Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana defensive tackle Darius Latham has big things on his mind for his sophomore season, Mike wrote.

A revamped Indiana soccer team got a good look at how much work is yet to do in Tuesday’s exhibition loss to Xavier, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
IU soccer began to find answers to its question in its first exhibition game, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student wrote.

Indiana soccer’s final exhibition game with Washington will cap off the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne Saturday, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The IU wide receiving corps has traded in size for speed this season, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Depth and talent on the offensive line gives IU assistant coach Greg Frey reason to smile, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Darius Latham, here’s Mr. Big with a cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.”

8 comments

  1. “….. an anchor on an Indiana offensive line that rates just behind Wisconsin’s as the Big Ten’s best.” Really? That’s a pretty bold statement from Pete DiPrimio. Unfortunately, he did not site his source for that “rating.” I’m encouraged and optimistic about the increased depth, health, strength and experience of IU’s Offensive line this year, but rating it second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin? My guess is that Ohio State and Michigan State might take exception to that statement and use it for bulletin board material.

  2. Well, we’ll find out soon enough. If Coleman averages over 7.3 yards per carry this season, like he did last season, and our quarterback stays upright and healthy, that will be all the evidence I need to say that Phil Steele was correct. But it’s still a very bold statement when anyone rates any part of an IU football team as second best in the Big Ten.

    It appears that IU’s O-line is finally big (i.e., heavy) enough and strong enough to be considered a legitimate Big Ten Offensive Line. It’s been a long time coming, but credit to Wilson’s recruiting and the Strength and Conditioning program he has established. Let’s all hope these your men stay healthy.

  3. 38 points and 508 yards a game last year. Hell I believe it. With more bigger, faster, stronger experienced OL this year why would we not be even equal to Wisky? Last year made a believer out of me.

  4. Does a horrific defense allow for getting the ball back more frequently? If our defense begins to stiffen up, does that actually prevent getting the ball back quickly along with some added scoring chances/time of possession(thus depressing point and yardage totals)?

    Could a defense that bends, but still ultimately breaks, actually take some of the polish off a dynamic offense eager to be on the field?

    It often felt like Wilson thought our best chances were enhanced by getting the defense off the field as quickly as possible. It made me feel as if they were giving up the big play because they put more faith in the offense than giving up chunks of clock that could come with a team grinding it out on the ground and converting on 3rd down after 3rd down.

    We need vast improvement on defense…An incremental improvement may just mean more time of possession for the opponent(still utlimately putting points up on nearly every drive)while putting rust on an offense that operates more free and loose in a shootout atmosphere.

  5. IU is capable of vast improvements on defense. We have the personnel to be much better than the previous two years. I couldn’t care less about scheme and too much focus has been placed on switching from 4-3 to 3-4. What I like is that this coach as a defensive philosophy, has plays set up to make the defense unpredictable and to show a lot of different looks, of which, many of them have different options based on the reads they get at the line of scrimmage as to what they’ll do. There is no doubt that Knorr was successful with his defenses for this primary reason.

    I’m cautiously optimistic (because you have to be with IU football), but there are no excuses this year and I think we have the right guy to make that happen.

  6. IU does not need to have a “good” Big Ten defense this year. It just needs to have an average Big Ten defense. Forget about the schemes, they simply need to execute fundamentals, like tackling, shedding blocks, gap discipline and communication. The increased size, strength, speed and experience of last year’s very young defense should produce significantly better performance this year. If that happens and is combined with another potent offense, IU should be able to win six games. I’m optimistic about this new defense but still tempering my expectations. We should see some very high scoring games again this year, but hey, if you win 42 to 35, it’s still a win.

  7. You didn’t mention turnovers and havoc..You have to have a defense that can generate turnovers and sacks. Blindside hits…stripping the ball…active and opportunistic pass defense…rushing the QB into mistakes. Gotta keep the opponent out of the end zone on long extended drives…Gotta force your opponent into an ample amount of 3-and-outs/punts. A defense without substantial depth could die on its own fundamentals: slowly moving backward while never making the big stop or generating the big turnover/fumble/interception.

    Slightly better than average fundamentals ain’t gonna cut it in the Big 10. Incremental improvement could easily mean less time on the field for the Hoosier offense. Having to climb out of deficits with more rust on the QB’s arm and more sense of panic with limited clock can easily operate in the backdrop of “improvement” but just as disheartening.

    This Hoosier football team needs shock treatment. Long term recovery and gradual signs of life is not an option. They need to play defense with reckless abandon. They need a collective emotional jolt that evokes hunger, anger, and transformation in mindset. They need to punish a running back by finish the hit. They’ll need to take chances. Hurry-up offense needs a defense with the same desire to confuse and not settle into the routine or the satisfaction with tackles that don’t come with statements.

    After decades of decline, Hoosier football can’t rely on incremental and half-hearted support/enthusiasm from the stands. Big salaries, big billboards, big ad campaigns with big promises that came with a coach hired away from a big name football program requires more than the uninspiring chatter of contentment in our souls upon 2 or 3 more victories in the course of a season.

    I don’t care about incremental satisfaction. The fan base of Indiana deserves to see it all left out on the field. I feel we’ve waited long enough. I want an out of body experience that destroys more than an incremental amount of nightmarish memory cells of the cloud that forever hung over Memorial.

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