Highlights from Tom Allen’s weekly radio show

Indiana coach Tom Allen returned to the Bloomington Holiday Inn on Wednesday evening for his weekly radio show.

Some of the highlights:

Allen on transitioning to Peyton Ramsey as the full-time starter: “I believe in Peyton. I think he’s an extremely tough kid. He’s just a student of the game and has a lot of moxie to him and core confidence. The players know how hard he works.”

  • The IU coach says that while it was difficult news for Richard Lagow, the senior is handling it well: “It’s a tough dynamic. As tough as it is, he’s been a real good teammate this week and accepted that (backup) role.”
  • Allen shied away from explaining specific changes to IU’s offense, but said he’s glad to have the decision in the rear view so that Indiana can focus on tailoring its offense to Ramsey rather juggling multiple approaches. “The difference is now you’ll have everything centered toward Peyton and what he can do instead of two different setups. It allows us to do more.”
  • From a preparation standpoint, Allen says the experience Indiana received against Georgia Southern’s triple option has helped the team gear up for a similar Charleston Southern offensive approach. “There are some similarities, but it’s definitely different. They run their offense well. They won their (Big South Conference) the last two years in a row. They’ve got some scrappy, tough kids. Their quarterback, he can throw it, but they’re going to run the football predominantly. It creates a challenge.”
  • With an FCS opponent coming to town, Allen has preached focus while also stressing to his players that Charleston Southern is “coming here to embarrass you.”
  • A fan asked Allen if he is concerned about opponents controlling time of possession. He is not. “It used to be a bigger point of emphasis. It’s become, to me, an irrelevant stat. To me, it’s more about points per drive and limiting touchdowns and causing them to kick field goals. We don’t really look at that. To me, it’s about what are you doing with those drives?”
  • Another fan asked Allen if he’s been pleased with the development of IU’s offensive line. “I think they’re coming together. We still have never had all of them healthy at the same time. I think Coach Hiller has done a great job. It’s a young group. We don’t have any seniors.”
  • Allen also received a fan question asking for his thoughts on Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley. ” I was just impressed with his effort. His passion and heart is off the charts. He just plays extremely smart.”
  • A fan asked Allen how the team cleans up mistakes in practice. “Once practice is over, you go up and start watching and grade every snap. I make a list of things we have to correct. The players have meetings that evening to go over film and make corrections. It’s very, very detailed. It’s immediate feedback for our guys to get all those things corrected. To me, that’s the essence of coaching, the correction of errors.”
  • Each week of the season, Indiana highlights a word to focus on for that particular game. This week’s word is dominate. “It’s about dominating the one-on-one matchups, dominating mental preparation and, from a physical perspective, to go out and play at a high level.”

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