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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sign language: Indiana Hoosiers

By Brian Bennett


Rebuilding a program like Indiana's requires baby steps.

That's why second-year coach Kevin Wilson kept things basic this offseason. His motto for the Hoosiers was simply, "Team." That word hovered on the stadium video boards during spring practice and was plastered on every player's locker.

The goal was to build cohesion and chemistry for a team that went 1-11 last season and played more freshmen than any school in the country. The "Team" slogan was accompanied by values such as "Loyal" and "Honest." It may sound obvious, but Indiana is starting from square one.

"If we go by those rules, we should be a pretty good team," defensive back Lawrence Barnett said.