Cream beats Crimson 19-16 in (mostly indoor) IU Spring Game

Isaiah Roundtree rushed for two touchdowns including a 63-yarder for the Crimson team, but the Cream team still won Saturday’s Indiana football spring game on the strength of a Tre Roberson touchdown run and four field goals by kicker Mitch Ewald. Ewald handled all field goals for both teams and actually finished 5-for-7 combined.

Roundtree was the story of Saturday’s game though — unless you count the weather, which drove the game from Memorial Stadium to Mellencamp Pavillion after the first quarter. The former Lawrence Central star and Morehead State transfer showed breakaway speed on the perimeter which could make him a good change of pace with thoroughbred back Stephen Houston.

“That’s Roundtree,” quarterback Tre Roberson said. “He’s a great running back. He’s very fast and he sees holes. That’s his game. Make big plays all the time.”

Said wide receiver Kofi Hughes: “He’s got great breakaway speed. I think today you saw that. He was just going. I think that was the best thing. That’s why it was his best day today. He just ran and kept running.”

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gave Roundtree credit for a good day, but also said he’s expected more from him this spring than Roundtree has provided. Roundtree was the best scout team performer on offense last year, when he had to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules, but Wilson said he hasn’t been nearly that consistent in the spring.

“He was like that in the fall, but he’s 1-for-15,” Wilson said. “I have no comment on that. I expect a lot out of him. He’s been tweaked with an ankle. It was good to see him show today. I believe he is capable, but he hasn’t had a consistent spring. It will be interesting to see if he has the summer to have a foundation, have a great preseason and really start helping our football team in a more positive way. Today was very good to see. Wasn’t surprising, but it was good to see and we expect to see that more consistently than we got this spring.”

Official statistics were not kept for the game and with several plays lost in the transition from outdoor to indoor, the integrity of unofficial statistics kept by the media was essentially lost. However, quarterbacks Roberson and Cameron Coffman both had solid performances with Coffman making it quite clear that he will give Roberson a run for his starting job.

“Cam has been battling just as well as Tre,” wide receiver Kofi Hughes said. “… The more comfortable he gets being here, he just keeps growing and growing. I think Cam’s got a really strong arm. I think that when he really feels comfortable with a pass and knows that he makes the correct read, the ball is just always in the right spot.”

The defense also had its moments, especially in the red zone. A big part of the reason Ewald kicked so many field goals was because of stands at or near the goalline. Even when Roberson scored the first touchdown it was on fourth down after the defense had stopped three runs by Stephen Houston from three yards out.

“It was just being sound, being in our gaps and playing with technique,” defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. said. “… That’s just everyone doing their jobs and playing their part.”

There was a significant amount of lineup interchange, but the first team offenses and defenses mostly stayed together as did the second team offenses and defenses. Roberson and Coffman played with both the first team offense and second team offense so that both could build timing with both starters and backups. Based on the rotations, though, the spring depth chart, as close as we can tell, is as follows, not taking account for injured players (Ryan Phillis, Charles Love III, Paul Phillips, Ishmael Thomas, Matt Perez, Duwyce Wilson among others) who could win spots back in the fall.


WR  Kofi Hughes

Logan Young

WR  Cody Latimer

Jay McCants

WR  Jamonne Chester

Shane Wynn

TE   Ted Bolser

Jordan Jackson

LT — Charlie Chapman

Bill Ivan

LG — Bernard Taylor

Bill Ivan

C — Will Matte

Collin Rahrig

RG — Collin Rahrig

Cody Evers/Gregory Lewis

RT — Peyton Eckert

Pete Bachman

RB — Stephen Houston

Isaiah Roundtree

D’Angelo Roberts


DE   Bobby Richardson

Justin Rayside

DT  Adam Replogle

Nicholas Sliger

DT  Larry Black Jr.

Adarius Rayner

DE  Javon Cornley

Zack Shaw

LB — Chase Hoobler

Jacarri Alexander

Kyle Kennedy

LB — David Cooper

Mike Replogle

Jake Michalek

Nickel — Kenny Mullen

Tregg Waters

CB — Lawrence Barnett

Michael Hunter

CB — Greg Heban

Brian Williams

S — Mark Murphy

Drew Hardin

S — Ryan Thompson

Forisse Hardin

AUDIO: Bobby Richardson

AUDIO: Stephen Houston

AUDIO: Larry Black Jr.

AUDIO: Kofi Hughes

AUDIO: Tre Roberson

AUDIO: More Kofi Hughes

AUDIO: Kevin Wilson


  1. A good start, T, but I’d rather go 1-11 and beat Notre Dame than win the BCS title (and yes, the “11” includes Purdue). SCHEDULE NOTRE DAME NOW!

  2. Davis, I’m with you. Just saw some clips of Spring game (about 4-5 plays). Not going overboard but Notre Dame is avoiding us and with good reason.

    Be afraid irish…very afraid!

  3. Coffman must be a jump or two ahead in the passing game. Sounds as if Coach Fabris is a dynamo.

  4. Gentlemen,
    I didn’t see any of the game Saturday. I hope you are right that significant progress is being made. BUT let’s win a couple of games before we suggest anybody should be afraid of IU football.

    See you in September. Go Hoosiers

  5. Kevin K…not just Notre Dame; but Alabama and LSU should also be puking in fear!

    A sense of humor helps with our history, though it is true that I am impressed and comfortable that the staff we have now is really teaching and raising the standards. I’m enjoying reading the details, the coaches’ observations (they do speak in a language and with a content we have not heard before) and the self-assessments by the players themselves. If all we do is move the bar for expectations beyond the level where we can stand on our heels and touch it we have accomplished phase 1, beginning to change the culture. The fans have to do that too, but for it (a new environment) to take over, we have to have fun doing it.

  6. I like the business like attitude as well. No nonsense. It does have a very different tone about it.

    I’m not sure we should give up our national championship just to beat Notre Dame though.

  7. Yeahh…Chet…well, since we are witnessing the birth of a dynasty and since I’ve seen Davis’ passion- he really does deserve we satisfy his wish- perhaps we fit Notre Dame into the schedule somewhere. However, I would want Glass to drive a hard financial bargain in the contract. We need to balance our expectations of excellence and dominance with our traditional and very Hoosier healthy respect for a balanced budget.

  8. Also, I also think it would be wise to think ahead to sourcing the cost of new contracts ensuring retaining Coach Wilson and staff through retirement.

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