Bill Lynch announced on Monday that Ben Chappell, who started several games last season, will be the starting quarterback. Redshirt freshman Adam Follett and redshirt sophomore Teddy Schell will gets some reps at quarterback as well. Kellen Lewis, IU's all-time leader in touchdown passes, one of only seven quarterbacks to start a bowl game for IU, will be a wide receiver, although he surely will be involved in some trickery related to his passing ability.
While the move may be designed to end a quarterback controversy, that controversy will likely rage for months, particularly if IU has a bad start. This is eerily reminiscent of Cam Cameron's decision to start Tommy Jones in the opening game of 2001 with Antwaan Randle El as a WR/gimmick. The game (a nationally televised ESPN Thursday night game at NC State) was a disaster, Lee Corso staged an on-air intervention targeted at his former player Cameron, and Randle El was back at QB the next week. Unfortunately, Randle-El was weeks behind, and IU dropped a home game to Utah before righting the ship and finishing 4-4 in the Big Ten, but out of the bowl picture because of the 1-2 nonconference record.
"The biggest difference in our offense is that we're going to be more of a downhill running football team," Lynch said. "I think that fits us better if Kellen isn't back there at quarterback."