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.Â 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.”