Hoosier Morning

IU football is starting to gather some defensive momentum, even if there’s still plenty to work on, Mike writes.

Ohio native Zack Shaw has already been studying up for one last shot at No. 1 Ohio State, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Indiana’s offensive success can be largely attributed to the linemen, Terry Hutchens of the Associated Press writes.

Ohio State still looks back at its 2012 visit to Bloomington as a low point, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

Indiana and Ohio State will meet as unbeatens for the first time since 1942, David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News writes.

The latest bowl projections have Indiana in the Quick Lane Bowl or Armed Forces Bowl, reports.

De’Ron Davis’ high school coach recaps his visit to IU and decision-making process, with Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.

Yogi Ferrell still has more to achieve as a senior, reports.

IU basketball games against Duke and Notre Dame are among the top 30 games to watch this season, Terrence Payne of writes.

Former Hoosier Remy Abell talks about Indiana, Xavier and being related to Wilma Rudolph and Bo Jackson in this Q-and-A with Jon Teitel of

Tom Crean says James Blackmon Jr. is fully cleared to begin practice on Friday after surgery for a torn meniscus over the summer, Jon Rothstein of writes.

Sending one out for Zack Shaw and all the Buckeyes on the Hoosier roster — The Ohio Players with “Fire” live in 1975 on The Midnight Special.


VIDEO: Nate Sudfeld appears on BTN Live #iufb


Recapping Wake Forest and looking ahead to Ohio State #iufb

It was Indiana’s most encouraging defensive effort of the season, and to linebacker Tegray Scales, it came at the most important time.

The first three games of IU’s perfect non-conference run provided glimpses of potential for a beleaguered defense. There were takeaways, key stops and a concentration on playing faster and more aggressively. Saturday’s win at Wake Forest saw a confluence of each of those factors, and as the Hoosiers prepare to host No. 1 Ohio State this weekend, they finally have positive defensive momentum to spin forward.

“It’s a confidence boost for our team,” Scales said. “Especially going into a game that we’re going into this week.”

Kevin Wilson and his coaching staff partially viewed Saturday’s win through a lens of what is still missing. Despite a season-best six sacks, Wilson says the Hoosiers are still too slow at the line of scrimmage, they’re too slow in their blitzing and they’re not as assertive or as aggressive as they need to be. And yet Indiana (4-0) has its best takeoff under Wilson — its best start to a season in 25 years — and a better sense of the direction its defense can move toward as Big Ten play begins.

While the overall optics of the defense show a unit that is still far from complete, the gradual progression during a crucial non-conference sweep give Wilson hope that the growth has only begun.

“To me that’s encouraging,” Wilson said. “We’re not playing our best, but yet we’re still seeing a lot of good things. So when you’re playing bad, you can always get better. Well, we’re playing pretty good in spots, and if we could just kind of keep syncing and working and getting it together (we’ll be OK).”

Indiana’s defense came out swinging in Saturday’s win at Wake Forest, starting the game with three consecutive three-and-outs and bringing life to a previously stagnant, if not absent, pass rush.

Most impressively, was Indiana’s ability to frustrate the Deacons up front. Of the Wake Forest’s 80 plays, 41 of them produced zero or negative yards. A number of those were incomplete passes, but Indiana followed through on its mission to chase and fluster freshman quarterback Kendall Hinton.

“That was good to get the pressure and good to have some of those plays,” Wilson said, “but I don’t think it’s close to what it can be, and their ability to get lined up, get their cleats on the ground, get their eyes on the target and go sic it a little bit (can be better). So we’re going to keep working on it. It’s better, but it’s a long way from what I think it ought to be. I’m going to keep working on that.” (more…)


VIDEO: Cobbs, Scales look back and look ahead


Howard named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week #iufb

The Big Ten announced Monday that Indiana junior running back Jordan Howard has earned Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.

In Saturday’s win at Wake Forest, Howard became the only Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program when he logged 168 yards on 33 carries (5.1 average) and a score in the 31-24 victory.

He leads the nation with 675 rushing yards and is second with 168.8 per game (first in Big Ten) and 111 attempts (second), fourth with 743 all-purpose yards (first) and sixth with 185.8 per game (first). Of Howard’s 111 carries, 37 (33.3 percent) have resulted in either a first down or a score and 104 (93.7) have gone for positive yardage.

Howard, who shares the weekly honor with Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, is the first Hoosier to collect the award since running back Tevin Coleman on Oct. 13, 2014. IU true freshman safety Jonathan Crawford was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week last week.

Since the start of 2013, Howard is first nationally among active backs with 3,143 rushing yards, 562 attempts and 10 150-yard games, second with 15 100-yard games, third with 116.4 rushing yards per game and 3,366 yards from scrimmage, fourth with 124.7 yards from scrimmage per game and tied for sixth with two 200-yard games.

Indiana is 4-0 for the first time since 1990 and the sixth time in school history. The Hoosiers take a five-game winning streak, the program’s longest since 1987 (five), into Saturday’s matchup against top-ranked Ohio State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. ABC — with a reverse mirror on ESPN2 — will broadcast the game.


Hoosier Morning

Andrew Gutman’s first career goal came close to home and lifted Indiana soccer to a 1-0 victory over Northwestern, we reported.

At 4-0, IU football controls its own destiny thanks to a pass rush, Nate Sudfeld, Simmie Cobbs and Jordan Howard, Mike writes.

Ten quick notes from Indiana’s win over Wake Forest, by Sam Beishuizen of

A battle of unbeatens between Ohio State and Indiana is a surprise, Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

Former Hoosier Tevin Coleman may be splitting duties when he returns from injury after Devonta Freeman’s big day for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dave Choate of writes.

Nick Zeisloft is making the most of his opportunity as a Hoosier, reports.

Yogi Ferrell will have to up his game if he wants to hear his name called in the 2016 NBA Draft, James Fitzgerald of writes.

Andrew Gutman, hometown hero, can only mean The Boss — “My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen live in 1985.


Notes from IU’s 31-24 win at Wake Forest #iufb

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Indiana running back Jordan Howard doesn’t lack in physicality or toughness, nor does he fall short with bravado.

“I embrace contact,” Howard said. “If they want to try, bring it on.”

Howard’s tough and physical running style caught another victim on Saturday, when Wake Forest safety Ryan Janvion led with his helmet on an attempted tackle in the first half. Janvion appeared woozy as he took to his feet and didn’t return to the game, while Howard ran his way to yet another 100-yard effort.

It was another important rushing performance for the IU junior, especially on a wet afternoon when Nate Sudfeld didn’t have the same touch and precision as usual. So Howard’s ability to grind out yards yet again allowed Indiana to move the ball while avoiding stagnancy.

Howard rushed for 168 yards, while averaging 5.1 yards on 33 carries. He recorded his 15th career 100-yard game, his ninth 150-yard game and has now rushed for at least 100 yards in eight straight games dating back to last year. His position coach, Deland McCullough, tweeted after the game that Howard is the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision during the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games.

“We started out a little slow, but we still (did) what we know best and it opened up for us,” said Howard, who gave IU a 24-10 lead on his two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Howard also combined with backup Devine Redding to post IU’s third consecutive 200-yard rushing game.

“We feel confident in what we have and the way Jordan is running the ball and the way our O-line can kind of take over games,” Sudfeld said. “We’re just playing to our strengths, which we have a lot of.” (more…)


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