WKU football blog: Indiana week

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Who gets the call?

It’s been no secret that Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis has had a rocky offseason.

Lewis – who piled up nearly 4,000 yards of total offense to go along with 37 total touchdowns in 2007 – was forced to serve a team-enforced suspension that saw him miss all of spring practice. An important time frame, considering that the Hoosiers spent a good deal of time installing a no-huddle offense.

And, as expected, Indiana coach Bill Lynch has made Lewis earn his way back this fall. So much so that Lynch has yet to decide whether Lewis or sophomore Ben Chappell will get the start Saturday against WKU.

But whether Lewis starts or not, it looks like WKU head coach David Elson fully expects him to be on the field at some point.

“An unknown that is thrown in there is that Kellen Lewis didn’t practice last spring,” Elson said. “His numbers are unbelievable, but crafting a plan for an athletic quarterback isn’t something we’ve never done before.

“We’ll have to be smart with our contain players, we’ll have to tackle him when he gets a chance as he’s very elusive, and our offense has prepared us pretty well. But the big thing that we’ll have to adjust to is that Kellen Lewis is very, very fast.”

Elson also said that having a number of mobile quarterbacks on the team has gone a long way in helping the Hilltoppers prepare for Lewis.

“All three of our quarterbacks that are redshirting, Anthony Sheppard, Kawaun Jakes and Marcus Vasquez have all been back there (on the scout team) and there’s no question that they’ve helped (prepare for Lewis),” Elson said. “All three of those guys are going to be excellent football players for us, and there’s no doubt that we’re enjoying those 85 scholarships.”

Redshirt situation

Elson confirmed Monday that all but one of the team’s 14 scholarship freshmen will redshirt this season.

The only player that will see action in 2008 will be defensive end Jared Clendenin, a player that Elson has pointed out numerous times throughout camp as a surprising bright spot.

Text fights

While there are a plethora of WKU football players and coaches who will have a chance to go home this weekend when the team visits Indiana, one player is bringing a bit of his past home life to Bloomington – even if he is from Ohio.

Centerville, Ohio native Dan Cline – a senior defensive lineman – said Monday that he has been playfully trash talking via text message with some of his former high school teammates: Indiana defensive tackle Greg Brown and linebacker Tyler Replogle.

Cline said the text sparring has been going on for months and has added some extra fuel to his fire for this weekend.

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