Thursday Fall Camp Practice Report

Bloomington, Ind. – It was another day of 90-plus degree temperatures at the IU practice fields, as the Hoosiers held their fourth practice of fall camp. Thursday's session was the last day in "shells," as the team will go to full pads Friday. Among the noteworthy items Thursday was another injury that could lead to some shuffling on the two-deep...

Bloomington, Ind. – It was another day of 90-plus degree temperatures at the IU practice fields, as the Hoosiers held their fourth practice of fall camp. Thursday's session was the last day in "shells," as the team will go to full pads Friday. The first day of full contact, though, won't come until Saturday, which is also the team's first two-a-day practice.

Here's a closer look at some of the highlights from Thursday's practice…

- for the second time this week, the Hoosiers have lost their second-string left tackle.

At the start of camp, the Hoosiers were without James Brewer, who underwent foot surgery Tuesday and is out indefinitely. On Thursday, Brewer's replacement on the No. 2 unit, Kenny Love, went down with a left ankle injury. The extent of Love's injury is unclear, but he was helped off the field and carted away the medical staff.

By the end of practice Wednesday, Kyle Thomas had moved from guard to left tackle on the No. 2 unit. Thomas has experience playing the position, as he spent the spring of 2006 at left tackle before moving to guard.

Love is one of three players who missed some practice time Thursday due to injury. Also sidelined were J.T. Owens (foot) and Nick Polk (hamstring). Both Owens and Polk are day-to-day.

- there were some new faces on the No. 2 unit Thursday not only because of the injuries, but also due to a handful of players missing a portion of practice due to summer school final exams. Second summer session concludes Friday, so players enrolled in school are taking finals Thursday and Friday. Among those who were absent for at least a portion of Thursday's practice were Will Patterson, Mike Stark and Teddy Schell.

Those absences did lead to a couple of players getting some extra reps with the No. 1 and No. 2 units. Justin Carrington filled in for Patterson during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 at outside linebacker, which subsequently freed up an opportunity for true freshman Dane Conwell to work with the No. 2s. Joe Kleinsmith, meanwhile, continues to fill in for Polk on the No. 1 unit at free safety. Brandon Mosley and Bruce Hampton were working with the No. 2s at safety.

- we've touched on the punting battle in each of the first couple of reports, and it continues to be a competition that appears to be dominated by Michael Hines. Hines has been steady throughout fall camp, and had a 55-yarder during punt return drills Thursday. Chris Hagerup continues to struggle, and those are the only two players jockeying for the punting job.

- Thursday was a day that appeared to be a pretty good one for the defense. During 7-on-7 drills, No. 1 quarterback Kellen Lewis was 9-of-14 passing, but had balls picked off by both Adam McClurg and Major Ramsey. Ben Chappell was 10-of-14, often throwing to Collin Taylor on underneath routes. Nick Sexton nearly had a diving catch along the sideline late in 7-on-7s, but had the ball jarred free on a hit by Rayshun Calhoun.

It was more of the same during 11-on-11s. The opening play of the series with the No. 1s resulted in a coverage sack for the defense, and on the second play Porter locked up James Hardy on a deep throw to the corner of the end zone and Lewis' pass fell incomplete. Lewis did finish 6-of-9 passing during 11-on-11s, while Chappell was a perfect 6-of-6. While the percentages were good for the quarterbacks, the defense didn't give up many big plays, they put some pressure on the quarterbacks and had plenty of energy.

The offense did have a big play to end 11-on-11 work, though. Lewis sailed a pass high in the direction of James Bailey, who went up for an acrobatic catch and then raced into the end zone to cap the 11-on-11 session.

- at cornerback, the staff has been very happy with the play of both Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors. Chris Phillips is the clear No. 3 right now, while Richard Council and Adrian Burks are jockeying for the No. 4 cornerback spot.

- Tyler Replogle is a player to keep an eye on. He's a true freshman middle linebacker who's No. 3 on the depth chart behind McClurg and Matt Mayberry. While his opportunity might not come this year, he's a physical player, takes command of the defense when he's on the field, and was one of the top finishers in his group each time during the team's six sets of 100-yard sprints, which ended practice today.

Speaking of the sprints, the team wrapped up the 2 hour, 45-minute practice by running six sets of 100-yard sprints. The team was broken into three groups, and ran six sets. Among the top performers in each of the groups were James Bailey and Tracy Porter in the first group (primarily made up of skill position players and defensive backs); Tyler Replogle and Michael Hines in the second group (linebackers, tight ends, specialists); and Rodger Saffold and Kyle Thomas in the third group (linemen). Top Stories