He was a late addition to Indiana’s incoming recruiting class, only signing to play football in Bloomington during the first week of July.
But freshman quarterback Danny Cameron’s role with the Hoosiers has taken on a greater meaning after the losses of both Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington. Cameron is third on the depth chart this week, backing up starter Zander Diamont and second-stringer Nate Boudreau.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson extended a scholarship to Cameron after a summer visit, hoping to build depth at the quarterback position after the spring transfers of Tre Roberson and Cam Coffman.
Cameron isn’t in an open competition for the starting job, but his presence on the roster is important for Wilson and IU.
“We’re pleased with him,” Wilson said. “We offered him because we thought he could help us in case some things happened. So at the time when the situation happened in the summer, and all of a sudden we had a void at quarterback, we looked around. We thought that was an option that could help us. Right now he’s our third.”
Cameron, the son of former IU player and coach Cam, played his high school football between Loyola Blakefield in Maryland and Baton Rouge Catholic in Louisiana, transferring after his father went from serving as offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens to filling the same job at LSU. Last year in Baton Rouge he split time between defensive back and quarterback, completing 23 of his 44 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
For Indiana safety Mark Murphy, football is a passion he shares with his father, Mike writes.
Jamie Vollmer is Indiana soccer’s surprise scoring leader as the No. 2 Hoosiers head to Evansville, I wrote.
A trio of IU men’s golfers placed in the top 10 Tuesday, we reported in our roundup.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU’s Yogi Ferrell comes in as No. 37 in the nation’s top 100 players, though his supporting cast is not so highly thought of, according to Brandon Rutherford of SBnation.com.
Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are changing their attitude in search of changing the results this season, the Associated Press writes.
Freshman James Blackmon welcomes the challenge of being defended by Yogi Ferrell in practice, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Is Indiana still a basketball state, is the question posed by Tori Ziege of the Indiana Daily Student.
Three coaches, three takes on the transfer epidemic in college basketball, Evan Hoopfer of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Michael Jordan weighs in on former Hoosier and Charlotte rookie Noah Vonleh as the Hornets prep for tonight’s season opener, Alex Bozich at Inside the Hall posts.
T-shirts in favor of Michigan and in favor of Michigan firing AD Dave Brandon will be rolled out Saturday vs. Indiana, Alejandro Zuniga of the Michigan Daily writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For the Murphy’s, Cat Stevens with “Father and Son” live.
Brady Hoke can draw on last season and the ones before to know how a Kevin Wilson offense is capable of performing at Indiana.
This year, the Michigan coach is preparing more for the unknown.
With only one game to scout IU quarterback Zander Diamont, coupled with Indiana’s claims that it has altered some of its offensive philosophies, Hoke isn’t quite sure what his Wolverines should expect from Indiana at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
“When you are getting ready defensively, how are they going to play the game?” Hoke said. “Not from a schematic standpoint, a lot of those sort of things. Who are their playmakers and what will they feel comfortable with (for) the young quarterback in the football game?”
During his weekly teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, Hoke mentioned last season’s back-and-forth shootout at Michigan Stadium when it took a few late Indiana mistakes for Michigan to wrap up the 63-47 win. In that game, no Hoosier came close to matching Jeremy Gallon’s Big Ten-record 369 receiving yards on 14 catches.
Both teams are constructed differently entering this year’s meeting, but Hoke says he’ll have his eyes on IU receiver Shane Wynn and running back Tevin Coleman. Of course, after a forgettable passing attack in Diamont’s debut two weeks ago against Michigan State, Indiana will have to prove it can get the ball to Wynn with efficiency.
But Michigan isn’t discounting Indiana’s ability to create big plays. He’s just not exactly sure which way the Hoosiers will get them.
“Wynn is a very good playmaker and he has proven that over the years,” Hoke said. “He is a guy that returns kicks, he also reverses. We know him pretty well because he is a Glennville (High School) guy. He is a guy who is very athletic.
“Tevin Coleman, all you have to do is watch him. You watch one game and it doesn’t matter what game. He breaks tackles and has breakaway finishing speed. I don’t know if that would be the right way to put it. I think I would put it, we always stress (stopping big plays). We worked on pursuit, we worked on leverage, we worked on getting off blocks and all those things. When you don’t do those things, that is when bad things happen, tackling being a part of it. There is always an emphasis on not giving up big plays.”
There are no major changes to report on the latest Indiana two-deep, which was released by the program on Tuesday afternoon. The only modifications come at quarterback, where Zander Diamont is listed as the starter, with Nate Boudreau and Danny Cameron behind him.
Also of note, defensive lineman Darius Latham is still not highlighted as a starter even though he has started each of the last four games next to Bobby Richardson and Adarius Rayner.
LT: Jason Spriggs, Dimitric Camiel
LG: David Kaminski, Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig, Jake Reed
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey
RT: Ralston Evans, Peyton Eckert
WR: Shane Wynn, Ricky Jones, Dominique Booth
WR: Nick Stoner, Simmie Cobbs
WR: J-Shun Harris, Damon Graham
QB: Zander Diamont, Nate Boudreau, Danny Cameron
RB: Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts
TE: Michael Cooper or Anthony Corsaro, Jordan Fuchs (more…)
GoPro cameras won’t be coming to Indiana football practice anytime soon.
IU coach Kevin Wilson says he isn’t keen on strapping the portable camera devices to the helmets of his young quarterbacks to see what they see. It’s a recent practice among some football coaches, who are trying to gain a little more understanding of what their quarterbacks are seeing while they make their progressions.
Wilson, however, doesn’t see much value in the idea. Especially with all the sudden, jarring movement on the tape.
“I’ve never been a motion sickness guy, but every time I watch a film (on a GoPro), I almost get motion sick,” Wilson said. “Like, I’m not a car sick or air sick dude, but it bounces so much, I don’t know how you see things because the guy is moving around and all that deal.”
“We haven’t done it. Some guys do it. A lot of great coaches have. We haven’t done that GoPro stuff on the helmet yet. One of the things we do do in practice — even though you might only have one guy throwing — the second and third quarterback stand behind and they play the play because I might be five yards or six yards deep in the quarterback, but I can see things. We can tell right there without a ball, ‘Hey, why did you throw?’ because he actually throws without a ball. ‘Hey, you’re throwing here and the rotation is here. Shouldn’t you be going this way?’ So we try to cheat the system. But I’ve never been a GoPro guy.”
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson expects Zander Diamont’s play to do the talking this week, Mike writes.
IU freshman guard Robert Johnson brings value beyond scoring to the table already, Mike writes.
Soccer’s Grant Lillard earned Big Ten honors, and women’s golf is tied for 11th, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU football is allowing opponents a touchdown on 100 percent of their red zone drive and other numbers, by Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com.
A Q-and-A with much ballyhooed IU women’s basketball freshman guard Tyra Buss, by Alex McCarthy at Inside Indiana.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s demise is in the details, and it’s time for him to go, Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit Free Press writes.
Former Hoosier Victor Oladipo had successful surgery over the weekend and is expected to miss a month with a facial fracture, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
The Charlotte Hornets should trade Noah Vonleh to the Pacers for David West, or so says Joseph Crevier at rantsports.com.
NCAA president Mark Emmert calls the Wainstein Report at UNC “troubling,” the Associated Press reports.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Sending out a song for Zander Diamont this morning, Mike and the Mechanics with “Silent Running.”
Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont isn’t talking this week.
When you throw for only 11 yards in your first game, you don’t get a microphone.
“He needs to work instead of talk,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “I’ll talk for him.”
So Wilson was quite clear during his weekly media availability Monday afternoon. No, the true freshman Diamont was not effective in his first start on Oct. 18 against Michigan State. But Wilson and the Hoosiers expect improvement when they take the field at Michigan on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
While many of IU’s local players returned home for a couple days over the bye week, Diamont was one of the Hoosiers who stayed in Bloomington. He used the team’s downtime to get extra repetitions with his available receivers, he tended to his footwork and he watched film. Offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said Diamont’s eyes were bigger after he came off the field against the Spartans, realizing for the first time exactly how big, how strong and how tough defenders at this level tend to be.
So he went to work, and the Hoosiers are hoping to see the results pay off this weekend. That’s because no one is conceding the season with five games to play.
“We have all the confidence in the world in Alexander Diamont and the players do, too,” Johns said. “So does Alexander. I don’t think any of us are walking around with our heads down like we have no shot. We’re gonna be just fine.” (more…)
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