Indiana wraps up spring ball Tuesday, but the team held its annual spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The team split into two squads, Indiana and Hoosiers, and Hoosiers prevailed 27-24 following a late touchdown strike from Adam Follett to Leneil Himes.
Here's a snapshot of Indiana's spring game:
Quotable: "The quarterbacks look good when the guys around them make them look good. They look good when the protection is good, when the guys run the right routes, that kind of thing. But they're all four capable quarterbacks. And they're all in the mix." -- coach Kevin Wilson
Wilson has made it clear that the starting quarterback job will need to be earned over time, so there isn't an answer there after the spring game. Kiel led a 75-yard drive early in the game and capped it with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Hughes, who has had an excellent spring. Kiel also completed a 52-yards pass to Duwyce Wilson and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Damarlo Belcher, and led scoring drives of 93 and 68 yards. Edward Wright-Baker tossed a 41-yard touchdown to Dre Muhammad in the first quarter. Kiel completed 14 of 27 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game, while Wright-Baker hit on 8 of 10 passes for 82 yards and a score. Follett went 6-for-9 for 74 yards, and Teddy Schell went 2-for-7 with a 13-yard rushing touchdown. I give Kiel a slight edge right now, but there's a long way to go.
Indiana needs more playmakers on defense, and it might have found some at the cornerback position. Greg Heban, who came on strong at the end of last season, broke up two Kiel passes early on and then made a diving interception. Sophomore Lawrence Barnett had a pick-six off of a deflected pass and also recorded a pass breakup. "He's had a productive spring for us," co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory told The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Very few starting positions are safe right now, and the offensive line is one area that likely will feature several young players in key roles. Redshirt freshman Cody Evers worked as the first-team right guard Saturday and Ralston Evans, an early enrollee, was the first-team left guard. "I don’t think they've been here long enough to know how to play soft yet," Wilson said. "They actually play hard. We're just rewarding those guys for playing hard."