Football Friday: Indiana
On Friday, HQ's Illini beat writer Bob Asmussen will offer his take on spring football at the other 10 Big Ten schools — one per hour.
It's 7 a.m., so let's get started.
Spring game attendance: 3,500
Spring MVP: James Brewer. Not often that you pick a right offensive tackle as an MVP of anything. But Brewer played great throughout the session and solidified the position. Indiana welcomes back its entire offensive line in 2009, which should be a huge help as it looks for help at running back and receiver.
What they're saying: "My brain feels good. Which is a good thing because I needed to be thinking out there about not allowing myself to get hurt. The most important thing I can do is get healthy and then everything else will take care of itself." - Indiana tailback Darius Willis told the Indianapolis Star after gaining 80 yards in the spring game. Willis has dealt with a string of injuries.
What I'm thinking: That a bunch of Big Ten defensive coordinators are thrilled that they won't have to deal with Kellen Lewis. While the Indiana coaches had moved Lewis to receiver, some in the league expected Lewis to return to quarterback during the season. And they didn't like the idea having to prepare for him. With Lewis kicked off the team for a violation of unspecified teams rules, the Big Ten defensive coordinators can relax a bit. Ben Chappell might end up being a much better passer than Lewis, but he isn't as much of an offensive threat as Lewis, who could beat teams with his legs and his arm. You might hear the term "addition by subtraction" applied in the Lewis case. We'll see.
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