Bloomington – Bill Lynch didn't get his way on Monday.
After some unseasonably warm and sunny weather during the opening week of spring practice, the temperatures dropped into the upper 40s on Monday. Couple that with a steady afternoon rain, and the Hoosiers fifth practice of the spring was also their first that had to be moved inside to the Mellencamp Pavilion.
"We'd much rather be outside," said Lynch after the team's 2 ½ hour practice.
While the team can find itself facing inclement weather on gamedays, the staff's focus isn't so much on teaching the players to deal with the elements as it is on getting as much instruction in as possible during the 15 spring practices.
"When you're trying to teach, it's not the best environment because guys are always looking up in the sky and wondering if lightning is coming and they want to keep moving," Lynch said. "but sometimes you need to stop and teach. (When the weather is bad) it's a better environment to do it inside."
One of the things that Indiana continues to teach this spring is the "Pistol" offensive package, and that was once again the case on Tuesday. While the Hoosiers are also utilizing the spread formation at times as well as lining up under center, the "Pistol" has been a formation that has been utilized frequently.
The creation of Nevada coach Chris Ault, the "Pistol" is a new wrinkle that IU has been working with in an effort to become more dangerous on offense.
"We're trying to be more multiple on offense, and we need to be," said Lynch.
One of the things that has appealed to the IU staff so much about the Pistol is the success that Nevada has had running out of the formation. The Wolfpack have piled up huge rushing totals offensively in recent years, including 277.8 yards/game last fall.
Lynch has also seen past foes such as Purdue and Ball State use it at times against IU in recent years, and he likes the additional options that it gives the running game.
"It's an off-shoot of the I-formation or the one-back offense where you're under center and the back can go either way," Lynch said. "That's versus the spread, where the back is always on one side, and you're somewhat limited in what you can do."
The idea of having a more potent running game is welcomed by quarterback Ben Chappell, who's now the team's No. 1 signal caller with the move of Kellen Lewis to wide receiver.
"It gives us a downhill running game," Chappell said. "It lets the back line up behind us, and gives them a little more downhill feel. Our linemen will be in a three-point stance, and that will let us run downhill a little bit more."
- RB Alex Hunt and K Kyler Scott have both left the IU football team. Scott was a walk-on who was competing for the kicking job this spring, while Hunt is a freshman scholarship running back who was redshirted in the fall.
- Justin Pagan is going to miss 10-14 days due to a cut/broken finger.
- Darius Willis will miss at least a week with a groin injury.
- WR Tyler Adetona (hamstring) and RB Zack Walker-Davis (knee) should both be back on the practice field shortly.
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