August 2, 2007

Notebook: Thigpen ready to run

With Bill Lynch making apparent his plans to emphasize the running game, the IU tailbacks sound primed to get a lot of carries this fall, as the Indiana head coach said at this week's Big Ten Media Days that the key to improving his team's ground game will be putting the ball in his rushers hands more often.

And last year's starter, Marcus Thigpen, says he's ready for the heightened workload. Thigpen, a converted receiver, will enter his second year at running back - a position he played in high school.

He says he feels prepared for the year and admits that he felt more like wideout than a tailback last fall. That, however, isn't the case anymore.

"I feel more confident with the offense and just running the ball period," Thigpen said. "Last year, I didn't feel too confident because I was used to playing receiver and I hadn't played running back since high school. I feel way more confident now and feel ready."

Also helping Thigpen's confidence is a depth chart that Lynch described as deep and balanced.

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