart right now, followed closely by Brandon Walker-Roby. Polk has good hands while Walker-Roby has great speed. Andrew Means is another big, physical wideout who has impressed this fall, and he might be next in line.
Starters – James Hardy, James Bailey, Jahkeen Gilmore, Nick Polk
Keep an eye on: Chris Banks. He didn't do much in the scrimmage, but he's a gifted athlete who can go up and come down with jump balls against corners.
Offensive Line – With the season-opener less than two weeks away, IU has likely tinkered with the No. 1 unit for the final time before the season gets underway. That means IU will likely line up with Justin Frye at left tackle, Kyle Thomas at left guard, Chris Mangiero at center, Jonathan Sandberg at right guard, Charlie Emerson at right tackle and Matt O'Neal at tight end. Four of those five have been with the No. 1s all fall, with the converted defensive end Emerson as the new addition. Chemistry is an important ingredient for an offensive line, so don't expect any more chances – barring an injury – for the remainder of camp. The second unit, meanwhile, consists of Chauncey Incarnato at right tackle, Cody Faulkner at right guard, Ben Wyss at center, Pete Saxon at left guard, Scott Anderson at left tackle and either Nick Sexton or Troy Wagner at tight end. Incarnato has been battling an ankle injury, but should be a contributor this fall. Faulkner figures to play quite a bit as well, and could eventually wrestle the starting spot away from Sandberg. Saxon will also likely contribute, making them the only two true freshmen to play on the offensive line. The only other player who could wind up playing is Mike Stark, who has seen plenty of snaps on the second unit at right tackle. Unlike Faulkner and Saxon, though, Stark really needs the year in the weight room before he's ready.
Starters (left to right): Justin Frye, Kyle Thomas, Chris Mangiero, Jonathan Sandberg, Charlie Emerson
Keep an eye on: Cody Faulkner. IU offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has raved about the freshman's ability to grasp what he is doing at such a young age. Combine that with his physical size (6-4, 315) and strength, and he'll be difficult to keep off the field.
Two-Deep Breakdown - Offense
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