Covington project a work in progress for Hoosiers

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The Chris Covington quarterback experiment continued on the field during Saturday’s 45-42 loss at Bowling Green.

The freshman Covington, who was recruited as an athlete before spending the summer working at linebacker, saw the field for two snaps against the Falcons, working to limited results on a pair of fourth-down, short-yardage situations.

He spelled Nate Sudfeld midway through the first quarter on a 4th-and-1 situation at the Bowling Green 33-yard line and handed off to running back Tevin Coleman, who was swallowed at the line for no gain.

Covington came back with under two minutes remaining in the half, with the Hoosiers staring at 4th-and-1 at the BG 22. This time, Covington kept the ball to himself, ran right and was gobbled up by a gang of tacklers for a two-yard loss.

It’s an added wrinkle to Indiana’s playbook after former quarterback Tre Roberson transferred during the spring. But it’s also one that may have limited effectiveness if Covington isn’t given an opportunity to throw the ball and keep a defense honest. Bowling Green keyed on him during his second appearance on the field and, as such, he went nowhere.

Covington’s only other game experience came in the victory formation on the final play of the Indiana State game.

“Just thought we had a chance for some run-pass option,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said of the decision to use Covington. “One of them, with the new guy in there at quarterback, the play didn’t get called properly. Just miscommunicated. The other play, they blitz loaded up on him and we didn’t put him in a good situation. We gotta keep pushing ourselves as coaches to keep pushing the team and quit worrying about what could happen. Keep pushing the team, keep throwing them out there. They’re gonna make plays and we’re gonna be fine.”

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  1. Just say it lout loud with your buddies when watching a game and a team needs to convert a 4th down. “Hey, I have an idea, let’s bring in a true freshman that spent most of the pre-season playing defense, is no threat to pass or run a play action and see what happens”
    Just really, really questionable calls.

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