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Many of the questions Bill Lynch faced in his press conference on Monday centered around one man, and Lynch certainly understood why.
“Denard Robinson is scary good,” the Indiana football coach said.
Indeed, the Michigan sophomore quarterback is. Heading into the Wolverines’ 3:30 p.m. game at Memorial Stadium, Robinson leads the nation in rushing yards with 688. He’s scored six touchdowns and has a gaudy yards per carry average of 8.7. He’s also completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 731 yards and four scores against just one interception. He averages just under 50 yards of total offense more than the No. 2 competitor in the category in the Big Ten, Northwestern’s Dan Persa.
So Lynch was asked repeatedly and in various forms how an Indiana defense that was gashed for 160 yards by Akron this week could hope to contain such an explosive player.
Lynch admitted there’s no magic formula, and that it simply comes down to brilliant execution of the basics. (more…)
It’s unknown yet whether this is a sign of his return, but senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is listed as the starting strongside linebacker on the depth chart this week. In another interesting change, Mitch Ewald is listed as the starting kicker ahead of Nick Freeland, who has missed the last two games with a hip injury.
The rest of the starters mostly remain the same, but there are some interesting shifts among the backups. After starting at right guard on Saturday, Justin Pagan is listed as the backup at left guard again. Cody Faulkner who had been listed as the backup right guard, is no longer on the depth chart, replaced by redshirt freshman Pat McShane.
The rest of the depth chart follows. (more…)
From Indiana Sports Info:
IU-OHIO STATE TO KICK AT NOON ON ESPN OR ESPN2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana’s game at No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 9, will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and will kick off at noon EDT, the conference announced Monday. The final determination on which network will carry the contest will be made following this weekend’s games.
The Hoosiers (3-0) and Buckeyes (4-0) will do battle in Columbus at Ohio Stadium. 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.
Game times are predicated on the Big Ten Conference television agreement with ABC, the Big Ten Network, ESPN and ESPN2 and are often not announced until 12 days before kickoff.
Entering the 111th season of Big Ten football with a perfect 3-0 mark, the Indiana football team opens conference play this weekend against No. 20/19 Michigan (4-0) for the second straight year. The Hoosiers and Wolverines will meet at Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
IU is looking for its sixth 4-0 start in school history and its first since 1990. Indiana is also looking for its first victory over Michigan since 1987 and its first conference-opening win since 2001 (at Wisconsin).
Indiana coach Tom Crean secured his second class of 2014 commit Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Trey Lyles has given a verbal commitment to Indiana, the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep is reporting.
I am working to confirm this now.
Lyles is a 6-foot-9 forward in the class of 2014. He’s an AAU teammate of James Blackmon Jr. and was first recruited by Indiana head coach Tom Crean last season, as an eighth-grader.
9:21 p.m. UPDATE: Confirmed.
9:50 p.m. UPDATE: Just spoke with Tom Lyles, Trey’s father.
“It is what Trey wanted to do,” said Tom Lyles, his father. “He has been talking about it for a while. I had told him, ‘No, you don’t want to do that for a while.’ But he was adamant. Me and him and his mom talked about it and he proved positive that he wanted to play for coach Crean and IU.”
Lyles came to campus Sunday for an unofficial visit knowing he would commit, Tom said.
“Trey said what was on his mind and spoke how he felt,” Tom said. “He said where he wanted to be and what he wanted to do.”
It came down to Indiana and North Carolina, Tom said. They had visited Ohio State last week and Purdue was also interested.
“He really has been adamant the last few years that he wanted to go to IU,” Tom said. “When IU came into the picture it was a no-brainer.”
One interesting note: Lyles and Blackmon are friendly, but certainly not close (at least not yet). Indianapolis Tech and Fort Wayne Luers both have holes on their schedule this season, and Tom said the schools are working on scheduling a matchup.
Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell looks to pass to Terrance Turner during the win against Akron. Click on the photo to go to the photo gallery. David Snodgress | Herald-Times
The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 on the season Saturday, defeating Akron, 35-20.
That, coach Bill Lynch said, is the important thing. Indiana must now prepare to face Michigan, which is 4-0 and scored 65 points on Saturday against Bowling Green.
The Hoosiers continued to rely on a dynamic passing attack to carry the team, led by quarterback Ben Chappell. The senior QB was 23-of-33 passing for 342 yards, four touchdowns and did not throw an interception. He has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions this season.
“He’s becoming a very, very good quarterback,” Lynch said. “He makes such great reads and he’ll put the ball right on the money.”
Chappell found Terrance Turner six times for 121 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of Turner’s career.
In all, seven different receivers caught at least one pass. Duwyce Wilson and Damarlo Belcher each had four catches; and Ted Bolser’s two touchdown catches gave him four for the season, the most since Bob Stephenson in 1979.
“If they run hard they’ll get the ball,” Lynch said. “Ben doesn’t pick any favorites.”
It appears the team got out of the game healthy. Linebacker Tyler Replogle (concussion) and kicker Nick Freeland (hip) did not play. Lynch said the former was his decision.
The Hoosiers did struggle to tackle the Zips, which gained 5.3 yards, on average, on 30 carries. Lynch said the team appeared to be in position, but may not have been wrapping up well enough.
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