Storylines for Indiana’s game against FIU #iufb

1. Defensive improvement for Indiana

It can’t get much worse than last week, can it? For their own sake, the Hoosiers hope not. IU coach Kevin Wilson didn’t blame the players’ execution as much as he blamed the coaching scheme in last week’s narrow win over SIU. After calling out the defensive coaches in his weekly press conference Monday, Wilson is counting on his message being heard. The 659 yards that Indiana allowed in the opener were the second-most given up nationally through the first week of the season. Now, Indiana is hoping for a seven-day turnaround similar to the one it enjoyed last year between a loss at Bowling Green and a win at Missouri.

2. The status of Chase Dutra and Rashard Fant

Dutra, Indiana’s top free safety, missed last week’s game with an unspecified injury and his status for tonight is uncertain. Wilson has been evasive in speaking about Dutra’s injury, only going so far as to say that it won’t require surgery. The IU coach did provide a bit more insight into Fant’s early exit last week, saying the redshirt sophomore corner took a knee to the helmet and was being monitored for possible concussion symptoms. Dutra and Fant are, without question, the top two players in an otherwise young and inexperienced secondary, and their availability will go a long way toward getting the IU defense on track.

3. Keeping Sudfeld upright

The boys up front did a great job last week making sure their quarterback didn’t get touched. That will remain one of the top objectives in every game this season, especially against a ballyhooed defense such as Florida International. The Panthers posted two sacks and combined for eight tackles in the backfield during last week’s upset win over Central Florida. They held the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions to only 295 total yards, including merely 46 on the ground. Last year, FIU finished ranked No. 35 in the nation in total defense.

4. Limiting Jonnu Smith

Indiana entered last week’s game knowing Adam Fuehne was a player to watch, yet the Hoosiers still allowed the SIU tight end to catch three passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Smith, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, is on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. After catching three passes for 18 yards last week, Smith enters tonight’s game with 103 catches for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns for his career. College football prognosticator Phil Steele, along with Athlon magazine, both included Smith as a Preseason First-Team All-Conference USA player to watch.

8 comments

  1. This game provides a real challenge for the team and coaches. I am looking forward to the game to see how the team responds to the poor game last week yet coming up with the stop to win the game.

    The D coaches will have a better picture of what FIU will do. The players should be better prepared for what FIU wants to do. I will be looking to see if IU fills the lanes and stops over running the ball which creates running lanes. I will also be looking for the D front to get pressure on the QB as our young DBs need the help.

    On offense I hope the line can create bigger running lanes so Howard and Redding are clean going through the line. There were several runs like that last week and it would be nice to see more of them. Go Hoosiers!

  2. Where’s that high powered offense? It is not always the defense. I have seen this before. The offense does not play any good.

  3. Where’s that high powered offense? It is not always the defense. I have seen this before. The offense does not play any good. Then the defense joins in playing bad as well.

  4. The offense couldn’t consistently get it going but were still able to move the ball agaisnt a defense that only gave up 46 yds on the ground last week. Howard is clearly better than Redding and I wish they left Howard in, plus run him down after down inside the 10 yard line. IU started seeing the passing lanes open up once they ran the ball enough.

    Defensively a much better game with the exception of the 71 yd pass play as a result of two missed tackles. Our front is playing much better and I expect to see them control the second half. I hope the secondary doesn’t get exposed this half so we can get more three and outs to get the ball to the offense quicker.

    Nothing great yet but enough improvement to think they can pull it together by the time B1G starts.

  5. the first thing we learned in the 5th grade about defense was to drive THROUGH the ball carrier not try to arm tackle and DO NOT leave your feet. were these kids ever really taught fundamentals or just how to try for highlight plays. this goes for basketball also.

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