Notes and highlights from Kevin Wilson’s weekly radio show

There’s a new format this season for Kevin Wilson’s weekly radio show, one that allows the IU football coach to take fan questions through Twitter.

Predictably, it’s led to a few silly moments. More on that in a bit.

First, let’s touch on a few personnel and injury updates from Wilson:

— Freshman athlete Mike Majette has been working as a hybrid running back/ receiver recently. That’s the same spot where UAB transfer Marqui Hawkins recently moved. Wilson also intimated Majette could see time in the slot, which is where he began fall camp.

“He’s one of those other kids who played quarterback (in high school),” Wilson said. “Some people recruited him as a defensive back. We think he’s a hybrid kind of guy. Losing Isaac James, he can do some of those things as well. There’s a number of guys. We’ve looked at Marqui Hawkins as sort of a hybrid/ speed back. He’s a big, big receiver (and) we’re just trying to increase the roles of some of those skill kids and try to get them on the field, if we can.”

— Asked about redshirt freshman Mike Barwick, Wilson said the defensive lineman is recovering from a “slight injury” that’s bothered him for 2 1/2 to three weeks. Wilson also said tight end Jordan Fuchs is back after an undisclosed injury that cost him 2 1/2 to three weeks of preseason practice.

“Mike’s doing well, Derrian Meminger is doing well,” Wilson said. “Those guys are good young defensive players, but a couple nagging injures — nothing major, not broken bones or surgeries, it’s just prohibited them from practicing as much as you need now.”

— An astute fan noticed that Wilson spent quite a bit of time huddling with his offensive linemen during Saturday’s game. Wilson said he was trying to help them get on the same page with quarterback Nate Sudfeld and followed with some interesting comments:

“We just kept having some miscues with Nate and some of the concepts of where I thought the ball should get distributed,” Wilson said. “He kept complaining that the offensive line had some concerns. I’m like, ‘Hey, wait a minute now. If we’re calling this play, then what’s the issue and why can’t we get it worked out?’ It just seemed like a little bit of distrust between Nate and the line, and the line and Nate. We were running a couple plays that they need to sync and they just seemed a little out of whack and, to me, a little bit worried. I was like, ‘Hey, what’s the problem?’ … It wasn’t that they were playing poorly. We were just playing out of sync.”

— There was also a good amount of silliness from the Twitter questions. Responding to one about the best place to get burnt ends in Bloomington, Wilson recommended Smokin’ Jacks and Willie T’s.

— Wilson also said he and the team always eat black eyed peas before games. “Where I’m from, that was always a sign of good fortune and good luck,” he said.

— At halftime, Wilson and players enjoy Swedish Fish.

One comment

  1. It is never a good thing when the OL is out of sync and I hope they pull it together this week. We need to do a great job blocking to help out the RBs and QBs to have successful plays. It is good to hear Majete and Hawkins may show up on the field soon. We can use more dynamic players on offfense especially like Hawkins.

    People need to remember WKU beat Marshall last year ending their winning streak so this isn’t an easy team to beat. Our players need to play hard and focus on their assignments to win this game.

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