Wilson talks bye week

Kevin Wilson enters his first bye week as a head college football coach and has to decide on the best way to use the time off. Much of the time will go into recruiting, but some of it will also go into fundamental work.

“We can spend a little time with Michigan State, Purdue,” Wilson said on his radio show Monday night. “Maybe introduce some thoughts or introduce some schemes. You’re going to see these formations or these blitzes. Here’s some things to get ready for, I guess. In playing as many young guys, we’re really trying to work on some fundamentals. Late in the year, we’re trying to shorten our practices. We’ve been doing a little bit of morning work with our class schedule. We’re trying to do some segments with our practices in the morning. We’re having some short practices in the afternoon and get our guys a little rest time.”

Wilson said they’re trying to get work with the first and second teams scrimmaging each other, and also trying to give more work time to younger players including those who are redshirting.

Wilson did say that the Hoosiers already had two assistants on the road recruiting, and that more would hit the trail this week.

“We’re allowed 42 evaluations,” Wilson said. “An evaluation is one day that a coach goes to recruit. We had two coaches already gone today. … As we go through the week, we’ll have coaches out. We’re going to have 20-some evaluations this week.”

Speaking of redshirts, Wilson was asked about the seven true freshmen who are not playing this season and taking a redshirt. He said he’s not disappointed with any one of them, but they’re all redshirting for different reasons.

Defensive end Adarius Rayner, he said, is redshirting because of academic issues that kept him from being eligible initially.

“He had a glitch academically,” Wilson said. “Class wasn’t certified to make him technically eligible. … I would’ve expected him to be playing in our rotation right now defensively. He’s doing great in school but he’s not allowed to practice, so he’s not allowed to participate with our team. But he is in school, doing well, he’s lifting. He’s just not allowed to be a part of team functions. We’ll see if we get him for spring. We’re not sure on that yet, that’s just with the NCAA.”

Wilson said left tackle Greg Lewis was not in shape because he couldn’t get in for summer ball. He said linebacker Zack Shaw, who was one of the most highly touted players in the class, could move from middle linebacker to defensive end. While the coaches were considering that move, they decided not to play him because he would’ve likely played special teams only, and “we thought he was a little better than that.” Wilson said he’s also happy with the play of linebacker Kyle Kennedy and offensive lineman David Kaminski.

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