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Wilson wants Diamont’s play to speak for itself

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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Indiana holding Haunted Hall of Hoops on Saturday at noon

Indiana will hold its annual Haunted Hall of Hoops on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Doors open at noon so that fans can watch an open practice and scrimmage, with a costume parade to follow on the floor at approximately 1:45 p.m. Players and coaches will also be available for group pictures.

“We always enjoy this event with our fans,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. “It’s important to have our team prepare as many times as they can in front of people and there are no better fans to play in front of than the Hoosier Nation.”

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Lillard named B1G Defensive Player of the Week

IU freshman center back Grant Lillard earned his first career player of the week award from the Big Ten Monday, bouncing back from taking three stitches to score a goal and shutout Michigan in the second half of Indiana’s 3-1 victory Sunday. He also was part of a 1-0 shutout vs. Notre Dame last Wednesday. Here’s the full IU release:

Indiana University freshman defender Grant Lillard was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Monday after a week that saw him shine on both the offensive and defensive end of the field.

Indiana opened last week with a 1-0 victory over then-No. 1 Notre Dame at Armstrong Stadium. Lillard helped anchor a defense that shut out the reigning National Champions for just the fourth time this season.

On Sunday Lillard played a key role in the Hoosiers’ 3-1 win at Michigan despite missing most of the first half after a cut above his right eye forced him to leave the game. Thirty seconds after re-entering the match to start the second half, Lillard brought Indiana back from a goal down with a header off Jamie Vollmer’s long throw to tie the score at 1-1.

It was Lillard’s third goal this season. In the 72nd minute he notched his first career assist as he helped set up a goal from Tanner Thompson that put IU up 3-1.

The Hoosiers (10-2-3) are back in action Wednesday as they travel to Evansville. Game time is 8 p.m. ET.

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Player video from Monday’s football availability #iufb

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Yogi Ferrell’s Laser Cat is just the best

Without further introduction, Yogi Ferrell and his Laser Cat. I think it’s a Laser Cat, anyway.

Happy Monday.

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Penn State game on Nov. 8 to kick off at noon

Indiana’s Nov. 8 home game against Penn State will kick off at noon, the program announced Monday.

The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
For Hanner Mosquerea-Perea, success this season is all about keeping the game simple, Mike writes.

No. 8 IU soccer rallied past Michigan with three second-half goals on Sunday, we reported.

Hoosier Hysteria welcomed the new guys on the IU men’s team with a new tradition, the awarding of the candy-stripe pants, Mike wrote.

A seven-month wait to celebrate Indiana basketball ended with a strong show of support by the fans at Hoosier Hysteria, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
IU football sits dead last in the latest Big Ten power rankings, according to Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News.

James Blackmon’s readiness to play is among the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage lessons, Kent Sterling of kentsterling.com writes.

3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
Divisive Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is sharing the hot seat with Brady Hoke, John U. Bacon of thepostgame.com writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A theme song for Hanner Mosquera-Perea, “Simple” by Collective Soul live at Woodstock ’99.

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