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Mike Miller and Andy Graham catch you up on all of the Hoosier football news from Chicago.
CHICAGO — He doesn’t necessarily care how far his quarterback can throw the ball, and he won’t be easily impressed by deep shots to the end zone.
Kevin Wilson is more interested in finding a quarterback that can manage his offense, execute plays with confidence and take care of the football.
When preseason camp opens in Bloomington a week from today, junior college transfer Richard Lagow and junior Zander Diamont will be among the quarterbacks trying to show the Indiana coach they can be that guy.
Speaking at the Big Ten’s annual media day event on Tuesday, Wilson said he’s not ready to name a replacement for Nate Sudfeld, the program’s career passing leader.
Instead, he’s looking to preside over a battle.
“I just don’t think it’s right to anoint someone until they’ve earned it,” Wilson said. “…. I was at Oklahoma when Adrian Peterson walked in the first day. He was different. But he didn’t start till game four or five … You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to earn their respect, especially at quarterback.
“It’s not being coy. I’ve got some guys who have been in that program from three years, busting their tail every day and one of them didn’t even practice in the spring.” (more…)
IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson being interviewed by reporters at Big Ten Media Day.
THE MODERATOR: Our next coach is Indiana’s Kevin Wilson. Wilson enters his sixth season at the helm after leading the Hoosiers to the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the program’s first post season appearance since 2007. Indiana returned 17 starters from last year’s team, including eight on both offense and defense.
Coach, go ahead with opening statement.
COACH WILSON: All right. Thank you. Good morning. Everybody awake? We good to go?
Like a lot of us, again, our thoughts with not just the Nebraska and Michigan State football families, but I had a chance at the National Football Foundation to actually sit with Mike Sadler’s parents a couple years ago. We had a player up for that deal.
So as a dad and two kids in college and several kids in high school, just feel for their families. And as a program, we send our prayers for those guys.
Good to be here. I think we’re continuing to grow as a program.
We appreciate the opportunity the administration has committed to us to continue to advance our program. We got a lot of things going on from facilities to stabilizing of our staff to recruiting and whatnot. So we are encouraged where we are at.
We are not pleased where we’re at. We’ve been very competitive, a little bit inconsistent the last few years and let a few games slip away that we’ve been in, but we played some very good football and what I think is a tremendous brand in college football. A great bracket in the Big 10 East, just a great bracket in Big 10 because the West is awfully strong as well. (more…)
CHICAGO — Kevin Wilson fanned the hype surrounding Camion Patrick after IU’s win in the Old Oaken Bucket game last November.
Weeks ahead of a new season, Wilson isn’t stopping now.
Wilson is hopeful Patrick will be recovered from a torn ACL in time for Big Ten play in early October. When Patrick eventually is ready to join Indiana’s active roster, Wilson believes he could be Indiana’s top skill player.
“We do have a lot of backs and we do have a lot of receivers,” Wilson said. “And I think he’s the best of all of them.”
That’s high praise from Wilson, who is typically careful not to overhype players, especially those who have not yet played for him.
Patrick, apparently, is different. (more…)
IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson at the podium during Big Ten Football Media Day.
CHICAGO — It’s been a relatively quiet off-season for Indiana’s football program.
That’s a good thing.
Kevin Wilson had only a few minor roster updates to provide on Tuesday, beginning with three-star signee Brandon Drayton. The incoming freshman safety out of Florida was unable to gain admission to IU and will not join the Hoosiers’ football program. Wilson said he believes Drayton may have found a new school, but he wasn’t positive.
Either way, he’s not coming to IU.
That’s certainly disappointing for a secondary that can always use talent and able bodies. The good news is that each of the 20 other players in IU’s February signing class has either already received clearance for camp, or will receive that clearance soon.
Incoming freshman defensive lineman Allen Stallings must complete a class before he can join the team for preseason camp, but Wilson said Stallings is doing well with the coursework and should have the class wrapped up this week.
“We have all indications that things are good,” Williams said about Stallings. “Everyone else has finished their other work. Everyone is in good shape. Academic-wise, everybody is good.” (more…)
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Indiana is one of eight schools still in the mix for four-star forward Malik Williams.
The 7-foot Fort Wayne prospect, considered the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, lists IU along with Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgetown, NC State and UCLA as his final eight schools under consideration. Williams tweeted his list of eight on Monday afternoon.
Williams told The Herald-Times in June that Indiana’s staff, especially assistant Tim Buckley, has done a great job building rapport with him during the last few years.
“They’ve been there for a long time,” Williams said of IU. “They were my first offer and they’ve been consistent ever since. We’ve built a strong relationship.”
As a junior last season at Fort Wayne Snider, Williams shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. Juan Gorman, his AAU coach with Legit Basketball, told The Herald-Times earlier this summer that Williams’ biggest selling point is his versatility and range on the perimeter.
“He has great timing in that skill set of blocking shots and going to find the ball,” Gorman said. “He has a motor. You don’t find too many 6-11, 7-foot kids that can run. He can run, he can defend and do all the little things that kids his size can’t do. … He’s fine-tuning what he does well and he’s getting stronger. He’s already got a nice, soft shot and he can shoot with the best of them. He can probably out-shoot some guards.”
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Lyndsay Leikem has been added to the roster at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a grad transfer, the school announced Friday.
The 6-foot-1 forward graduated in three years from Indiana. Before the 2015-16 season, Leikem expressed interest in moving to the Washington D.C. area upon graduation and pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, she will play for head coach Marsha Frese and pursue at master’s in criminal justice at UMKC.
On Friday, Leikem posted on Twitter about her decision to play at UMKC.
“Was not expecting to play my fourth year,” she wrote, “but tremendously blessed to receive this opportunity to pursue my masters!”
Leikem started seven games early in the season for IU in ’15-16, but came off the bench once Jenn Anderson was healthy. For the season, she averaged 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, helping a Hoosiers team that won its first NCAA tournament game since 1983.
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