Highlights from Tom Allen’s weekly radio show

Tom Allen returned to the Bloomington Holiday Inn on Wednesday for his weekly radio show. Here were the highlights from his appearance:

  • Once again, Allen expressed his disappointment in the special teams unit: “When you get a punt blocked and they return it for a touchdown, it’s such a deflator emotionally. If you go and look, it’s a pretty high percentage that you win games when you block a punt for a score. One guy made a mistake. It happened, but it can’t happen.”
  • Allen continues to be proud of Richard Lagow and how he’s handled the backup role: “Peyton (Ramsey) was playing well and got dinged up there. Richard didn’t miss a beat. He came right in, really poised and I was really proud of him. He responded the way I expected him to and challenged him to. That speaks to his character.”
  • Allen said he’s not sure if Ramsey will be available for the Wisconsin game: “He’s working hard to be able to be ready to go. It’s a situation where he’s day-to-day. Just gotta be ready to roll.”
  • Allen echoed his thoughts from Monday, saying his heart breaks for J-Shun Harris, who is dealing with his third ACL injury in three years: “It’s unusual to have it happen that many times.”
  • Without Harris, Indiana will look to Luke Timian, Rashard Fant and Whop Philyor on punt return duty.
  • On having two capable quarterbacks: “Some guys are good at coming in in relief, if you want to call it that, and don’t handle the starting role as well. They’ve both proven they can do that. It’s great to have two.”
  • On this week’s game being televised on ABC — the third this season carried on the network: “It’s huge. We talk to our recruits once we find our kick time and what station. You make a big deal about the national exposure they’re gonna get coming here. I’ll use the example of Whop (Philyor), who had a lot of offers across the country. We talked about, ‘Hey, you can come to Indiana and showcase your skills on a national level. It’s proven to be true. You can come here, make plays and the whole country can see you do it.”
  • A fan asked what Wisconsin does best: “They run the football extremely well — as well as anyone we play. Defensively, it’s similar. Big and physical. Disciplined. It’s hard to run the ball on them.”
  • On Wisconsin leading rusher Jonathan Taylor: “He’s really impressive on film. They rotate several guys in there, but he’s different. As you evaluated him as a player, I don’t think anyone would’ve projected him to do that at this early stage of his career, but he has great feet, great balance. He’s patient. He’s a good fit for their system.”
  • A fan asked Allen to name his favorite Halloween candy: “You can’t do better than Reese’s Cups.”
  • Another fan asked if Allen dressed up for Halloween. Of course, he didn’t. But the Hoosiers’ coaching staff did host their wives and children for trick-or-treating in the office. “All the coaches’ kids came to our facility. Our wives made the candy and had things outside each door. We went outside and took a break from work and gave them candy. That was neat. That was our fun Halloween moment.”
  • On the 2018 recruiting class: “I love our class. I’m really excited about our class. They’re buying into the vision of where we’re going and the programs they see us play and the level we’re playing at. I’m in contact with them consistently. Tonight’s our big call night. I’ll leave here and make a bunch of calls.”


  1. This will be another big test for IUFB; how they respond will tell a lot about this team. They have an opportunity these next four weeks to do something that hasn’t been done for a number of years.

  2. The only chance IU has to defeat Wisconsin is for Lagow to have the game of his life, and for each of his receivers to do the same. I just hope we don’t lose any more players to injuries.

  3. Really tough game. Wisconsin succeeds where IU struggles- they run the ball and stop the run. If IU passes, the game stretches out and IU’s defense will be on the field for more plays. More plays means more chances to wear out and more chances for injuries. With no running game to worry about, Wisconsin will be teeing off on Lagow. Special teams now lacks explosiveness too with Harris out for the year. IU had a puncher’s chance against Michigan and Ohio State. But I just don’t think they match up well with Wisconsin. This is the game to try anything off the wall that totally break’s tendencies. Maybe add an extra lineman and let Big Bacon run the option with Whop Philyor. They could call it the Bacon Whopper package. Just don’t do more of the same when more of the same isn’t going to work.

    1. They could call it the Bacon Whopper package.

      Nicely done, 123. Very funny. Sure you’re not Husky Tom?

      1. Question: Why haven’t we heard more about Johnny Pabst…? In a tweet, Dan Dakich referred to him as “stud” of a qb. Pabst has a big frame and fully capable of run-pass options @ 6-2, 205. Sounded like he had blue ribbon passing accuracy while at Niles West as well.

        Why not have a blue ribbon Pabst with our Bacon Whopper package? We also have a Fryfogle on our receivers’ roster. Pabst and a Big Bacon Whopper package with a large Fryfogle option?

  4. basketball season is here, I don’t think to many people care about the two deep roster and the injury report anymore….the attendance at this football game will be very interesting. IU has 4 games left and need 3 victories to make a bowl game. I really get the feeling fan interest in IU football is wavering.

  5. I’m still very interested and how the season closes out. I can handle basketball and football at the same time equally.

  6. H4H, I just watched recruiting film on J. Pabst and Dakich is full of sh*t if he thinks the kid is a stud. He had good stats his senior year but that was due to the poor quality of teams they played. He has happy feet and most throws came after moving, often when he had on reason to move, to throw to receivers on scramble breaks. He might b a great kid but not on a B1G field.

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