FALL CAMP: Friday Practice Report

Bloomington – It's five days down for the IU football team, which practiced in full pads for the first time Friday afternoon at the IU practice fields. Friday's 2 ½-hour session wrapped up the five-day "acclimation period" for nearly all 105 of Coach Bill Lynch's players, which frees the team up to have its first two-a-day on Saturday.

Bloomington – It's five days down for the IU football team, which practiced in full pads for the first time Friday afternoon at the IU practice fields. Friday's 2 ½-hour session wrapped up the five-day "acclimation period" for nearly all 105 of Coach Bill Lynch's players, which frees the team up to have its first two-a-day on Saturday.

Among the noteworthy items Friday and other football notes…

The conventional wisdom was that Jerimy Finch's appeal for a waiver to play this year wouldn't have much of a chance to be approved by the NCAA. But I've talked to a couple of people close to the situation who think the 6'1", 215-pound safety has a fighting chance to be granted permission to play this season.

Indiana A.D. Rick Greenspan told the Indianapolis Star earlier this week that the NCAA would issue its ruling within 10 days, which means the IU staff should know whether or not Finch will be eligible to play by the end of next week.

Lynch was non-committal Thursday when asked whether he's planning on being with or without Finch this fall, but there are subtle hints that he's preparing for the possibility that he might play. During punt return drills Finch, Ray Fisher and Nick Polk are the trio of players fielding the kicks, and it's unlikely IU would be looking at a player there who had no chance of playing this fall.

Finch also got some reps with the No. 2 defense on Thursday, again a suggestion that it's within the realm of possibility that Finch could be playing this fall. It wouldn't serve much of a purpose to have a player working with the No. 2 defense – a group of players who figure to get snaps this season – who was going to be on the sidelines when the season gets underway.

Finch didn't work with the No. 2s Friday because he was only allowed to be in shoulder pads while the rest of the team was in full pads. Finch missed Monday's practice, which has him one day behind the rest of the day in regards to the acclimation period. Finch will be in full pads Saturday, but will be allowed to participate in only one of the two practices.

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IU co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic has been a man of his word, giving different cornerbacks an opportunity to play with the No. 1 unit each day. On Friday it was Donnell Jones and Chris Phillips who worked with the starters.

While it was Jones' day to perform with the No. 1 unit, Richard Council was the cornerback who came up with a couple of big plays Friday afternoon. During 7-on-7 drills Council stepped in front of a Mitchell Evans pass for an interception, and then nearly had a second pick later during 11-on-11 work.

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The rotation remains the same with the quarterbacks, as Ben Chappell is the first man on the field to work with the No. 1s, followed by Mitchell Evans with the No. 2s and then Kellen Lewis gets his opportunity with the No. 1 unit. Redshirt freshman Teddy Schell and true freshman Adam Follett then each get opportunities to lead the No. 3 unit.

During 7-on-7s Chappell was 6-of-10, Evans was 4-of-8, Lewis was 5-of-6, Schell was 1-of-3 and Follett was 0-for-2. Chappell hooked up with both Terrance Turner and Andrew Means for a couple of completions apiece, while three of Lewis' completions went to Turner, whose moved into the starting lineup in place of James Hardy. Evans, meanwhile, had a pair of completions to freshman Tandon Doss and two more to redshirt freshman Matt Ernest.

Follett was 0-for-2 on his throws during 7-on-7, but probably had the most entertaining throw of the day. He overthrew a receiver on a sideline route, and the ball hit IU Athletics Department cameraman Glenn Hicks on the foot while he was filming the action. The ball popped straight up in the air and Hicks didn't miss a beat, as he continued to record the action.

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Lewis and Chappell were also sharp during the day's final 11-on-11 session, with each completing 3-of-4 passes. Chappell connected with tight end Max Dedmond on a drag route that went for a touchdown. His one incompletion, meanwhile, was a near interception for linebacker Will Patterson. Lewis, meanwhile, hooked up with Fisher for a couple of completions and Means for another nice gain.

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In case anyone was wondering who the two most vocal players are on any given day at the IU practice fields, it's undoubtedly junior wide receiver Ray Fisher on offense and senior cornerback Chris Phillips on defense.

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