Quick hits from Kevin Wilson’s weekly press conference #iufb

He saw resolve and perseverance, and for the third consecutive week, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson saw victory, too.

Now the Hoosiers hit the road with their best start in Wilson’s five seasons.

In his weekly press conference Monday, Wilson said the 38-35 win over Western Kentucky was an example of all three units contributing to the victory. There was a punt return and a blocked field goal on special teams, there were 639 yards in a balanced offensive attack and while the defense remained susceptible to big plays and big gains, freshman safety Jonathan Crawford’s two interceptions sparked the Hoosiers to their third win.

“Player of the game defensively, and really the only player I gave a winning grade to, was Jonathan Crawford,” Wilson said. “He was announced as Big Ten Player of the Week. That’s nice. Like a lot of our young players, every time a young player seems to do something well, they don’t show up for a while. And we’re talking about being a good team. You heard Ricky Jones say, ‘If we are good, we need to do it again.’ And we need Jonathan to keep showing up. Need him to keep showing up. Very young talent. Good player.”

A few notes from today:

— Saturday also marked the return of two Hoosiers expected to be among the team’s top defensive players this season. Safety Chase Dutra was IU’s second-leading tackler with seven stops, and linebacker Tegray Scales made five tackles and broke up a pass, but Wilson said both players failed to earn winning grades in their first game back. Scales was suspended for the first two games for unspecified reasons, and defensive coordinator Brian Knorr confirmed Monday that Dutra was held back by a knee injury.

“Even though you’ve got talent, sometimes game one (you’re rusty),” Wilson said. “Players make a lot of improvement from (week) one to two. They were by no means poor. They had a couple glitches and I feel they will get back in rhythm. It’s just good to get them back there.”

— There are no major injuries to report from the WKU game. Wilson said Kiante Walton “got nicked up” on Saturday, but didn’t indicate there were any further issues.

— Wilson is familiar with John Wolford from his time recruiting the Wake Forest quarterback out of high school. The only issue is whether Wolford or freshman Kendall Hinton will start this week’s game in Winston-Salem. Wolford left Wake’s 17-14 win over Army on Saturday with an ankle injury in the first half. Hinton, an athletic and mobile threat, became the Demon Deacons’ first 100-yard rusher since 2012 while running for two touchdowns.

On Monday, Hinton was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

So when the Hoosiers reconvene for practice on Tuesday morning, they’ll prepare for both Hinton and Wolford.

“The schemes won’t change,” Wilson said. “It will be the emphasis of a more athletic quarterback. The Wolford kid runs a little bit. He’s just a little bit more of a pass guy where they are going to do more of a traditional run game with pass. With Hinton, it’s more of a run game with quarterback run. Now, he does complete 60 percent of his balls, so you can’t just put everything up there. And it’s not an option attack.”

— Wilson also addressed his Wake Forest comments from the summer, when he told fans at an alumni event in Borden, Ind. that the Hoosiers were going to return to Wilson’s home state and win.

“I’m a southern baptist, but I don’t like Deacons,” Wilson said in early June. “We’re going to kick their ass.”

On Monday, Wilson said he was simply trying to fire up the crowd.

“That was nothing slighting Wake Forest University or their football team,” Wilson said. “It’s going to be a very, very good challenge, and like I say, I’m excited just to work with our team this week, and not really excited to (go home and) see my friends. They are always welcome to come up here. So I’m not going back to see my buddies. Matter of fact, my dad is here with me right now. He’s up here with us.

“It’s about us up here and us getting toward play. It’s not a slight that was intended but when you let media people at an alumni event — geez, I never understood that but that’s what we do. I love our media and I love our alumni.”

Hey, thanks, coach.

3 comments

  1. I hope Crawford keeps up the good work and with Dutra playing next to him it should help him out. It is good to have Scales back too as I see too many tackles Simmons misses. I just don’t see him as an inside LB this defense needs. Let’s see Scales and Oliver play side by side to see how they do with Simmons backing them up. Our defense needs to play a game like they played the last half against WKU as holding one of the country’s toop oassing teams to 132 yards total would be great every half. They showed defensively what they can do so it is time to step up and show it everytime they step on the field. If a few players step up and point out how good the team would be if they could play that way all the time and get the defense fired up we could win far more than people think. If we play the way we have then it will be a struggle to get to seven wins. Go Hoosiers

  2. vesuvious13, I think WKU’s QB had such as easy time passing in the first half that it actually gave him a false sense of security, which lead to him to making some careless throws in the second half. That, plus IU’s DBs tightened up coverage and simply played better, allowing for two crucial INTs that saved the day. It looked real ugly in the first half, but give them credit, they kept playing hard and improved their pass defense. Now, if we could get a pass rush and learn how to tackle, we might not have to hold our breath through the fourth quarter.

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