IU Football Update: Friday, August 15

Friday was one of IU's two-a-day practice days in the hot sun in Bloomington but there was no availability to players. Here's some left over stuff from the last few days of practice.

Indiana football practice continued Friday with two practices, both that were closed to the media.

Saturday’s practice is also closed but media will have availability with IU players following the workout.

Here are some left over interviews from Thursday afternoon’s availability.

One of those interviewed was redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Dan Feeney who had a tough 2013 season. As a freshman the year before, Feeney started all 12 games and was considered one of IU’s top linemen coming back last season. But in last year’s preseason camp, Feeney went down with a foot injury that cost him the entire season.

He received a medical redshirt and is back strong and ready to go this season. He’s listed on the preseason depth chart as the starter at right guard.

“Things are good,’’ Feeney said. “I’m knocking the rust off. I had a year off. It stinks but it happened. I feel like I’m good against the defense but now the athletic part has to come. I just have to get used to pushing off my foot again. But I’m all right though.’’

One thing IU’s offensive line has plenty of is experience. AllHoosiers.com staff writer Sam Rumpza wrote about that today in an interview he had with Bernard Taylor and Peyton Eckert. Feeney said the Hoosiers now need to take the next step beyond that experience.

“Everybody has experience but now we’re just trying to get experience like next to different guys,’’ Feeney said. “That way everybody can roll. But we’ve got eight or nine experienced guys, now we just have get experience with different guys at different positions so we’re not on different levels.’’

Most of all Feeney said he can’t be any more ready than to get back on the football field and play in games again.

“I’m definitely I’m ready to get back on the field again,’’ Feeney said. “It has been too long.’’

A defensive player that talked this week was Clyde Newton. Newton is listed as the backup to Forisse Hardin at one of the linebacker spots.

Newton said he feels like the defense has many big improvements over last season.

“I think it has been my pursuit to the ball, assignments and our D-line is getting a lot of pressure and getting the quarterbacks moving,’’ Newton said. “That gives us time to make interceptions and to put pressure on the quarterback, too.’’

Newton said as a true sophomore this season he feels quite a bit ahead of where he was this time last year.

“I feel like I’m a big step ahead of last year,’’ Newton said. “I can come in and feel more comfortable now. I don’t have to think as fast anymore. I’m moving way faster. It’s just like things are coming a lot easier now.’’

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