Michigan prepares for Indiana and the unknown

Brady Hoke can draw on last season and the ones before to know how a Kevin Wilson offense is capable of performing at Indiana.

This year, the Michigan coach is preparing more for the unknown.

With only one game to scout IU quarterback Zander Diamont, coupled with Indiana’s claims that it has altered some of its offensive philosophies, Hoke isn’t quite sure what his Wolverines should expect from Indiana at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

“When you are getting ready defensively, how are they going to play the game?” Hoke said. “Not from a schematic standpoint, a lot of those sort of things. Who are their playmakers and what will they feel comfortable with (for) the young quarterback in the football game?”

During his weekly teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, Hoke mentioned last season’s back-and-forth shootout at Michigan Stadium when it took a few late Indiana mistakes for Michigan to wrap up the 63-47 win. In that game, no Hoosier came close to matching Jeremy Gallon’s Big Ten-record 369 receiving yards on 14 catches.

Both teams are constructed differently entering this year’s meeting, but Hoke says he’ll have his eyes on IU receiver Shane Wynn and running back Tevin Coleman. Of course, after a forgettable passing attack in Diamont’s debut two weeks ago against Michigan State, Indiana will have to prove it can get the ball to Wynn with efficiency.

But Michigan isn’t discounting Indiana’s ability to create big plays. He’s just not exactly sure which way the Hoosiers will get them.

“Wynn is a very good playmaker and he has proven that over the years,” Hoke said. “He is a guy that returns kicks, he also reverses. We know him pretty well because he is a Glennville (High School) guy. He is a guy who is very athletic.

“Tevin Coleman, all you have to do is watch him. You watch one game and it doesn’t matter what game. He breaks tackles and has breakaway finishing speed. I don’t know if that would be the right way to put it. I think I would put it, we always stress (stopping big plays). We worked on pursuit, we worked on leverage, we worked on getting off blocks and all those things. When you don’t do those things, that is when bad things happen, tackling being a part of it. There is always an emphasis on not giving up big plays.”