Carr, Offensive stands out within the first IU scrimmage | Sports activities
BLOOMINGTON – Indiana’s first fall camp intra-squad football scrimmage revealed a highly charged misdemeanor and the emergence of the Southern California transfer bringing back Stephen Carr.
Indiana’s trainer Tom Allen said Monday the offense had the upper hand on Saturday when the first and second teams competed at Memorial Stadium.
“Probably the first time this has happened to a large number of games during the entire fall camp, so it was good to see,” said Allen. “I thought our defense responded very well to that (Monday) so it’s typical back and forth, but since we’re the first full scrimmage, it’s really most of the live tackling we’ve done. The tackle was okay, but it needs to get better, which is usually the case with the first. “
Allen said the strong offensive execution began with all three quarterbacks playing on the depths table. Starter Michael Penix Jr., backup Jack Tuttle, and freshman third stringer Donaven McCulley all took snaps in the scrimmage.
“That’s where it starts, just in terms of rhythm, throwing the ball on time and doing a good job of getting the ball to a lot of different guys,” Allen said. “To make that happen, I thought the offensive line did some good things. I thought they were physically on the offensive and we emphasized that. “
Penix hit a touchdown pass with junior wide receiver Miles Marshall during the scrimmage.
“I’m feeling fine,” said Penix, who is still well on his way to kicking off September 4th in Iowa after undergoing off-season knee surgery. “Lots of guys did plays. Personally, I’m doing really well up to the knee. I feel like I’m ready to play so I know I’ll be 100% ready to play by September 4th. “
Allen said the 6-foot-1,215-pound carr created some separation in the battle for position to start running back.
“It’s pretty obvious,” said Allen. “He’s got a good back and the thing about him is that he does a lot of things well. He can obviously play football, but he can pass well and he has really good hands and understands football, has played a lot of football and some guys have that talent for it. He must have done some good things. “
ELLIS, SIO OUT
Allen said second running back David Ellis sustained a lower leg injury in Saturday’s scrimmage and did not train on Monday.
“Don’t think it’s serious,” said Allen. “He could be out for a few days and (we will) monitor this, but I expect him to be back.”
Sio Nofoagatoto’a also had to suspend training on Monday with a slight injury.
“He should be back,” said Allen. “You are going to have people beat up in different situations, but I feel like we have a couple of people we had on Saturday before Saturday that we should hopefully bring back (Tuesday) which is good. It’s just an ongoing thing. That goes back in depth. When you have the depth and the ability to get through these guys, a workout or two or a week or whatever it is. “
IU RANKED NO.17
A week after ranking 17th in the trainer survey, IU was ranked 17th in the AP Top 25 on Monday.
“It’s a preseason poll, so it doesn’t say anything about the season, our performance or the results of the games,” said Allen. “But it is proof of where we stand as a program, I think, through the perception of those who make these decisions. For me, using this is ammunition for our team, just to be able to continue to block out the noise, the obviously positive noise, but still block it out. “
Dylan Sinn of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, who represents Indiana as an AP Top 25 voter and covers the Hoosiers, Purdue and Notre Dame, ranked IU 20th on his preseason ballot.
“Last year they had such a successful season that I thought they definitely deserved to be in the top 25, especially with Mike Penix and Ty Fryfogle,” said Sinn. “But obviously there are still serious questions about whether this team is maintaining the success it has had because it’s so new, especially after losing to a team (Ole Miss) with a number of good athletes in the Outback Bowl last year. “
DUAL THREAT OPTION
Everyone was asked if the 6-5, 215-pound Mcculley could possibly see the field in special situations this season based on his dual threat ability as a quarterback.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” said Allen. “I think he’s a talented guy. He weighs 215 pounds, you know, and he’s put on a lot this summer, and he’s still thin and slender and growing taller and has a lot of confidence in what he can do. You never know. We’ll see how we develop, but that will certainly be a possibility. “