Lively practice Wednesday

Players were yelling and excited at football practice Wednesday as the Hoosiers prepared for their big game against Minnesota.

The defense, which struggled early in the week last week against IU’s scout team, has played much better this week. The Hoosier defense was quick to the ball Wednesday, stuffing the run and intercepting a couple of passes.

Teammates had to break up a couple of scuffles, including one in which a scout team offensive lineman’s helmet got torn off and tossed into the air, as an excited defense dominated play.

“We’ve had better practice this week,” co-defensive coordinator Brian George said. “The intensity level has picked up.”

Despite a disappointing performance by the defense last Tuesday in a practice that had coach Terry Hoeppner fired up and pleading for somebody to make a play, the Hoosiers came out Saturday and gave their best defensive performance of the season.

Safety Brandon Mosley said Tuesday he thinks IU’s defense will keep playing better because players now understand their assignments better and don’t have to think before reacting to a play.

“The speed in the defense is the major difference,” Mosley said.