Isaiah Roundtree rushed for two touchdowns including a 63-yarder for the Crimson team, but the Cream team still won Saturday’s Indiana football spring game on the strength of a Tre Roberson touchdown run and four field goals by kicker Mitch Ewald. Ewald handled all field goals for both teams and actually finished 5-for-7 combined.
Roundtree was the story of Saturday’s game though — unless you count the weather, which drove the game from Memorial Stadium to Mellencamp Pavillion after the first quarter. The former Lawrence Central star and Morehead State transfer showed breakaway speed on the perimeter which could make him a good change of pace with thoroughbred back Stephen Houston.
“That’s Roundtree,” quarterback Tre Roberson said. “He’s a great running back. He’s very fast and he sees holes. That’s his game. Make big plays all the time.”
Said wide receiver Kofi Hughes: “He’s got great breakaway speed. I think today you saw that. He was just going. I think that was the best thing. That’s why it was his best day today. He just ran and kept running.”
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gave Roundtree credit for a good day, but also said he’s expected more from him this spring than Roundtree has provided. Roundtree was the best scout team performer on offense last year, when he had to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules, but Wilson said he hasn’t been nearly that consistent in the spring.
“He was like that in the fall, but he’s 1-for-15,” Wilson said. “I have no comment on that. I expect a lot out of him. He’s been tweaked with an ankle. It was good to see him show today. I believe he is capable, but he hasn’t had a consistent spring. It will be interesting to see if he has the summer to have a foundation, have a great preseason and really start helping our football team in a more positive way. Today was very good to see. Wasn’t surprising, but it was good to see and we expect to see that more consistently than we got this spring.”
Official statistics were not kept for the game and with several plays lost in the transition from outdoor to indoor, the integrity of unofficial statistics kept by the media was essentially lost. However, quarterbacks Roberson and Cameron Coffman both had solid performances with Coffman making it quite clear that he will give Roberson a run for his starting job.
“Cam has been battling just as well as Tre,” wide receiver Kofi Hughes said. “… The more comfortable he gets being here, he just keeps growing and growing. I think Cam’s got a really strong arm. I think that when he really feels comfortable with a pass and knows that he makes the correct read, the ball is just always in the right spot.”
The defense also had its moments, especially in the red zone. A big part of the reason Ewald kicked so many field goals was because of stands at or near the goalline. Even when Roberson scored the first touchdown it was on fourth down after the defense had stopped three runs by Stephen Houston from three yards out.
“It was just being sound, being in our gaps and playing with technique,” defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. said. “… That’s just everyone doing their jobs and playing their part.”
There was a significant amount of lineup interchange, but the first team offenses and defenses mostly stayed together as did the second team offenses and defenses. Roberson and Coffman played with both the first team offense and second team offense so that both could build timing with both starters and backups. Based on the rotations, though, the spring depth chart, as close as we can tell, is as follows, not taking account for injured players (Ryan Phillis, Charles Love III, Paul Phillips, Ishmael Thomas, Matt Perez, Duwyce Wilson among others) who could win spots back in the fall.
WR Kofi Hughes
WR Cody Latimer
WR Jamonne Chester
TE Ted Bolser
LT — Charlie Chapman
LG — Bernard Taylor
C — Will Matte
RG — Collin Rahrig
Cody Evers/Gregory Lewis
RT — Peyton Eckert
RB — Stephen Houston
DE Bobby Richardson
DT Adam Replogle
DT Larry Black Jr.
DE Javon Cornley
LB — Chase Hoobler
LB — David Cooper
Nickel — Kenny Mullen
CB — Lawrence Barnett
CB — Greg Heban
S — Mark Murphy
S — Ryan Thompson