I haven't had much to say about spring practice this year, but for those who are near Bloomington, the Cream and Crimson game is at noon tomorrow at Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 9:30, and the events begin with the return of the Pigskins and Pancakes breakfast (I would have called it #crockpotsaturday, but I don't get a vote).
I've always had a complicated relationship with spring practice and spring games. First, it seems like a gigantic tease. Really, we're not any closer to the next football season than we are to the last one. Second, it's always difficult to gauge progress of returning players and the quality of new players when it's simply IU against IU. Still, there are a few things to watch for if you attend the game (or if you watch it live online, or when it is aired on BTN on April 16 at 9 p.m.):
- Quarterback. How is Tre Roberson developing? Is juco transfer Cameron Coffman going to compete for the starting job?
- The defensive juco transfers. IU signed seven juco transfers, and other than the aforementioned Coffman, all were defensive players: linebackers Jacarri Alexander and David Cooper, lineman Justin Rayside, and defensive backs Antonio Marshall, Tregg Walters, and Ryan Thompson.
There are many other things, of course, but those are my main curiosities. As we all know, the defense last year wasn't conventionally bad. It was a disaster, and it will be interesting to see how they look.
Regardless, I'll have more to say about the spring game after the Monday night broadcast.