Hoosiers work on pass defense

Here are some quick updates from IU’s football practice today.

There don’t appear to be any personnel changes in the Hoosier defensive backfield that got torched by Minnesota. I think the team just doesn’t have any players that would do better than those already out there. I think there is a true freshman or two that Terry Hoeppner would like to try at this point, but he’s not going to burn a whole year of eligibility for playing in the last couple games of the season.

After practice, safety Will Meyers said the coaching staff has worked to simplify the pass defense this week so the reads aren’t as difficult and defenders don’t get “stuck out on an island” in single coverage.

On offense, Kyle Thomas and Scott Anderson were playing left tackle in place of Rodger Saffold, who is out with an illness. I still don’t know what’s wrong with Saffold, but it sounds like he should be back for the Purdue game.

I was asked on our H-T Wednesday 11 a.m. Q&A today what the injury is that’s expected to keep reserve linebacker Matt Mayberry out of Saturday’s game. I learned tonight that it is a wrist injury.

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  1. Thanks for the update. Glad to hear Mayberry is a wrist problem and not a knee or shoulder.

    I am glad to hear they are trying to simplify the coverages…..Just keep it simple…..It is obvious that they cannot handle reading the coverages based upon receiver routes, etc….. Personally, I think that puts a lot on the defense, they should make it simple to not create these blown coverages…………………….We have got to stop making QBs look like All-World.

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