Lewis to start Indiana's season opener

Updated: August 26, 2008, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kellen Lewis is Indiana's starting quarterback again, winning a chance to lead the Hoosiers to a second straight bowl game despite being suspended for spring practice.

Hoosiers coach Bill Lynch said Tuesday that Lewis will start Saturday's opener against Western Kentucky. Lewis won back the starting job after a monthlong battle with sophomore Ben Chappell.

Chappell has thrown only two college passes but inherited the nominal starter's role in March when Lewis was suspended for breaking team rules. Lewis was reinstated last month but returned to a new no-huddle offense.

Lewis threw for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 726 yards and nine TDs last season while leading Indiana to its first bowl game since 1993.

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