He said it: Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson

Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wil­son’s opening statement:

“We had a nice start. We were a little sloppy in some areas and a lot of things to hopefully build on because a lot of guys got to play. There are a lot of positives, but a boatload of negatives: the old adage, the coach-speak, from game one to two so it’s exciting. We got some stats that look cool. I thought the effort was outstanding. I thought the defensive effort we got worked a couple of times, but it was significantly better. Our kicking effort was really good. I still think we have to keep bringing the run game along and some things on offense, but we have some playmakers there and that’s evident. We’re a young team that’s got a chance. We’ve got a lot of guys back, a lot of good young players. We just look forward to having a good week here. We played this game early so we’ll rest up tomorrow. The kids will go to class and we’ll meet them in the morning. We’ll meet the kids before lunch and make sure we got everybody accounted for and get them to class, but then we’ll get a good go on Saturday, a good go on Sunday, which will be like a Tuesday which I really think will help us moving into next week because we have a very challenging opponent next week. Good start and I’m proud of the way the kids worked and happy to see them rewarded with a pretty good win.”

On playing multiple quarterbacks:

“We didn’t decide until this morning and told Tre [Roberson]. Their battle was about dead even and yet, the way we practice, because we don’t get preseason games, it’s a scrimmage but you never tackle the quarterback. We even thought about that `should we tackle the quarterback?’ As soon as you do that, heaven forbid, you get a cheap injury. We even had a discussion `should we go live on the quarterbacks?’ because I think that plays sometimes into Tre’s hand when he starts running around because they can’t tackle him. If they get close to him in a scrimmage, he’s down. Myself being an offensive coach, if I don’t call him down, the defensive coaches start fussing at me, so it’s like two-hand tag if you’re down, you’re down. The thought was since it was dead even and Tre has been playing with his hands tied, maybe it wasn’t dead even if we were playing for real, so let’s go with Tre. The other thing was that it was a bit sentimental. He was the guy that got hurt and fought hard to come back, so let’s let him roll. He actually took a shot and has a bruise in his chest, like a rib deal. It’s not a break or anything, but he took a shot and is a little gimpy, so that’s why we went with the other guy. Then the score went to 42 just like that, so we went with Cam [Coffman] and Nate [Sudfeld] from there. It’s not an injury deal that’s hurting him. He was good to go. They said he could play the second half, but the way the score was, we just didn’t go back to him.”

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