With IU football camp at the half way point, the team is gearing up for a new season in the new stadium. The new North End Zone rises over what IU athletics hopes will trigger a new era of IU football. A tour included a 25-thousand square foot weight room that overlooks the field and the Hall of Champions still receiving finishing touches before the first home game on September 3rd.
IU head coach Bill Lynch gave the tour and is excited about the possibilities the new facilities give to the program and potential recruits.
“The number one thing about the facility is it shows a commitment to football here at Indiana and I think that is so important. It’s something that has been lacking in the past and I think as our fans come watch a game here and the game day experience, it says football is important here at Indiana.”
Today was also a day to showcase the 2009 football squad. They are picked to finish last in the Big Ten, but feel they can prove something different on the field.
“We gotta be a tougher football team and the only way you are going to be tougher, you have to practice this way, it’s going to be physical, our guys have bought into it,” said coach Lynch.
Jammie Kirlew, a defensive end, spoke to media members as a senior leader. “More so now than last year, we do have depth. Some of the young guys were thrown out there without much experience, it was a tough position for them.”
With the departure of Kellen Lewis, Bloomington native Ben Chapell becomes the Hoosiers number one quaterback.
“It’s a privilege and I’m honored to have the position,” says Chapell. “I have to keep going out and get better every day in practice and prove that I’m the guy.”