Written By Sammy Jacobs
As the rain fell on the practice turf outside of Memorial Stadium the Indiana Hoosiers were out in full force in their first practice after Saturday's scrimmage. Coach Wilson wanted to see how his team handled playing with a wet ball in preparation for a trip to south Florida for the opener against FIU. It's Florida, in september, it's probably going to rain. As expected with any team playing in a rain that was heavy at times, the play was sloppy. However, the value wasn't lost in trying to gear up for foul weather.
Indiana also finds themselves much closer to naming a starting quarterback for the opener. After practice Wilson said, "Lagow has gotten the bulk of the work" as the junior college transfer spent most of his time lining up with the first team offense. Wilson went on to say that if they were to play today, Lagow would get the nod. Lagow has looked like the quarterback with the most potential. He has shown the ability to hit the deep pass and make check downs to other receivers when routes are covered. He seems much more comfortable running the offense and making calls at the line. Lagow still needs to be more consistent throwing the ball as he has had trouble with balls sailing on him at times, but overall he has been the best QB in camp.
Danny Cameron is the likely backup as Wilson said, "Danny was probably the most consistent as the backup." Cameron has looked sharp during camp and would provide a steady hand incase something happens with Lagow. Wilson has also been impressed with redshirt freshman Austin King saying "King has shown a lot of talent and a little bit more focus."
The battle seemed to be between junior Zander Diamont and Lagow, but Zander fell behind as he "was a little...greedy, causualy" Wilson said. Give Zander his due though because after the initial criticism of the quarterback Wilson added that, "(he's) come back and had the best three days of anybody."
While he did not announce his opening night starter, Wilson has made it clear through the reps given to Lagow over the last couple of practices and with his statements on Monday, that Richard Lagow, right now has the upper hand for the job.
Other Practice Notes
- Wide Receiver J-Shun Harris will miss the year with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury in the scrimmage on Saturday to his other knee. Harris missed all of 2015 with an ACL injury as well.
- Defensive lineman Robert McCray has suffered a shoulder injury that will require surgery and keep him out of the lineup for at least half the season.