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Lynch on IU freshmen

Indiana coach Bill Lynch broke down the play of the freshmen after Saturday's morning practice.

The Hoosiers were scheduled to have a scrimmage as part of the second practice, with most of the attention on the second and third strings as they start to sort out depth.

"Some have had more opportunities than others," Lynch said. "(Wide receiver) Kofi Hughes was pretty impressive until he hurt his thumb. He'll be back out there before long. He's been pretty impressive. (Running back) Matt Perez has been pretty impressive. Both wide outs, Logan Young and Tim O'Conner have gotten a lot of reps. They're good football players.

"On the defensive side, Harrison Scott, we brought him in thinking he'd be a defensive end. We moved him inside, he's a pretty active guy. All the linebackers, they haven't had as many reps because of the numbers. Ishmael (Thomas) and (Chase) Hoobler and (Matt) Zakrewski, that group has some talent. In the secondary, we have so much competition that (Drew) Harden and Brian Williams. They haven't had quite as many reps because of the older guys.

"I think it's a really good group. There isn't one that we're sitting there wondering about. Some have had more chances than others because of the depth chart."

The Hoosiers have only played six true freshmen in the last three seasons. Some of the players mentioned above are at spots where there is already a lot of depth.

"That's why it's hard to say if a guy will play," Lynch said. "I think some of it will probably depend on how healthy we stay through camp. But some of the guys I mentioned, physically could play and probably as far along as some of the guys we've played in the past three years as true freshmen. But the opportunity.

"We haven't changed, if we are going to play one, he's going to play a lot. We're not going to play some in the opener if we think he's going to be getting a few snaps throughout the season. We're going to make sure they are going to play and play quite a bit."

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