Wilson says Hoosiers need to play more like Bobby

The best play of Bobby Richardson’s afternoon at Bowling Green was his last one.

That’s when Richardson bowled over the center of the Falcons’ special teams unit and blocked the extra point on BG’s final touchdown of Saturday’s 45-42 Indiana loss. Kevin Wilson said this week that Richardson’s play on the extra point was arguably Indiana’s best of the game.

A few more of those instances may have been the difference between the win and the loss.

“If you have a chance to look at it, watch Bobby Richardson play the PAT field goal after they scored,” Wilson said. “Because if we had played like that the whole game, I don’t think we would have played 113 snaps. I know we’ve got a great group of guys. There’s no quit in them. We have to pull it out. That’s our job as leaders, not telling them what to do, but putting them in the right places, getting them to do it and we’ll get a great challenge this week, and we expect them to play a lot better.”

Indiana’s coaching staff is preaching aggression this week. They’re asking players to stop overthinking and start flying around more to make plays.

Defensive line coach Larry McDaniel said Richardson is one of the guys who gets the message. And, with a Hoosier defense ripe with youth, that’s the way it has to be.

“He’s gotta understand it more than the younger guys,” McDaniel said. “Football is a finite game. There’s gonna be a time when it ends for you. Hopefully for Bobby, he can go ahead and get to the next level. But he’s gotta be the bell cow when it comes to effort, accountability and doing things right. Anytime you build a program, which is coach Wilson has done here, you never want the children to have to lead the masses. There’s gotta be one of those things that, because of where we are in the tenure of coach Wilson, our seniors have got to be the guys that take the bull by the horns and say, ‘Look, put it on my back. Follow me. I’m gonna show you guys how to get this thing done. He’s been able to do things this year.”

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  1. You’re speaking my language Nick Mangieri:

    “Somebody just needs to step up when we need to make a play. Honestly, I think that’s the biggest thing. So far we haven’t been able to do that.”

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