Friday, April 12, 2013
Spring game preview: Indiana
By Brian Bennett
Our look at the big weekend of spring games in the Big Ten continues now with a preview of what to expect from Indiana's Cream & Crimson game ...
When: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free. Parking lots open at noon for tailgating. There will be a youth football clinic from 2 to 3 p.m. featuring former players like Tandon Doss, Courtney Roby, James Brewer and James Hardy. Free food is available at a spring tailgate party in the north end zone plaza from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and Memorial Stadium tours will be offered during that time. Players and coaches will be available for autographs on the field after the game ends.
TV: Live on BTN2Go. Big Ten Network will air the game at 7 p.m. ET on Monday.
Weather forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high of 52 degrees.
What to watch for: Last year's game had to be quickly moved inside because of a thunderstorm, so a normal weather day will make this year's event an improvement by default.
Improvement is a key word around the Hoosiers, who went from one win to four in Kevin Wilson's second year. Now, some are predicting Indiana to get to a bowl game this season. One thing is sure: The offense has plenty of playmakers, including receivers Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, tight end Ted Bolser and running back Stephen Houston. Isaiah Roundtree, Tevin Coleman and Ricky Jones have all had good springs, too, so expect some points to be put up on the board Saturday.
Wilson calls his three-man quarterback race "dead even," and he is reluctant to have one guy go out for the first snap and create an impression that there's a leader. Tre Roberson, Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld are all neck and neck, but maybe a big spring game performance by one of them will begin to create some separation.
Defense, of course, remains the big question mark. The Hoosiers are a little thin on the defensive line right now, so that might be an issue on Saturday. Wilson wants his team to play with more physicality, especially on defense, so look to see if that side of the ball is making tackles and getting after it on the line of scrimmage. If Indiana's defense can find success against its own offense, that will be a positive sign for the fall.