Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson after the Hoosiers won the Old Oaken Bucket Game for the first time since 2010, as well as the first time in Bloomington since 2007:
WILSON: “That was a pretty solid win. I’m really proud of this team, the seniors, and the captains we voted on this week. Kofi Hughes, Ted Bolser, and Greg Heban were selected captains this week, though this team has several leaders, and I’m happy for those guys. We didn’t make a big deal about this week being senior week, about last week, or about us not being a bowl team. But as we always say, we want to get one day better, we made a big deal about this being our best week.
“Our emphasis was for this week to have our best preparation, our best meetings, and to go out there and play our best. There was a little bit of ugliness here and there, but for the most part it was a good win.I’m happy to get The Bucket for the seniors and for the team. We finished with five wins this season, which shows some improvement, but we have a lot of work to do.
“I think a strong foundation has been set by these guys and as we keep building we will look back on players like Heban, Bolser, Ewald, Hughes, and Duwyece Wilson as the start of something. They have committed a lot of time and effort to me, to our staff, and to this school, and I think they will walk out of here with their heads held real, real high. Now we have to keep building and cash in on the foundation they have laid, but I think we are capable of that.”
On choosing Tre Roberson as starting quarterback:
WILSON: “I think all our quarterbacks are capable of playing well, but I thought today we really needed to run the ball and take advantage of Tre in the space. I think tomorrow he is going to be very sore. Coming off this injury, he got down to 160 pounds. He focused all last season on getting healthy and I don’t think he had a chance to develop the same way as the rest of our quarterbacks. We have to keep developing that position because though we have played pretty good at that position throughout the year, there are times where our quarterbacks didn’t play good at all. Today, I just thought us running the ball more would be one of the keys for a chance at victory. Over the long run right now I don’t think Roberson’s body can hold up if he plays that kind of game every week. As we head into Tre’s offseason, we will be talking more about how to get better and less about his health. We are going to keep bringing Sudfeld and Coffman along as well and see how everything plays out.”
On the running backs play today:
WILSON: “I thought Stephen Houston and D’Angelo Roberts were capable. We had Tevin (Coleman) dressed and he went through yesterday’s practice prepared to play. Right now, he is probably just a few days away from being back to normal, but he just couldn’t cut the way he usually does. If we were greedy and tried to get him some stats I feel like we would have been jeopardizing his long-term health. He worked really, really hard to get back because he wanted to play with his teammates. I think he wanted to play with his teammates more than he was worried about his stats. It was nice to see Stephen and D’Angelo step up today, however.”