Notes from Wilson’s press conference

Some basic notes from Indiana coach Kevin Wilson’s Monday press conference

— Wilson spoke at length about the challenge of dealing with Navy’s triple option, which was the reason he bumped the Indiana State game up to a Thursday night so that he would have three more days of preparation. Wilson said it’s a challenge for both the offense and the defense, because Navy’s ground game eats up clock and therefore allows the offense fewer possessions. He said the triple option itself is even more of an issue for younger players because they occasionally rely on their instincts and guess and even revert to basic principles and try to go out of their way to make a play. Dealing with the triple option requires trust in the assignments, however, and the biggest challenge is making sure they don’t go off-page. The Hoosiers have worked against the triple option all preseason and used quarterback Tre Roberson and wide receiver Kofi Hughes — a high school quarterback — to simulate it. However, they won’t be able to do that as much on game week because it cuts out of their time with the first-team offense.

— Despite Thursday’s results, Wilson said the quarterback competition will continue and it will continue as a three-man race. Roberson is fine to return to action after suffering a rib bruise in Thursday night’s game. Roberson threw for two touchdowns and led three touchdown drives in a short outing and sophomore Nate Sudfeld completed 12 of his 17 passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns against one interception, but Wilson hasn’t eliminated junior Cameron Coffman from the competition. Coffman was 2-for-7 with an interception and just 29 yards. However, Wilson said he was hurt by dropped balls and incorrect routes and that the coaching staff thought he played much better than the statistics indicated.

— Wilson said Shane Wynn passed an impact test and is good to return after being hit hard while attempting to field a punt. He left the game and didn’t return, but has been cleared for action.

— Wilson said that offensive tackle Peyton Eckert, who missed Thursday’s game with a back injury, has returned to practice. So has cornerback Ryan Thompson. He expects defensive tackles Alex Todd and Chris Cormier (knee) to return to action shortly.