Wilson on quarterbacks: “We’ll see how it plays out”

Kevin Wilson continues to insist that he doesn’t have a quarterback controversy, but he also doesn’t know who his quarterback is going to be on Saturday.

The Indiana football coach expects redshirt sophomore Ed Wright-Baker, who started the first four games of the season, to be back in practice this week after sitting out Saturday’s 16-10 loss to Penn State with an ankle injury, but he isn’t sure how ready to play he will be by Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game against Illinois. That could lead to Dusty Kiel maintaining the starting spot for another week after getting the start against Penn State, or it could not.

“He practiced a little more yesterday,” Wilson said. “He got kind of an ankle sprain in the fourth quarter, or maybe it was the third quarter, at North Texas. Played through it, battled through it. But when he came back it just wasn’t very mobile last week. I think last week he threw three balls in practice. He did practice yesterday. I don’t know if he’s full tilt. I think as we go through the week, he looks good. Looks like he’ll have a shot. That being said right now, Dusty’s played. I don’t know if it’s so much a controversy as it is that one guy’s a little more healthy. They’re both capable of playing well. We’ll see how it plays as we go forward.” (more…)

Wright-Baker, Kiel separated by “or” on depth chart

This week’s Indiana football depth chart suggests that there is very much a quarterback battle again. Redshirt sophomores Ed Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel are separated by the word “or” on the depth chart after Kiel started against Penn State this week. Wright-Baker did not play apparently because of an injured ankle. Kiel completed 22 of 45 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown against one interception in the 16-10 loss. Wright-Baker has completed 62 percent of his passes for 925 yards and four touchdowns against two interceptions in four starts this season.

There were a few other interesting moves on the depth chart. JUCO transfer Stephen Houston is listed as the starting tailback ahead of D’Angelo Roberts, who missed Saturday’s game with a concussion. Freshman defensive end Bobby Richardson is still listed as the starting left end after earning his first start this week, and Forisse and Drew Hardin are listed as the starting safeties after both made their first starts. Chris Adkins is listed as the backup free safety and Alexander Webb is listed as the strong safety. Injured senior Jarrell Drane and senior Donnell Jones are both off the depth chart. (more…)

IU-Wisconsin on ESPN2

Indiana’s noon game at Wisconsin on Oct. 15 will be televised on ESPN2. The release follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana-Wisconsin football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, will kick off at 11 a.m. CDT/noon EDT in Madison, Wis., and will be televised on ESPN2, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. All games can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Buck Suhr and Joe Smith) and on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Hosting its second straight Leaders Division opponent, the Hoosiers (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) welcome No. 19/16 Illinois (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) to Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EDT and the BTN will broadcast the game.

ScoopTalk: Indiana loses a close one to Penn State

Hoosiers come up short against Penn State, 16-10

There was a pass rush. There were crucial 3rd down stops. There were pass breakups. And there was a late-game drive.

There was even a chance to win. But when all was said and done in Indiana’s 16-10 loss to Penn State, it was the inadequacies on the offensive line, the abundance of three-and-outs, and one heartbreaking deep pass play, that proved superior. (more…)

Live Game Chat: Indiana vs. Penn State

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IU-Penn State reports and analysis from Andy Graham

PREGAME: Gorgeous day for football here at Memorial Stadium. Whether or not we see gorgeous football is a whole other thing. Indiana looked awful through most of last week’s loss at North Texas, and Penn State’s offense hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. But as Buck Suhr correctly noted in the pregame radio discussion on IU’s network: “You could take an all-star team from the first four opponents Indiana played and not come up with a front seven on defense as good as Penn State’s.” Exactly. IU’s offensive line has struggled, but might really have its hands full today.

That is the context in which Dusty Kiel might get his first collegiate start. It hasn’t been confirmed, but word circulated on the internet late last night that Kiel would start at quarterback today instead of sophomore classmate Ed Wright-Baker, who started the first four games. It was also reported that Dusty’s brother, Columbus East star quarterback Gunner, reaffirmed his verbal commitment to play for the Hoosiers. IU fans might not rest easy about that till December, though. Gunner intends to graduate early and start college in January, so we should know something definite by December.

Joe Paterno has 402 more career wins than does Kevin Wilson but, to be fair, he’s been at it a bit longer. This will be Paterno’s 700th game since he joined the Penn State staff in 1950, and he’s been a head coach now for 46 years. A certified Legend. Coaching today in a Leaders Division game, though.

As always, I’ll have commentary (sometimes cryptic, admittedly), analysis (such as it is) and scoring updates below the fold.  Thanks for reading.



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