Hoosier Headlines for August 11, 2010: tragedy for an IU freshman, football practice begins, and basketball recruiting heats up.

  • Father of Indiana player killed in plane crash (chicagotribune.com)
    "Indiana tight end Paul Phillips has left campus to be with his family after his father was killed and one of his brothers survived the Alaskan plane crash that killed ex-U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens." Phillips is a freshman from Darnestown, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

  • Balanced offense key for Hoosiers (John Mutka:Post-Tribune)
    "Balance. That's what Indiana's offense needs. It's the party line, according to quarterback Ben Chappell and football coach Bill Lynch. Without it, the Hoosiers stumbled to a 4-8 record, their only Big Ten victory being against woeful Illinois. A consistent ground game might have reversed the accursed trend, but they relied too heavily on Chappell's right arm while piling up ifs, could-haves and buts against Michigan, Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State."

  • Team-by-team Big Ten notes on Terrelle Pryor, Joe Paterno and more (AnnArbor.com)
    "Quietly, Indiana has assembled perhaps the top receiving corps in the Big Ten. Juniors Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receiving yards last year. Fifth-year senior Terrance Turner had more catches (46) than Michigan’s leading receiver Roy Roundtree (32). And there’s a buzz circulating about redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson, a former high school long-jump champ." Big words from a Michigan media outlet.

    IU offense solid, defense uncertain (The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN)
    The question is who will step up on the Hoosiers’ defense to prevent points. "We have some unknown guys that some of our fans and even our opponents don’t know about (on defense)," IU coach Bill Lynch said after the first practice of the year Friday, "but there are some pretty good football players to go along with guys like Ben and Tandon and Damarlo and Darius."

  • Chappell the key for IU's offense (Evansville Courier & Press)
    "A lot of labels have been placed on Ben Chappell during the offseason. The Indiana University quarterback even likes hearing most of them: returning starter, fifth-year senior, grad student, crafty playmaker, All-Big Ten candidate. Then there’s this one: mistake-prone. Ben Chappell Ben Chappell Chappell is determined to shake that perception this football season as well as the one that suggests the Hoosiers don’t have enough talent and depth to win games in the Big Ten."

  • Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell can go out with a bang (The Courier-Journal)
    "We're counting on him being better," Lynch said. "You hear it said all the time, but the game has slowed down for him. I've watched him play since Day 1, and he's always been a talented guy. "But I could see in the spring when he'd come to the line of scrimmage — we do a lot of no-huddle things where he has to get the guys lined up — and he's in total control. He did it in the spring, and he did it today in practice."

  • 7-0 center chooses to play for Hoosiers (The Indianapolis Star)
    Mark Adams, one of Jurkin's summer coaches with Indiana Elite, said similarities between the three players [Jurkin, Tijan Jobe, and Bawa Muniru] end with geography. "There's no comparison,'' Adams said. "Tijan and Bawa had magnificent bodies. But Peter is at another level and he still has two years of high school basketball left to be played."

  • IU to play at Evansville in 2011 (The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN)
    "The Indiana men's basketball team will travel to Evansville for a game at the city's new downtown area in November 2011. The date is pending, according to a City of Evansville news release . The 290,000 square-foot arena is set to open in late 2011."

     

  • Indiana's coaches get good grades (The Indianapolis Star)
    "Crean had a 975 in 2008-09 and a perfect 1,000 in 2006-07, his next-to-last year at Marquette. His 975 followed an 811 in 2007-08 that was statistically attributable to predecessor Kelvin Sampson. The 811 also counts on Sampson's record."

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