Teddy Schell likes what he saw from Indiana this fall.
The Indiana-bound quarterback from Barrington (Ill.) H.S., who was in town for his official visit last weekend, found the time watch a handful of the Hoosiers games this fall from his suburban Chicago home. And what he witnessed was a trend with the IU offense.
“You watch Indiana play, and you’re always seeing wide receivers that are wide open,” Schell said. “And that’s a quarterback’s dream - to be able to scheme wide receivers that are open and you can get them the ball – that’s your job.”
That will be Schell’s job once he arrives at IU in the fall. The 6-5, 205-pounder committed to Indiana in September, picking IU over Rutgers, Kansas State and Northern Illinois, among others. He’ll be joining a stable of scholarship quarterbacks that includes sophomore Kellen Lewis, redshirt freshman Ben Chappell, and fellow freshman Brett Hagerup.
He knows there’s plenty of talent on the IU roster at his position, but he’s looking forward to the opportunity to compete.
“They have Kellen Lewis, who is one of the better quarterbacks I’ve seen,” Schell said. “Then behind him they have Ben Chappell, who redshirted this year, and he’s a heck of a quarterback. And they have (walk-on Dustin) Haas, who is a great guy.
“I’m coming in as a freshman, and I’m going to have to work my way up the ladder. There are no guarantees. They aren’t going to make any promises, and I’m going to have to earn my spot. I hope to come in and work for hopefully third string or around there and go from there and just try to be the best quarterback I can for Indiana.”
Schell was hosted by Chappell during his official visit, which gave him another opportunity to tour IU’s athletic and academic facilities, meet some of his future teammates and sit down with the Hoosier coaching staff. IU quarterbacks coach Matt Canada also gave Schell a brief look at what’s ahead for him once he puts on an IU uniform.
“For the most part, (the official visit is) getting to know the people,” Schell said. “We had about a 45-minute to hour meeting with the quarterbacks. There we talked a little Xs and Os, just real basic, basic formations, basic reads you’d have to make. Just kind of showing you the ropes a little, a taste of what you’re getting into.”
Schell thinks he’s getting into something special with the IU program. First of all, Indiana is coming off a 5-6 season that nearly culminated with the program’s first bowl bid since 1993. While that didn’t happen, a bowl trip in 2007 appears to be a very real possibility with a team that returns virtually in tact from 2006.
“Watching the Iowa and Michigan State games, you see the kind of potential the players have and the coaches have with the players,” Schell said. “I think the sky is the limit. There are so many players coming back. As disappointing as it was for the seniors to not get to a bowl game, it’s really only up from here.”
He’s also looking forward to playing for IU Coach Terry Hoeppner.
“He’s really just a normal guy,” Schell said. “He’s the kind of coach you want to lay it on the line for. He’s very personable. He doesn’t act like he’s above you, he treats you like a peer. Obviously he wants to be treated with respect, but he treats you like someone you’d want to play for.”
Schell will also be arriving on IU’s campus as the program begins work on a $25 million renovation of Memorial Stadium that will include enclosing the north end of the stadium and adding a variety of amenities including office space and a new weight room.
“They showed us a powerpoint of all the plans, and it’s an incredibly impressive building,” Schell said. “It’s one of the more beautiful stadiums I’ve seen when it’s all said and done. And the facilities are going to be second to none. They’re talking about one of the largest if not the largest weight room in the country. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.
“I can’t see how any kid wouldn’t want to play in that sort of facility.”