News and notes from Kevin Wilson’s Monday availability

Kevin Wilson understands it’s going to take more than one week and one win to change the perception of his Indiana football program.

Until then, he’s sticking with the same mantra that has carried his Hoosiers this far — constant competition and consistency. If IU can follow that, Wilson says, the program will be on its way to solidifying itself as a program that fans can believe in.

He also recognizes Indiana has a long way to go before that happens. After upsetting No. 18 Missouri on Saturday, Wilson simply wants to see his team back it up with a big game against Maryland this weekend at Memorial Stadium.

“Belief comes with trust,” Wilson said. “The key to trust is a word that’s been said a couple times today — consistency. If you do it consistently, they’ll trust you and they’ll believe you. … People believe things they see over and over. It’s called trust. Key to trust is consistency. There will be some more if we can be consistent. Consistency and competitiveness, we’ll see if we can keep competing, see if we can back it up. As we go, we’ve got some great fans in this place. It’ll be fun. Love to have a great day here Saturday.”

Meeting with reporters on Monday afternoon at the North End Zone facility, Wilson recapped the weekend and the Hoosiers’ 31-27 win over the Tigers.

Outside of season-ending injuries to linebacker Steven Funderburk and running back Tommy Mister, Indiana has been mostly free of serious injuries. But Wilson confirmed Monday that the team took a couple hits over the weekend.

Linebacker Marcus Oliver and cornerback Kenny Mullen will both undergo season-ending ACL surgery after leaving Saturday’s game in Columbia. Wilson said that because the injuries occurred in the third game of the season, redshirt options could be extended to both players.

“Unfortunately, they’re two of our better backups and special team guys,” Wilson said. “Marcus has been playing a lot. But with young guys we got in the secondary, young guys we got at linebacker, I think we got the team that can overcome that. Matter of fact, every player that went on the trip played, except for one. We played a bunch of guys. We’ll need that going forward. Unfortunate for Kenny and Marcus, two great kids and great players, but we gotta move on. Need those guys to continue to be great leaders for us and bring energy because they’re veterans.”

Indiana did not name defensive or special teams players of the week after the Sept. 13 loss at Bowling Green. On Monday, Wilson reported that both of those units, along with the offense, had multiple honorees.

Punter Erich Toth and kicker Griffin Oakes received special teams awards after Toth averaged 44 yards over his eight punts. Oakes filled in for Aaron Del Grosso and booted three of his four kickoffs for touchbacks and hit two extra points.

“Variation of Hall and Oates back in the day, Toth and Oakes,” Wilson joked. “Don’t think they’ll be a music group.”

Wilson told reporters that no permanent decision has been made on a first-team kicker, with Del Grosso nursing a lingering groin injury that kept him out of action after he missed a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Tigers.

“He didn’t seem to have as much pop,” Wilson said. “Griff came in and kicked the kickoffs very well. We haven’t made what I’d say is a rash decision other than to say we expect guys to play when they’re called upon and Griff answered the deal at kicker. We’ll just kind of see what happens this week as we prepare and chart. We’ll see how it goes as far as does he continue to manage the opportunity? We’ll see if he keeps it.”

Defensively, Mark Murphy, T.J. Simmons and Tegray Scales earned IU’s weekly honors. Murphy intercepted Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk on the first play of the second half, Simmons played a consistent game and finished with a co-team high six tackles, and Scales made five stops and registered his first career sack. Scales was also named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week.

D’Angelo Roberts, Tevin Coleman and Ralston Evans were the offensive honorees after all three contributed to a fine, zero-turnover effort.

“(We had) 240 rushing, 250 passing,” Wilson said of the offensive production. “We’re not trying to be equal, but it was nice to see that we were decent on the run, decent on the pass. Solid day.”

Backup quarterback Zander Diamont was recognized with scout team honors after playing the role of Mauk in practice last week. Offensive lineman Tyler Lukens also earned scout team recognition.