1. HOOSIERS HQ
Mentoring younger players is part of IU senior running back D’Angelo Roberts’ focus, Mike writes.
New Indiana baseball coach Chris Lemonis is opening the doors to fall practices and scrimmages for fans, Mike writes.
IU basketball will play Northwood in a second exhibition game in November, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
A look at Indiana football’s recruiting wish list, from Justin Kenny of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.
Fort Wayne’s James Knapke is giving Bowling Green fans a reason to stay on the Falcons’ bandwagon entering Saturday’s game with Indiana, Thomas Schmeltz of the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune writes.
The first installment of a series looking at the Big Ten’s 25 best basketball players, from Alex Bozich at Inside the Hall.
Statistics indicate that Kevin Wilson’s fourth-down gambles might not be such a poor bet after all, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com blogs.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A Kevin Wilson dedication — Abba with “Take a Chance on Me.”
Kyle Hart spent the summer on the sidelines and he’s prepared to do the same over the fall.
It’s a long road back from Tommy John surgery, but Hart is nearing the midway point of the process. After undergoing the procedure in the spring to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Hart is still two months shy of throwing a bullpen session.
But the process is moving along as he hoped, with Hart still expecting to be ready to participate in time for the 2015 spring season.
“From what I’ve been told, by the time the season rolls around, I should be pretty much available,” Hart said. “Usually these things can take anywhere from 10-12 months, so I still have a long way to go, but the slow part is over. The summer rehab and no throwing — that part is over. I’m into the throwing stage of it and being in class, being in practice, being over (at Bart Kaufman Field) every day is kind of making it go a little faster.”
Before going down with the left elbow injury, Hart appeared in nine games, including six starts, compiling a 3-1 record and a 2.29 ERA. He held opponents to a .160 average, while yielding 19 hits over 35 1/3 innings.
Right now, he’s one of the many IU players adjusting to new coach Chris Lemonis, who is getting his first chance to work with his team as a whole this week during fall practice.
Through two official days, so far so good.
“Now we’re getting on the field together and learning the signs, learning the bunt defenses, learning some of the base running ins and outs and just some of the stuff that not all college baseball coaches do the same,” Hart said. “That’s where we’re at right now. Once we get over this week, week-and-a-half period of learning what we do at the beginning of practice, how we stretch, just where we need to be, that’s when we can really start honing in on team skills and even individual skills. We’ll start scrimmaging here in the next few days and that will really show where we’re at offensively, defensively and on the mound. Then we can kind of go from there to finish fall ball with really fine tuning.”
Although we’re deep in the heart of a football game week, I’m always willing to stop the train for a little basketball update.
Nothing major to report here, just a few scheduling notes.
Indiana announced Tuesday it has added a second exhibition game, which we expected to be the case. The Hoosiers will unofficially open the season with a game against Northwood at Assembly Hall on Nov. 6. That game will be followed by IU’s second and final exhibition tune-up against University of Indianapolis on Nov. 10. No tip-off times have been released.
It’s also worth mentioning that Indiana’s Crossroads Classic matchup against Butler will start at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Indiana soccer’s Patrick Doody and Colin Webb earned offensive and defensive player of the week honors from the Big Ten Tuesday, while the Hoosiers moved up one spot to No. 11 in the NSCAA poll this week. Here’s the full Big Ten release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University senior defender Patrick Doody and sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb were honored by the Big Ten Conference for their performances this past weekend as IU went 2-0 en route to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament title.
Doody was named co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Ohio State’s Joao Ehlers, while Webb picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week.
Doody helped anchor a defense that posted its second and third shutouts of the year with 1-0 wins over Kentucky and Dartmouth, but it was his offense that made the difference against the Big Green. With less than three minutes off the clock against Dartmouth, Doody hit a free kick into the upper right for his first goal of the season and the game winner.
Webb was again solid in goal for the Hoosiers, picking up his second-straight shutout while not having to make a save in the 1-0 win over Kentucky. On Sunday against Dartmouth he made four saves, including a penalty kick stop that kept the Big Green scoreless. Webb has played all 367:59 minutes in goal this season, allowing just one score for a 0.24 GAA.
Doody and Webb were joined by Dylan Lax and Billy McConnell on the Mike Berticelli All-Tournament Team.
Indiana (3-0-1) opens Big Ten play this Saturday as it plays host to the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0-1) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.
First-year Indiana baseball coach Chris Lemonis is opening Bart Kaufman Field over the next six weeks for IU’s fall practice session.
I spent a little bit of time Tuesday afternoon at The Bart talking with Lemonis and Indiana pitcher Kyle Hart. I’ll post pieces of those conversations later today on the Scoop, with a story to follow in Wednesday’s print edition.
Until then, you can find Indiana’s schedule for the next month-and-a-half after the jump.
“Everything is open,” Lemonis said. “We never close the doors. We’re always trying to gain fans.”
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Indiana released its latest two-deep on Tuesday and there aren’t any notable changes from the listed starters for the Indiana State game. Isaiah Roundtree is listed as a starter over J-Shun Harris at wide receiver, while Shane Wynn is listed as the punt returner despite Harris serving as the main return man against the Sycamores.
As stated many other times on this blog, IU’s early week two-deep is typically not a great indication of where everyone stands heading into a game. The only true indication comes Saturday when you actually see it on the field.
Alas, here is this week’s Indiana depth chart for Bowling Green.
LT: Jason Spriggs, Dimitric Camiel
LG: David Kaminski, Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig, Jake Reed
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey
RT: Ralson Evans, Peyton Eckert
WR: Shane Wynn, Ricky Jones or Dominique Booth
WR: Nick Stoner, Simmie Cobbs
WR: Isaiah Roundtree, J-Shun Harris
QB: Nate Sudfeld, Nate Boudreau or Zander Diamont
RB: Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts
TE: Michael Cooper or Jordan Fuchs
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The proof will come on Saturday at Bowling Green, but Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns believes his Hoosiers made the most of their bye week.
Mainly, IU was able to dedicate a week to self-improvement, while fine-tuning some of the areas that didn’t look quite game-ready when the Hoosiers opened their season on Aug. 30 against Indiana State. That includes Indiana’s passing attack, which appeared to be of sync in a toned down offensive showing.
With IU introducing a partially revamped look and plenty of new faces, that’s understandable. So the Hoosiers went to practice last week intent on fixing some of the timing and hesitation that was apparent in the season opener.
“We feel like we tried to go back and say, ‘What are our base concepts that we need to get really good at?’” Johns said. “Let’s just go run those during the bye week.’ The kids did an outstanding job of busting their tails, working hard and learning from the tape. Hopefully, we can go out on the game field and show what we’ve learned, show how we’ve grown and hopefully have better execution in the passing game.”
That’s not to say it’s only the young guys who need the attention. Even an experienced target like Shane Wynn has required extra work while he transitions to the outside. Fellow seniors Nick Stoner and Isaiah Roundtree are also in line for their most exposure since coming to IU. They need more repetitions with Sudfeld, just has he needs the same with them.
The Hoosiers are also working with a mostly-new set of tight ends, too.
“We’ve really tried to concentrate hard to make sure that the quarterback is throwing the balls to the guys he needs to throw to, so he’s getting timing with guys he throws to,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said. “In other words we don’t want to throw a go ball to a freshman we’re red shirting if Nate is throwing it. Throw that with one of the young quarterbacks. That kid needs that work, but I don’t want that to be Nate’s shot. I want that to be with Stoner or with Shane Wynn, one of the guys that’s playing, so it’s just a little bit more how you practice it, and we’ve worked hard at it and I think we’re gaining, but hopefully we’ll keep gaining throughout the year, every day, every week.”