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Wilson looking for a steady hand at quarterback #iufb

CHICAGO — He doesn’t necessarily care how far his quarterback can throw the ball, and he won’t be easily impressed by deep shots to the end zone.

Kevin Wilson is more interested in finding a quarterback that can manage his offense, execute plays with confidence and take care of the football.

When preseason camp opens in Bloomington a week from today, junior college transfer Richard Lagow and junior Zander Diamont will be among the quarterbacks trying to show the Indiana coach they can be that guy.

Speaking at the Big Ten’s annual media day event on Tuesday, Wilson said he’s not ready to name a replacement for Nate Sudfeld, the program’s career passing leader.

Instead, he’s looking to preside over a battle.

“I just don’t think it’s right to anoint someone until they’ve earned it,” Wilson said. “…. I was at Oklahoma when Adrian Peterson walked in the first day. He was different. But he didn’t start till game four or five … You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to earn their respect, especially at quarterback.

“It’s not being coy. I’ve got some guys who have been in that program from three years, busting their tail every day and one of them didn’t even practice in the spring.” (more…)

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VIDEO: Wilson speaks at Big Ten Media Days


IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson being interviewed by reporters at Big Ten Media Day.

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Kevin Wilson transcript from Big Ten Media Days #iufb

THE MODERATOR: Our next coach is Indiana’s Kevin Wilson. Wilson enters his sixth season at the helm after leading the Hoosiers to the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the program’s first post season appearance since 2007. Indiana returned 17 starters from last year’s team, including eight on both offense and defense.

Coach, go ahead with opening statement.

COACH WILSON: All right. Thank you. Good morning. Everybody awake? We good to go?

Like a lot of us, again, our thoughts with not just the Nebraska and Michigan State football families, but I had a chance at the National Football Foundation to actually sit with Mike Sadler’s parents a couple years ago. We had a player up for that deal.

So as a dad and two kids in college and several kids in high school, just feel for their families. And as a program, we send our prayers for those guys.

Good to be here. I think we’re continuing to grow as a program.

We appreciate the opportunity the administration has committed to us to continue to advance our program. We got a lot of things going on from facilities to stabilizing of our staff to recruiting and whatnot. So we are encouraged where we are at.

We are not pleased where we’re at. We’ve been very competitive, a little bit inconsistent the last few years and let a few games slip away that we’ve been in, but we played some very good football and what I think is a tremendous brand in college football. A great bracket in the Big 10 East, just a great bracket in Big 10 because the West is awfully strong as well. (more…)

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Wilson hopes Patrick will be cleared by Big Ten opener #iufb

CHICAGO — Kevin Wilson fanned the hype surrounding Camion Patrick after IU’s win in the Old Oaken Bucket game last November.

Weeks ahead of a new season, Wilson isn’t stopping now.

Wilson is hopeful Patrick will be recovered from a torn ACL in time for Big Ten play in early October. When Patrick eventually is ready to join Indiana’s active roster, Wilson believes he could be Indiana’s top skill player.

“We do have a lot of backs and we do have a lot of receivers,” Wilson said. “And I think he’s the best of all of them.”

That’s high praise from Wilson, who is typically careful not to overhype players, especially those who have not yet played for him.

Patrick, apparently, is different. (more…)

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VIDEO: Big Ten Football Media Day


IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson at the podium during Big Ten Football Media Day.

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Wilson updates fall roster: Drayton didn’t make it, Griffith could miss season #iufb

CHICAGO — It’s been a relatively quiet off-season for Indiana’s football program.

That’s a good thing.

Kevin Wilson had only a few minor roster updates to provide on Tuesday, beginning with three-star signee Brandon Drayton. The incoming freshman safety out of Florida was unable to gain admission to IU and will not join the Hoosiers’ football program. Wilson said he believes Drayton may have found a new school, but he wasn’t positive.

Either way, he’s not coming to IU.

That’s certainly disappointing for a secondary that can always use talent and able bodies. The good news is that each of the 20 other players in IU’s February signing class has either already received clearance for camp, or will receive that clearance soon.

Incoming freshman defensive lineman Allen Stallings must complete a class before he can join the team for preseason camp, but Wilson said Stallings is doing well with the coursework and should have the class wrapped up this week.

“We have all indications that things are good,” Williams said about Stallings. “Everyone else has finished their other work. Everyone is in good shape. Academic-wise, everybody is good.” (more…)

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IU releases initial fall depth chart #iufb

CHICAGO — Here’s the first look at Indiana’s depth chart entering next week’s preseason camp.

Keep in mind, Kevin Wilson’s public depth chart typically doesn’t carry a lot of weight. But, at the very least, you can use this as a guide for where guys are and where things stand. Starters in bold.

OFFENSE
LT: Brandon Knight,
Delroy Baker
LG: Wes Martin, Jacob Bailey
C: Wes Rogers, Simon Stepaniak
RG: Dan Feeney, Simon Stepaniak
RT: Dimitric Camiel, DaVondre Love
WR: Ricky Jones, Luke Timian
WR: Simmie Cobbs, Nick Westbrook
WR: Mitchell Paige, J-Shun Harris
QB: Danny Cameron or Zander Diamont or Richard Lagow
RB: Devine Redding, Mike Majette
TE: Danny Friend, Jordan Fuchs (more…)

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