Wilson teleconference notes


Some brief unconnected notes from Kevin Wilson’s Wednesday teleconference.

– Cornerback Lawrence Barnett, linebacker Forisse Hardin and wide receiver Kofi Hughes are back in the mix this week after serving one-game suspensions for violations of team rules. That doesn’t mean they will automatically be starting, however. Hardin was already listed as a backup at linebacker. Even though Barnett and Hughes were listed as starters at the end of camp, they are listed as backups on this week’s depth chart, and Wilson suggested it wouldn’t be easy for either of them to earn their jobs back. Neither have missed practice time and both were on scout team last week working against the first and second teams.

“There’s nothing by default here,” Wilson said, responding to a question specifically about Barnett. “He played some last year. That doesn’t mean he’s gonna play a lot in this game. We’ll just wait and see how it goes. He’ll have some special team role. Does he play a lot on defense? A little bit? I don’t see a guy missing. I think receiver-wise, I think some of those receivers have played as good or better than Kofi. I think several defensive backs have been as good or better than Lawrence. It’s nice that he’s back with us. It would’ve been really nice if he was with us the whole time.”

– Massachusetts has made for a slightly unnerving scout for Indiana. It’s not that the Minutemen do anything extremely out of the ordinary, but putting together clues of what they might to has required lots of research and guessing.

Wilson and his staff could only get so much from UMass’s season opener against Connecticut, as the Minutemen totaled 59 yards of offense in a 37-0 loss. They had to look back at tape of UMass from last year to get an understanding of their personnel and their players’ tendencies, but they were operating with a much different offense — a pro-style offense as opposed to the spread attack they’re running now. To get an idea of what the Minutemen do schematically, the Hoosiers had to check out film from Notre Dame, where UMass coach Charley Monar was the offensive coordinator last year. Defensively, they had to look to Purdue where defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian was coaching linebackers. To get a clue what the Minutemen wanted to do on Special Teams, they had to check out tape from Yale, where special teams coordinator Roderick Plummer had been working.

“These are games that I always have a hard time with,” Wilson said. “… It’s kind of confusing and it’s kind of frustrating, because as you watch tape, you also watch players. But for the majority of tape we’re watching, we’re watching players we’re not gonna play against. I never like playing opening games playing teams with new staffs. Not that I was worried about them changing, it’s just harder than I want it to be. I don’t know. Visually I just always struggle with that view of football.”

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16 comments:

  • Podunker #1


    Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:24 PM EDT

    “There’s nothing by default here,” Wilson said.

    Classic. You got to love a guy that walks his talk.

  • Hoosier Clarion #2


    Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 10:21 PM EDT

    Po, indeed. That is a big reason why I believe he will succeed here big time.

  • HoosierFan12 #3


    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 11:06 AM EDT

    Personally, I’m excited to see the team play on the road this Saturday. From what I’ve been hearing online, everyone has been working really hard preparing for the next game. Coaches have even mentioned that these week’s practices have been some of the best they’ve had since they’ve been here. I’m hoping to see that improvement this weekend and hoping to finally get that win on the road.

  • Podunker #4


    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 8:04 PM EDT

    Hoosierfan12; There’s nothing like narrowly escaping an “upset” in your home opener to get a team focused on what it needs to do to improve. Saturday’s game was a wake-up call for the team. The won in spite of their mistakes, so they feel like they dodged a bullet, but know they can’t afford to make those same mistakes again.

    I think Iu will play well and I’m hoping for a big victory over UMass.

  • Keith #5


    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 10:18 PM EDT

    Poopdunker, I agree: Wilson is the man.

  • HoosierFan12 #6


    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 10:54 PM EDT

    You’re totally right Podunker; if Indiana State had capitalized on the opportunities that IU gave them, it would have been a sad sad Saturday night. Either way, predictions for this Saturday against the Minutemen? I have IU winning 24-10. Tre throws for over 200 yds and 2 TD’s and D’Angelo runs for one more, while special teams helps Ewald kick a 30yd field goal.

  • Chet #7


    Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 11:35 PM EDT

    I think Mass will fumble on the 32 yard line with 2:12 remaining in the first half.

  • Chet #8


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 8:17 AM EDT

    HoosierFan12,
    You’ve just described the outcome of about 50% of the games on any given weekend.

  • Keith #9


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:26 AM EDT

    Poopdunker,

    Look, the minute men are coming!

  • Hoosier Clarion #10


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:42 AM EDT

    …and if IU had also capitalized on all the scoring possibilities that went awry the final would have been IU 44 and ISU 27…that knife cuts both ways…

  • HoosierFan12 #11


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:50 AM EDT

    Chet, yeah that’s the outcome of most games…but we’re talking about IU Football here! They’re still young and like it or not will make dumb mistakes.

  • iufan23 #12


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 10:53 AM EDT

    The UMass game will be a challenge but we should certainly expect to win. For a young and undermanned team like IU, any road game is daunting. We all know that UMass is not experienced at this level but neither are we, so the teams are fairly evenly matched.

  • Keith #13


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 1:13 PM EDT

    Agreed. Easy win tomorrow. Yeah!

  • Keith #14


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 1:28 PM EDT

    Poopdunker and Hoosier Clarabelle are by far the best on this site!

  • davis #15


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:35 PM EDT

    I predict v. Mass. that IU will go for it on fourth and four at it’s own thirty when the game is tied with three minutes left in the third quarter. IU doesn’t make it and loses. Wilson is hailed as an offensive genius misunderstood by the masses.

  • davis #16


    Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:36 PM EDT

    Oops. Should have been “its,” not “it’s.”

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