For the first time all spring, Tom Allen got to coach his football team go through a semi-traditional scrimmage on Saturday.
He liked what he saw.
"I thought you saw what you wanted to see on both sides," Allen said. "We were kind of going. We got after them early. When I saw 'we,' I mean the defense did. I thought the offense bounced back, especially once we started driving the ball."
IU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was able to call the offense during certain situations like he would during games next fall. Some of the work, Allen said, was scripted, but other parts like an overtime simulation were on DeBord to run.
"It's hard when you're a tempo offense to just do situational things that are just stagnant from the beginning," Allen said. "You need the flow."
Allen mentioned redshirt junior receiver Simmie Cobbs, junior receiver Donovan Hale and senior tight end Ian Thomas as the guys who jumped out to him in the early goings of the scrimmage. He was also pleased with the play out of the linebackers, who are still working out a second starter alongside senior Tegray Scales.
"I just thought the whole group, with the first chance to do it, a lot of positives for sure," Allen said.
Allen updates injuries
Allen took the time to touch on a couple of players who are still dealing with nagging injuries this spring.
Redshirt junior receiver J-Shun Harris, who's coming off a pair of ACL tears, is still not allowed to face contact but is improving, Allen said.
Senior running back Camion Patrick, who was hobbled all of last year, isn't practicing at the moment. Allen expects him to be back in the summer.
Redshirt senior defensive tackle Nate Hoff is not currently active. It's not thought to be a serious injury.
Senior linebacker Chris Covington was also out of the scrimmage with an unspecified spring injury.
Previously suspended players now kicked off the team
Quarterback Danny Cameron, tight end Jordan Fuchs and defensive back Wesley Green are no longer with the program.
All three were previously suspended indefinitely.
"They're no longer with the program," Allen said.
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