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    Default U Indy 2018

    My comments from the spring game and camp:

    The Good

    1. Some of the big pieces were there. Lacy and both RBs. Although one RB didn't play he still looked healthy. Looks like only a couple of the redshirt juniors are planning to graduate. Also Benjamin Goins from Benjamin Davis High came home to Indy to join the team. He's a difference maker that they can use.

    2. Personnel-wise WR Robinson is a great target if he can put on some weight and still keep the jets. Also, looks like they found a punter. Looking good at LB so moving one to H-back was smart.

    3. The crowd and support was great. Students walking to and fro the game like it was Big 10 Michigan or State. Nice atmosphere.

    The Bad

    1. Not sure how they can go another year without a major stadium updating for the good crowds they get. I haven't noticed much change over ten years other than some landscaping and turf replacement. Hate the soccer lines on the field especially the penalty kick yellow spot and all the extra lines are an eye sore.

    2. The two young I guys I was mainly looking forward to were on crutches. WR Topper and the 2nd year OL from Fishers High Bernhardt. Both can make an impact this year but not sure now. Heard one of the inside LBs and another OL "out with surgery" but expected back by Grand Valley. I've heard private school coaches (at Ashland, U Indy, McKendree) say a private can win a natty if they stay injury free. U Indy schedule is tough at the beginning (and end).

    3. The weather hasn't cooperated this year. They looked a bit rusty at times. Especially the passing game.

    The Ugly

    1. I hate the new field across the street from the stadium. No track around it. No seating. And a fence right up to the sidelines with no padding on it.

    2. Too many unproven redshirt frosh and sophomores in big roles on this team! They lost about 20 seniors from last year and they replace them with young guys.

    3. There still isn't enough turf inside the dome. They needed it this spring. What is the delay???

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    For 2018 U Indy needs to replace a lot:

    -a four year starter at DE
    -a OT signed by Tampa Buccaneers a couple weeks ago
    -four year starter at OG was a 6 year guy/med red & frosh redshirt
    -a deep threat WR and posts over the middle guy
    -three DBs including the big run stopper
    -a four year starter at HBack
    -a RB with the career rushing TD record
    -a different RB with the KO return yards record
    -a P/PK twice on the Fred Mitchel Award List

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    In case anyones out there here's my annual roster weight check.

    Guys I'd put bulk on: Should be noted last year I'd have Ruben Holcomb lose 15 lbs and he ended up signing with Tampa Bay Bucs!

    -DB Juice Williams 20 lbs of good weight on and he's an all american candidate
    -WR Malik Higgins 10 more lbs and he doesn't get pushed out of bounce after catches
    -PR Daveon Bell 20 lbs and he shakes, bakes, and BREAKS tackles
    -WR Maurice Robinson 20 lbs and he goes up and wrestles balls away from DBs
    -FS Blake Luker 10 lbs to add physicality to his smarts
    -Hback Matt Thompson 20 lbs fits nice into his new role
    -LB Joe Lambright 10 lbs and he fights off blocks better
    -DE Jacob Schmatz 15 lbs and he'll need double teamed
    -OL Dan McHale 15 lbs and he'll be in his prime
    -OL Charlie Bernhardt 25-30 lbs to be a starter
    -OL Clay Hadley 20 lbs to be OL instead of H-Back size
    -TE Collins Timmons 30 lbs to be TE sized
    -DE Alec Patch 20-30 lbs after time off last season
    -DE Bryce Edwards 30 lbs to work his way into a starter
    -DL Erik Hart 20 lbs to plug up the middle better
    -DL Rondell Weather see above 20 lbs or more
    -DE Trent Dardeen 20 lbs to work his way into a starter

    Only guy I'd thin down is OL Kyle Ball 10-15 lbs or more depending on his weight after a year off.
    *my list based on Bart's 2018 Spring roster weights

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    My comments on the first game:

    Thought Grand Valley looked really good. D was quick. Great DL depth and the OL solid at every position. The "returning from injury" OL and Michigan transfer OL are two nice additions. Last year I remember it was U Indy with the dominating OL. On the DL for GV it was either the N Illinois or E Michigan transfer with a BIG motor. Both QBs didn't have gave good games. GV Williams was erratic and U Indy Purichia didn't work magic like he does. Big talent was Chawntez Moss with forward lean and hit the holes at full speed. He left D1 Pitt because of a suspension and later dismissed from their team and not because he didn't have the talent to play. U Indy no depth for DLs, DBs and RBs. Last year had depth at all three and even four good RBs - this year down to back up RBs with no experience. Also U Indy seemed to "quit" a little when their "go to guy" RB McKeller got hobbled up to start the 2nd half. And that's bad. GV impressed at multiple positions. And that's a team in the driver's seat to win the GLIAC.

    U Indy scored first and only down 3 points with a minute left in the Third Qtr but then seemed like GV wore them down and took over. U Indy's program not there yet. Every team loses guys to graduation, injury, grades and breaking team rules. U Indy replaces these guys with frosh and walk ons. Grand Valley replaces with upperclassmen guys on athletic scholarship plus transfers.


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