Hoosiers settling in to road routine

The bye week offered a period of reflection and self-correction for Kevin Wilson’s Indiana football program.

Now, the road awaits.

The Hoosiers embark on the first of back-to-back road swings this week, when they head to Bowling Green for Saturday’s noon kickoff against the Falcons. It’s a four-and-a-half hour drive for Indiana, and the program’s first chance to settle into a road routine.

Saturday is the first of six scheduled road contests for the Hoosiers.

IU players and staff will climb onto busses around 1 o’clock Friday afternoon to make the program’s first trip to Doyt Perry Stadium. That means Indiana’s weekly preparation schedule is frontloaded to the early portion of the week, when the team will see most of its physical work. Wilson says the end of the week is reserved for rest.

“The only thing we’ve changed this year is we’ve changed a little bit of our work on Thursday and our work on Friday and what we’re doing Thursday and what we’re trying Friday to try to get our team in a fresher mode,” Wilson said Monday afternoon. “We’ve tweaked some things, whether it be lifting and how we practice and what we’re doing to hopefully get our guys feeling fresher and faster on those Saturdays.”

Part of that includes restrictions on nightlife activity on Thursdays. Wilson says his staff is doing its part by not overworking players in practice late in the week. He’s also asking his group to be aware of their own physical and mental health as Saturday nears.

That means asking for a halt on late night strolls up and down Kirkwood avenue and the like.

“We’re talking a lot to our team about their Thursday night habits and things they need to sacrifice when Thursday night is a great college night around town,” Wilson said. “Hey, we’re talking six weeks here in a row we need to give that Thursday night up because what’s in your body Thursday night, dinner on Thursday night, you’re playing with Saturday at noon more than what you put in your body on Friday, so we’re talking a lot about things we need to do.”