Georgia Southern on Allen’s mind for months

Indiana’s opponent for this week has actually been on Tom Allen’s mind for months.

That’s because Georgia Southern is known to run a triple-option offense, and the IU coach understands how it can challenge a defense.

Allen began preparing his team for the Eagles’ offense during spring practice, then revisited his plan of attack during fall camp. So when Indiana takes the field for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. contest at Memorial Stadium, Allen expects the past few months of preparation will pay off.

“We started working in the spring when we knew that we were playing them, just to be able to work on different facets of it that they are going to present,” Allen said Monday. “They run out of the shotgun, which is different than some, but it creates similar challenges.

“You can’t just (prepare for) it in a couple days. So we’ve been working on them in the spring and then a little bit in the fall camp.”

It helped, too, that Indiana also had last week’s impromptu bye week to continue preparations.

But here’s the thing. Through two games, Georgia Southern’s offense doesn’t look threatening — and it doesn’t resemble a true triple option attack.

In a season-opening blowout loss at Auburn, the Eagles produced merely eight first downs, went 0-for-15 on third down and totaled only 78 yards of offense.

In a Week 2 loss to Football Championship Subdivision outfit New Hampshire, Georgia Southern lost a fumble on the first drive of the game and later trailed 22-0 at halftime before managing just 12 points in the second half.

Ahead of this week’s trip to Bloomington, the Eagles rank dead last among the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense (202.0 yards per game) and yards per play (2.99).

Even so, Indiana’s scout team offense has been running the option out of shotgun for weeks to give the Hoosiers’ defense a preview of what it should see on Saturday.

No matter how tepid Georgia Southern’s offense has been thus far, Allen expects the Eagles’ quirks will still present challenges.

“The cutting on the perimeter is probably the biggest challenge, I think, and having gone against Navy and Georgia Tech in the recent history of my coaching, that’s been things that we’ve had to really work on,” Allen said. “Sometimes you feel good about your prep, and you get in the game and it’s just so much more difficult to defend it than it is again in practice.”

“… Just having them execute the offense at the level they are going to see it on game day is really almost impossible if you don’t run that style of offense, which we obviously don’t. So it always is going to take a series or two to get used to that speed of it.”

8 comments

  1. This team was completely dominated by New Hampshire if they dont beat a team barely averages 200 yards a game by atleast 4 touchdowns then somethin is wrong

  2. Agree with you totally brownbomber, if this is not a blow-out game, than this IU football team has some real issues. Will Richard Lagow become Tanner Lee? Will IU remain last in the BIG 10 in rushing yards (a quote from the Foster Farms bowl game “This team (IU) will run the football”)? Based on the most recent BIG 10 power ranking IU is ranked 9th, only ahead of two BIG 10 (Rutgers and Illinois) teams on the current IU schedule.

    1. The OL plays soft, like they’ve been tamed not to cause penalties instead of being aggressive in making blocks. But there is an even bigger deficiency with Majette as lead RB. His 19 carries has produced only 15 yards. While Cole Gest gets only 2 carries that garners 13 yards. Coaches need to get in front of these needs now.

  3. Was T.A. obsessing over G.S.? They deserve no more than preparing for a win. They don’t deserve the respect of being on one’s mind for several months by head coach and if you lose this game or game is even close you are not any good anyway.

  4. You’re right. He should have claimed he doesn’t even know who is on the schedule this week and that they haven’t prepared in any way, expressing shock when told they run the option.

    He should even deny that Georgia is actually a state.

    …in an Australian accent…

  5. How is t so out of line when the article above was written in a manner giving full question to the legitimacy of the opponent’s capabilities?

    But here’s the thing. Through two games, Georgia Southern’s offense doesn’t look threatening — and it doesn’t resemble a true triple option attack.

    In a season-opening blowout loss at Auburn, the Eagles produced merely eight first downs, went 0-for-15 on third down and totaled only 78 yards of offense[……] Ahead of this week’s trip to Bloomington, the Eagles rank dead last among the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense

    Dead last among 130 FBS teams. Yes, let’s be very careful to not look ahead of Georgia Southern. Yes, Georgia is a state. But to make any deal of Georgia Southern says far more about the ‘state’ of Indiana Football.

  6. Morgan Ellison is your rb for the future. At 6’1 and 225 pounds…smart, runs hard, finds the hole, cuts well, blocks well, catches out of the backfield and always falls forward like we are used to with Coleman and especially Howard.

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