Three Storylines to follow during Indiana Football Spring Practice.

There is a buzz around Indiana football with new head coach Curt Cignetti. He's condensed the Spring practice schedule, and the Hoosiers have a spring game for the first time in years. These are three important storylines to follow heading into Spring Practice.

Sep 2, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers fans yell during the NCAA football game.
Sep 2, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers fans yell during the NCAA football game. / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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Dec 1, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers new head football coach Curt Cignetti. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

How much will we learn?

This spring in Bloomington might be somewhat different from the norm. There are 22 new transfers arriving on campus for Spring Football. There is a lot to sort out on both sides of the football.

Even if Kurtis Rourke is QB1, there is still the backup quarterback situation to work on. In addition, there is no guarantee that Rouke is going to start. Every quarterback in the locker room is learning new offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan's offense. Rourke and Tayven Jackson should lead the quarterback competition, with incoming freshman Alex Cherry waiting in the wings as the quarterback of the future.

The running back room is loaded with Trent Nowland, who decided to rescind his transfer and return to Indiana. Wake Forest transfer Justice Ellison is a shifty runner and capable receiver out of the backfield. Kaelon Black followed Cignetti from JMU to round out a loaded backfield.

The offensive line has three new starters, and the defensive front has six new starters. Indiana is still thin in the secondary, so there might be another portal addition after spring. There just might be something to learn this spring, even with some players out.