Hoosier offense goes to work on timing

The proof will come on Saturday at Bowling Green, but Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns believes his Hoosiers made the most of their bye week.

Mainly, IU was able to dedicate a week to self-improvement, while fine-tuning some of the areas that didn’t look quite game-ready when the Hoosiers opened their season on Aug. 30 against Indiana State. That includes Indiana’s passing attack, which appeared to be of sync in a toned down offensive showing.

With IU introducing a partially revamped look and plenty of new faces, that’s understandable. So the Hoosiers went to practice last week intent on fixing some of the timing and hesitation that was apparent in the season opener.

“We feel like we tried to go back and say, ‘What are our base concepts that we need to get really good at?'” Johns said. “Let’s just go run those during the bye week.’ The kids did an outstanding job of busting their tails, working hard and learning from the tape. Hopefully, we can go out on the game field and show what we’ve learned, show how we’ve grown and hopefully have better execution in the passing game.”

That’s not to say it’s only the young guys who need the attention. Even an experienced target like Shane Wynn has required extra work while he transitions to the outside. Fellow seniors Nick Stoner and Isaiah Roundtree are also in line for their most exposure since coming to IU. They need more repetitions with Sudfeld, just has he needs the same with them.

The Hoosiers are also working with a mostly-new set of tight ends, too.

“We’ve really tried to concentrate hard to make sure that the quarterback is throwing the balls to the guys he needs to throw to, so he’s getting timing with guys he throws to,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “In other words we don’t want to throw a go ball to a freshman we’re red shirting if Nate is throwing it. Throw that with one of the young quarterbacks. That kid needs that work, but I don’t want that to be Nate’s shot. I want that to be with Stoner or with Shane Wynn, one of the guys that’s playing, so it’s just a little bit more how you practice it, and we’ve worked hard at it and I think we’re gaining, but hopefully we’ll keep gaining throughout the year, every day, every week.”

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