Highlights from Tom Allen’s weekly radio show

  • No matter the opponent, Allen was excited and encouraged to finish with a shutout against Charleston Southern: “I told our guys that’s a big deal. We know it was against an opponent that was from a smaller division, but we’ve played that level for many, many years. Whenver you do it, wherever you do it at, it’s hard to do for 60 minutes. To keep them off the scoreboard was a big deal.”
  • Similarly, Allen recognizes that CSU’s option offense doesn’t rely much on the passing game, but he was pleased to see his defense keep them from taking advantage of play-action, while going 0-for-10 passing. “That was a stat that, I didn’t even realize that was the case till after. They’re obviously a running team, but it’s hard to hold a team to no completions. With that style of offense, you can make one mistake and give up a cheapie. We did what we were supposed to do and played well.”
  • Allen said he was encouraged by the way the team responded to Peyton Ramsey in his first career start. “I thought that was really, really positive. I don’t think it was surprising. He’s so highly-respected by our team.”
  • Indiana put 66 players into action against Charleston Southern, getting good work for the second- and third-team guys. “Having 10 guys out that were ones and twos, it gave a lot of our threes a chance to be twos. They got a lot of quality reps in practice and that motivates them.”
  • Don Fischer asked Allen which players surprised him against CSU. “LaDamion Hunt on special teams and playing cornerback. He’s one we’ve only really activated in the last couple weeks due to other injuries in the secondary. Really wanted to redshirt him, but he showed up.”
  • Allen was also pleased to see Taysir Mack’s big game. “The challenge is can he do that for another week when it’s in Big Ten play?”
  • A fan asked for Allen’s thoughts on Simmie Cobbs’ would-be touchdown that was ruled out of bounds. “We contested it. What they said during the game (was) … the bottom line is when your back’s to the sideline and the toe is in bounds, even though your heel is outside the white line, that’s considered a non-catch. It’s a new variation of the rules. In the past, that was a catch. But the whole foot has to be in (if your back is to the sideline). To me, that’s … I don’t know.”
  • Allen on Michigan’s defense: “They’re a great football team. Their defense is impressive in studying them and all that they do. They graduated a lot of guys last year, but they’ve really developed pretty quickly. They make it difficult. They’re going to give you a ton of different looks up front. They’re No. 1 in the country in many categories.”
  • A fan asked Allen if IU can get another shutout this week: “That’s the goal. If they don’t score, they can’t beat you. (laughs) But it’s a little bit of a different team we’re playing this week.”
  • A fan asked if Allen ever gets a chance to sit down and watch NFL games. “No, I really don’t. Maybe later on after (the season), but not right now.” Allen said he grew up as a Dallas Cowboys fan, but became a Colts fan after they moved to Indianapolis. “Really with Peyton Manning, I just loved everything he represented.”
  • A fan asked Allen if former players keep in touch after they graduate. “They do. A lot. Especially now that you can communicate easy with text or Facebook. That’s the special part of doing this, the impact you have with guys.” Allen said former IU running back Devine Redding reached out within the past week about coming back to watch a game.

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