Monday, April 15, 2013
Spring game recap: Indiana
By Brian Bennett
We're continuing to recap the spring games in the Big Ten over the weekend, moving on now to the Indiana Hoosiers.
You find coverage of the Cream & Crimson game here, here and here.
Star of the game: Receiver Shane Wynn had six catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
How it went down: For a team with as much scoring potential as Indiana, the Hoosiers' spring game was a relatively conservative one, as the Cream team won 21-7. Coach Kevin Wilson later explained he was keeping things very close to the vest.
"We played today pretty vanilla on both sides," he said. "Some very static, standard blitzes, some very basic fronts, base formations. And some pretty standard plays. Because we open the season with game one and game two where we’re their opening game. ... You don’t want to show a lot to your opponents because they get a free scouting report."
The main intrigue during the spring revolved around the three-way quarterback competition. That figures to rage into fall camp. Cameron Coffman threw both of the touchdowns to Wynn and finished 17-of-23 for 174 yards. Nate Sudfeld was 14-of-16 for 181 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown to Cody Latimer for the Crimson's only score. Tre Roberson went 7-for-18 for 63 yards, but he wasn't able to show off his running ability much on a day when the quarterbacks weren't able to be hit by the defense.
Wilson has been splitting the reps evenly between the trio but will have to make a decision in August on his depth chart.
"It’s a tough deal because I think they’ve all been pretty good," he said. "It’s our problem in how to keep developing them, how to keep them in rhythm."
Defense was another major question mark for Indiana, and the Cream squad held the Crimson to just 187 total yards and only 15 rushing yards, plus five sacks. Linebacker Jacarri Alexander had five tackles and 1.5 sacks. But the Hoosiers still have a long way to go to become a solid Big Ten defense.
"I’d like to see us get a little more swagger as a defensive unit," Wilson said.
The IU spring game will air at 7 ET tonight on the Big Ten Network.