Indiana did not tackle well against Virginia, and the Cavaliers had a too-easy time coming up with a 47-7 win last Saturday.
No surprise, then, that Indiana ran the Oklahoma drill Tuesday in practice. It’s one of the more brutal you’ll see, with an offensive lineman taking on a defender who is trying to fight through to a ball carrier who is charging from the backfield. As one friend put it, “The only point is to hit the heck out of people.” Indiana also went “live” at the end of practice, with the first team defense tackling the first team offense. Even the scout teams went at each other, which is unusual. It seemed as though, as much as anything, Indiana’s coaching staff simply wanted the Hoosiers to get back to elemental football: hit or be hit. Either way, be the guy still standing.
Darius Willis, the starting running back who has dealt with an ankle injury, practiced and looked spry. His feet were quick and he showed no hesitation upon contact. Pete Saxon, the starting guard, did not practice. He’s also got an ankle injury.
After sitting out Saturday’s game, Darius Willis was listed as questionable on Tuesday’s injury report with an ankle injury, and IU coach Bill Lynch said he wasn’t prepared to say whether he would be available for Saturday’s game against Illinois.
Willis was one of five players listed as questionable on the report along with right guard Pete Saxon (ankle), defensive tackle Jarrod Smith (back), linebacker Leon Beckum (ankle) and safety Jerimy Finch, who apparently managed to injury his hamstring playing special teams.
Wasn’t much to add to the Lynch discussion after Korman’s post. Basically, Lynch said that just about everything went wrong, right down to the fundamentals of tackling. Other than Chris Hagerup punting and the late-game play of Bryan Payton, there wasn’t much positive Lynch could come up with.
Tom Crean spent his Saturday morning speaking to about 200 high school basketball coaches at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, as part of Basil Mawbey’s coaches’ clinic.
I attended the event, expecting to see Crean give his “Indiana basketball is on the rise” speech. That’s what the pamphlet that arrived in the H-T’s mailbox said Crean would talk about.
Instead, the second-year coach spent 50 minutes (he was scheduled for 45, but could not be contained) diagramming how Indiana will attack zone defenses this season.
I took notes. Here they are. (more…)
Here’s the audio, if you’re inclined to listen, of today’s proceedings.
I’ll let you know what Indiana football coach Bill Lynch has to say as soon as he gets here.
Lynch has arrived. He will go over the awards for the week. He’s saying them waaaayyyy to fast for me to type them. But Chris Hagerup, the somewhat-maligned punter, was honored as a one-play warrior for his work on special teams.
Captains for the week are Mike Reiter, Bryan Payton, Will Patterson and Jammie Kirlew.
To the Virginia game: IU needed to win three battles. It didn’t. The battles are turnovers (IU had two, UVA 0), big plays (IU 1, UVA 9) and 3rd-down conversions (IU converted 38 percent, UVA 55 percent.)
“In the areas we talk about so much, we really didn’t do a good job,” Lynch said. “Obviously the score reflected that. But it’s time to move on. That’s the beauty of it.”
Illinois’ record is a mirage, Lynch says. They’ve played tough competition in Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State. (more…)
Indiana freshman Jordan Hulls may not win the dunk contest, but you’ll see his abilities during Friday’s Hoosier Hysteria. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Welcome to Hoosier Morning, a daily batch of links intended to keep you informed of what is going on at Indiana, in the Big Ten and throughout the college sporting world. (more…)
A fine way to end the night . . . or begin the morning.
Popular author Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, writes in the latest New Yorker about just how devastating the game of football can be on a player’s brain. And he intertwines it with a brutal discussion of dog fighting. Gladwell, you may have gleaned, is a skilled writer.
Of particular interest to Indiana fans is the part of the story that details two scientist attending a North Carolina football practice. They are able to monitor the numbers coming in from helmets configured to calculate the intensity of hits on the field. IU has a system like this (here’s a story Dann Denny did on it earlier this year), though because Gladwell does not name the system I can’t be certain it is the exact same. But I can’t imagine it differs much.
After the tape session, Guskiewicz and one of his colleagues, Jason Mihalik, went outside to watch the U.N.C. football team practice, a short walk down the hill from their office. Only when you see football at close range is it possible to understand the dimensions of the brain-injury problem. The players were huge—much larger than you imagine them being. They moved at astonishing speeds for people of that size, and, long before you saw them, you heard them: the sound of one two-hundred-and-fifty-pound man colliding with another echoed around the practice facility. Mihalik and Guskiewicz walked over to a small building, just off to the side of the field. On the floor was a laptop inside a black storage crate. Next to the computer was an antenna that received the signals from the sensors inside the players’ helmets. Mihalik crouched down and began paging through the data. In one column, the HITS software listed the top hits of the practice up to that point, and every few moments the screen would refresh, reflecting the plays that had just been run on the field. Forty-five minutes into practice, the top eight head blows on the field measured 82 gs, 79 gs, 75 gs, 79 gs, 67 gs, 60 gs, 57 gs, and 53 gs. One player, a running back, had received both the 79 gs and the 60 gs, as well as another hit, measuring 27.9 gs. This wasn’t a full-contact practice. It was “shells.” The players wore only helmets and shoulder pads, and still there were mini car crashes happening all over the field.
If only I could get close enough to IU’s little black laptop tomorrow to see how many mini car crashes take place.
Usually this goes up earlier, but I didn’t get back into town until this evening and couldn’t open the notes attachment on my laptop. Regardless, here’s IU’s depth chart, which looks about the exact same as it did a week ago. Despite missing Saturday’s game with an ankle injury plus rib problems, redshirt freshman tailback Darius Willis is still listed as the starter.
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