April 9, 2007

Chappell shines in scrimmage

It may not have been a great day for the Hoosier offense in Saturday's
scrimmage but it certainly appeared to be a solid day of work for redshirt
freshman quarterback Ben Chappell. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound player from
Bloomington South had an unofficial stat total of 9-17 passing for 101 yards and
no interceptions. This follows up a solid passing day in the Hoosiers first
spring scrimmage on March 31st.

"He was 13-18 last week and has really had a great spring," said Indiana
quarterbacks coach Matt Canada after Saturday's scrimmage. "We have been
very, very happy with Ben."

Not only has Chappell been solid for a newcomer passing the ball, he has also
tucked the ball under and run several times in each scrimmage.

"He can run the ball," says Canada. "We are running the spread offense
and the quarterback is part of it. We all know he is not the athlete
Kellen is but he does what he needs to do and if you don't account for him he'll
go. He had about a 12-yard run today. He won't run away from a lot
of people but he you have to account for him and he is such a smart player."

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