November 1, 2007
Freshmen Progress Report: Skill positions
With only three games left in the season, the freshmen have spent plenty of time learning about the college game and in some cases running the scout team offenses and defenses. The first-year players have had plenty of time to develop and adjust to the speed of the college game, even if they have spent their first season in an IU uniform learning the opponents' play book.
Each week in the closing part of the season, we'll get an update with each position coach on how the freshmen are developing. In this edition, we spoke to wide receivers Billy Lynch and offensive coordinator Matt Canada about the development of wide receiver Matt Ernest, quarterback Teddy Schell, tight end Max Dedmond and running back Zach Davis-Walker.
Schell is a 6-5, 211-pound quarterback from Barrington, Ill. Schell was the top-rated passer in the state of Illinois and was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He has been in charge of running the scout team and preparing the starting defense for the opponent's play book.
Matt Canada on Schell's development:
"I don't see a lot of the scout team, but I know the defensive guys have been happy with the look he's been giving. He's improving. Obviously that's the best thing you can do is get to come in and redshirt and get to work on the scout team, getting a lot of reps versus coming in and being a (third string) and not having very many reps, so really it's probably worked out the best for him that he has been able to go and work down there. He's been doing a good job."
Does he need to work on anything in particular this off-season?
"Everybody's got to get stronger, and obviously study film and learn our offense. Being on the scout team you spend more time doing the other team's looks and the other team's offenses. He'll need to spend the off-season working on our offense and learning our system."
Dedmond is a 6-5, 235-pound tight end from Evansville who was one of Indiana's highest ranked recruits last year. He came to IU thinking he'd play tight end, but he had some potential on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Canada on Dedmond's development:
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