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Spring practice notebook

Wilson on QB competition

Indiana is looking for a new starting quarterback with the departure of senior Ben Chappell.

Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker are thought to be the leading candidates. Both appeared in five games as freshmen in 2010. Kiel completed 4 of 17 passes for 71 yards and two interceptions. Wright-Baker completed 5 of 12 passes for 80 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception.

IU coach Kevin Wilson was asked what characteristics he looks for in a quarterback.

"A guy that will take care of the ball," Wilson said. "Last year, we won the turnover ratio two of 12 games. The guy that throws it the best to the other team will not play."

I talked to both Kiel and Wright-Baker for a story on the quarterback competition in the upcoming weeks.

Getting to know them

Cornerback Lawrence Barnett, like the rest of his teammates, is adjusting to a new coaching staff. That means knowing when to laugh.

"(Co-defensive coordinator Mike) Ekeler, he's a funny guy, he's very passionate," said Barnett, a Bishop Luers graduate who will be entering his sophomore season in the fall. "You have to laugh at his jokes, because if you don't, he won't play you.

"Most of (the jokes) are funny. Some of them are a little corny, but you have to laugh at them sometime."

We'll have a story on Barnett's progress in the upcoming weeks.

Some things change…

Indiana quarterback Dusty Kiel discussed what's similar and different with IU's offense under Kevin Wilson.

"The terminology is different, but what we're trying to do with some of the routes and stuff is the same," said Kiel, who is in the running to replace Ben Chappell at quarterback. Another one of the favorites is Edward Wright-Baker. "We just have to used to the new play calls and that stuff."