Hoosier Morning

Again… this will get better … bear with me.

1. HOOSIERS HQ

Football served as a vehicle to get Indiana defensive end Darius Johnson off the streets of inner-city Detroit, I wrote.

Kevin Wilson said it’s possible the Hoosiers could play as many as three quarterbacks in Saturday’s opener, I wrote.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

On Kevin Wilson’s radio show last night, he said that the Indiana bench will now be on the side of the student section, the Indianapolis Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote.

Iraq war veteran Kevin Bush wasn’t on the depth chart that was released on Monday, and he realized it’s because he didn’t play well enough in preseason practice, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote.

The Indiana Daily Students Justin Albers writes that after having his doubts early, he’s come to believe Kevin Wilson is the man for the job.

Wilson said he believes Indiana has everything it takes to compete, Al Hamnik of the Northwest Times of Indiana wrote.

Jeffersonville graduates Brandon McGhee and Michael Carter are trying to get more playing time, Kevin Harris of the News and Tribune writes.

There doesn’t seem to be separation in the quarterback race and Duwyce Wilson and Ted Bolser are still hurt, Zach Osterman of Inside Indiana writes.

Jeff Thomas and others say this won’t be the same old Indiana team, Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com writes.

3. LYNCH SPEAKS

Bill Lynch, who coached at both Ball State before coaching at Indiana, discussed the significance of the game with Doug Zaleski of the Muncie Star-Press. , He said he’s not going to the game. And he said nothing controversial, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

4. INDIANA BASKETBALL RECRUITING

Ron Patterson spoke to Inside The Hall’s Alex Bozich about his decision to sit out the end of the July evaluation period, among other topics.

5. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

The Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep examines whether or not it’s a good idea for the Big Ten to have a championship game.

Fifth-year senior defensive linemen Will Heininger persevered and made it to the top of Michigan’s depth chart, Kyle Meinke of Ann Arbor.com writes.

Brady Hoke is still choosing between Michael Shaw and Fitz Toussant at tailback, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press writes.

Mark Dantonio will coach Michigan State this week despite the loss of his father, Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal writes.

Junior college transfer wide receiver Malcolm Moulton won a starting spot at Minnesota, the Star-Tribune’s Phil Miller writes.

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald said he would decide on quarterback Dan Persa’s status before Saturday, but wouldn’t go much further, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein writes.

Nebraska is driven by losses in the Big 12 title game and Holiday Bowl, Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Luke Fickell is making sure his new Ohio State charges never feel comfortable, Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller are listed as co-starters on the Ohio State depth chart, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

Penn State also went the “or” route with its quarterback competition, bracketing sophomore Rob Bolden and junior Matt McGloin, Jeff Rice of the Centre Daily Times writes.

Purdue actually made a decision. Caleb TerBush was named the starting quarterback, Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports.

Ricky Wagner is stepping into Gabe Carimi’s shoes as Wisconsin’s left tackle. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal writes.

9 comments

  1. Dusty-

    You’ve got enough links up there to open a Bob Evans….And where is our YouTube music clip featuring Bruce Springsteen?

  2. Dustin, some of the recent articles on the football players, like the recent one on Johnson, have been excellent. Really quality stuff and I enjoyed that one and others.

    My only constructive criticism is that maybe some of these stories could have been published earlier, like over the last two or three weeks. Stories like that one and some of the others published recently help build fan support and interest in the players and the team. I know that’s not your job, but increased excitement and increased attendance at games make everything better for all involved.

    Because of your article on Johnson, I’ll be watching him more closely and cheering him with just a bit more passion.

  3. Hey Podunker,
    Thanks so much, I really appreciate you reading and all of the things you’ve said about that story and the Wilson piece.
    Honestly, I wish I could’ve published more of them, but this is mostly a function of less availability. We’ve basically had two sessions per week since preseason started, and I’ve had something of an in-depth feature for every one of them, going back to the feature about Damarlo Belcher, the draft and his daugther. There isn’t really time in each session to get enough information for more than one story like that.
    As for Johnson, I had no idea whatsoever I was going to get that kind of story when I started talking to him yesterday. I had never heard any of that about him. I figured that would just be a story about a short defensive end being effective. I just asked some background questions and the next thing you know, the story took a totally different direction. If I had known that was what the story was, I probably would’ve written it earlier.
    Like you said, it isn’t my job to build fan support, but writing these kinds of stories is my favorite part about the job and I do them whenever I can.

  4. I have to tell you, my wife said she got chills hearing about Johnson, especially how he is responding so positively to his mom. We will be cheering for #44 no matter what.

  5. Dustin; I’ve heard it said that 80% of success is just showing up. I’ve also heard it said that the best questions are open-ended questions. Sounds like you did both with Johnson and did a good job of listening, and recognized a great story when you heard it. Congratulations on fine work.

    Teddy, I shared the story about Johnson with my wife too. Her response was, “God bless that young man.”

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