Lewis: Not much swagger in Hoosiers

Kellen Lewis remembers what happened last time Indiana was 3-0.

It was two years ago, when Lewis was a true freshman, that Indiana won its first three games, but won just one more during the Big Ten season to finish 4-7.

A reporter asked Lewis Tuesday after Bill Lynch’s weekly press conference if the team has developed a swagger after its 3-0 start.

“It’s not that strong of a swagger,” Lewis said. “Non-conference really means nothing. You have to win in your conference to go to a bowl game.”

A reporter asked Lewis about the challenge of playing an Illinois defense that’s ranked 12th in the nation in stopping the run, allowing just 71.3 yards per game and 2.1 yards per carry.

Lewis said he had stopped by IU offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s office yesterday and saw that Canada was putting together a solid plan to move the ball against the Illini. “He already had four or five plays to exploit their defense,” Lewis said.

Lynch said that what’s he’s looking for against Illinois is consistency. He said that after watching film he believes Indiana played well against Akron, except for in the second quarter. That, he said, along with a rough third-quarter at Western Michigan, made it two straight games in which the Hoosiers played three good quarters.

“Once you get into the Big Ten season, you have to play four good quarters,” Lynch said. “That’s the lesson of it.”