No-huddle a success, says Lynch and Co.


Besides the absence of Kellen Lewis, no issue swirled around the Indiana football team more than its implementation of a no-huddle offense. Then, when Lewis was reinstated but had to earn his starting job back because he’d missed playing spring ball sans huddle, the stories became intertwined.

On Tuesday at his press conference, Indiana coach Bill Lynch said he was pleased with how Lewis ran the offense in IU’s 31-13 win against Western Kentucky Saturday.  The only thing he hopes to improve is game management when Indiana needs to run the clock. Late in the game against the Hilltoppers, Lewis ended up standing at the line with 35 seconds on the 40-second play clock and not running as much time off as possible.

“That’s something we really didn’t practice much, so we will work on that,” Lynch said.

Wide receiver Andrew Means also spoke with the media Tuesday and said the team enjoyed playing at such a fast pace.

“I couldn’t even imagine going back and huddling,” he said. “I just love it. Looking back at huddling makes you think, ‘Wow, why would we ever do that?’ ”

Other newsy tidbits from today:

  • Lynch thinks the team should be healthy for Saturday’s game against Murray State. Receiver Ray Fisher, who hurt his shoulder, remains day-to-day. Tandon Doss, a freshman wide out who’d been expected to see time, has recovered from a shoulder injury and should practice full go later today.
  • The heat was a factor Saturday, Lynch said. The new field hasn’t settled as well as it will, meaning more of the rubber pellets were near the surface, absorbing the heat. Means said he could feel his feet burning through his shoes. Lynch also said the north end zone addition blocks some of the breeze that comes through. “Which is fine with me,” he said. “I love the north end zone.”
  • The defense set the tone early in the game, and Lynch thinks their success comes from playing in the same system for a few years. “The more you understand it, the faster you can play,” he said. “You’re slowed down by not quite understanding.”
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2 comments:

  • Jimmy #1


    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 6:29 PM EDT

    Interesting football note….Rivals has our 09 recruiting class ranked #32 in the nation, and 6th in the Big Ten. Its early, but its good to see.

  • Hoosier Daddy #2


    Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 8:45 AM EDT

    I am currently living in the south and thank the heavens for Big Ten Network so I can follow the Hoosiers. The down side to that is watching the football team while salivating for basketball. That is not to say that I don’t notice some huge improvements over the DiNardo years, the Cameron years, etc…… I find myself seeing a good, not great but good, defensive squad on the field 3/4 of the game slowly wearing down and not being able to stop the big 3 & 19 play due to fatigue. I also see a quarterback with Randel El skills, more interested in personal stats that winning ball games. The quarterback IS the offense. When faced with a 3 & 8, logic dictates you throw the ball 9 yards. Consistantly, Lewis will dump the ball to the flat and pad stats rather than make the smart play and keep the drive alive. This kid was thrown off the team last spring, the why never was printed in Atlanta, and I can’t see why he was allowed back. My perseption of the situation is that he doesn’t give a crap about the team and is only concerned with having a great stat year and getting drafted out of B-town. Bench Lewis and start Chappell or another freshman that wants to win!

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