Highlights from Tom Allen’s weekly radio show

Tom Allen returned to the Bloomington Holiday Inn on Wednesday for his weekly radio show. Allen recapped parts of last week’s loss to Wisconsin, while looking ahead to Saturday’s game at Illinois.

Here are some of the highlights from Allen’s appearance:

— Because of injuries within the linebacking corps, Tegray Scales and Chris Covington had to play every defensive snap against Wisconsin. “We were down to two linebackers, so therefore the two starters had to play the entire game. That takes its toll. I don’t care who you are. The injuries have been a huge factor with that. It’s part of it. We get affected with it a little more with not having the initial depth in the first place.”

— Host Don Fischer prefaced his question about Morgan Ellison’s first-half fumble by telling Allen he didn’t want to get the coach in trouble. Allen grinned and said he had to be careful talking about the controversial overturned call. “I was very upset. Rightly so. I got an explanation that I didn’t agree with. I was told a certain thing. It was overturned. There was obviously a whistle blown. I have two ears. I heard the whistle. Ball’s down. They apparently didn’t see it that way. The overturning of it blew my mind. My turned in (the film to the Big Ten offices) and the whole process, but it doesn’t do any good after the fact.”

— Chase Dutra’s one word for the season is “now.” The Hoosiers are also using it as their word of the week. “They bough into that and I thought we had a great practice yesterday and another one today. … We’ve got strong leaders on our team, a great senior class that has invested a lot here and invested a lot to our program. They deserve to finish strong.”

— Although he wouldn’t specify which players, Allen said he expects to have at least a couple injured players return on Saturday at Illinois. “You know more as the week progresses. I believe we’ll get some guys back that didn’t play last week.”

— On what to expect from Illinois’ defense: “A lot of man-free, where they’re basically gonna man you up and play with a high safety. They’ll play Tampa 2, which Lovie Smith was famous for. They’ll blitz some, but it’s a lot of those two structures. When you play that kind of coverage, they’ll get up in your face, pressure you and cover you. We gotta take advantage of it for sure. They’ve done a good job of keeping games close.”

— A fan asked Allen to name the one thing IU needs to do to beat Illinois: “Protect the football. That’s the thing that sticks out to me. That’s the one stat, the one thing. When that happens, that’s usually the outcome.”

— On Luke Timian: “He’s been huge. He’s a guy, as we all know, who we awarded a scholarship to in fall camp. He’s every bit of that, for sure. Does a great job of getting open and catching balls. As an interior type of receiver, you’ve got to have that guy who has that moxie about him and can get in those windows. Just a dependable guy.”

— Allen named several youngsters who have impressed on the scout team this fall, including: DE Tramar Reece, DE Lance Bryant, LB Mo Burnam, LB Thomas Allen and S Juwan Burgess. Allen also mentioned hybrid safety Bryant Fitzgerald, who won’t be able to practice with the team until January due to a error caused this summer by IU’s compliance department. Offensively, Allen also singled out QB Nick Tronti, TE Peyton Hendershot and offensive lineman Britt Beery.

5 comments

  1. Any speculation on players that may be back to play from the IR? Thomas, Natee, Offensive line? Of course getting any players back would be great… A big win will set the tone for the remaining games… Go Hoosiers!

  2. It would be very good to get the team healthy over the next three weeks. IU has been hit hard by injuries in ways that took play makers off the field. IU needs to have a solid win this week, a game that doesn’t allow any question about them winning the game.

  3. What channel will the IU v IL football game be telecast on? I checked the BTN listings and it shows Rutgers v PN St at 11 AM CT; MI v MD at 2:30 PM CT.

    1. really, why would any network want to telecast two 0-6 teams in the BIG Ten?? My guest would be regional telecast!!!

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