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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Fresh faces: Indiana

By Adam Rittenberg

The fresh faces series marches on with Indiana, as we take a look at three players pegged to take on bigger roles this season. These are incoming freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers or returnees who should see their playing time increase when the games begin.

OFFENSE: Kofi Hughes, WR, sophomore, 6-2, 205

Hughes really impressed me during a practice this spring, making several big plays for a fast-paced IU offense. One of only two true freshmen to see the field in 2010, Hughes recorded seven receptions for 47 yards, number that should increase substantially this season. The former high school quarterback brings good speed to a receiving corps that already has plenty of size with Damarlo Belcher and Duwyce Wilson. Hughes will give Indiana's new starting quarterback another dynamic option in the passing game.

DEFENSE: Lawrence Barnett, CB, sophomore, 5-10, 191

Barnett moved from safety to cornerback during spring ball and had an impressive session, recording a pick-six in the spring game and making plays in other scrimmages. He appeared in nine games last fall, recording five tackles, but some wondered why he didn't play more as Indiana once again struggled to defend the pass. Indiana returns only one starter in the secondary (safety Donnell Jones), so Barnett should have a much bigger role this fall.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Adam Pines, P, junior, 6-0, 184

Pines handled the punting duties in Indiana's final four games of 2010 and averaged 40.2 yards on 12 attempts, but his role will grow this season following the offseason departure of Chris Hagerup. Pines placed three attempts inside the opponents' 20-yard line last season and showed a decent leg with several punts of 40 yards or longer.

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