August 1, 2007

Media Day Notebook: Lynch focusing on run game

With an offense that relies heavily on multiple-wideout sets and a wide receiver corps that runs fairly deep, it's really no secret how Indiana liked to move the ball last fall.

Kellen Lewis had an assortment of options under center. He could hit one of his receivers on a quick out or a slip screen, or he could take a shot down field at James Hardy or one of his other deep threats. The intermediate passing game was also there, with wideouts like James Bailey and Andrew Means often running routes in the middle.

Though, Bill Lynch and his staff would like their quarterback to have some options behind him as well. And with a running back pool that Lynch described as having depth, the head coach said he is confident that the offense's running game could become equal in effectiveness to the passing game if it's given enough attention and work, similar to the kind of treatment Indiana's air attack received during last year's preseason.

"One of the big emphasis a year ago, we knew we were going to throw the football because we had some outstanding wide receivers and we felt like we had some quarterbacks who could throw," Lynch said. "We worked very, very hard on our protection a year ago in spring. We felt like what we were doing offensively, we found some answers and it paid off last fall.

"This past spring, we had a real emphasis on the running game. We feel like we need to get the running game up to the level of where we are at throwing the ball right now. That has been a point of emphasis in the spring and it will be as we get into fall camp."

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