WHAT DOES COACH WILSON SAY ABOUT HIS NEW QB?
September 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Kevin Wilson was filled with spunk at Tuesday’s press conference leading up to the Saturday night game this week with Ball State. The Hoosiers (2-0) are coming off a 45-6 victory over UMass last week, a costly victory though as the Hoosiers lost quarterback Tre Roberson for the season with a broken left leg.
Here are some of the highlights of Wilson’s press conference:
Wilson was asked if Ball State was the perfect opponent to be playing since the Cardinals have beat IU twice in a row including last year’s season opener. In other words there shouldn’t be a reason for a letdown, right?
“I don’t know if there’s anybody that is perfect for us to be playing,” Wilson said. “Because it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we’re on the wrong side of the ledger. You could use that motto every week. But it is an opportunity to play those guys again. And they’re coming in here. A lot of those guys are back that played for them and played very well against us last year. They’re well coached. Coach Lembo has been at several places with a lot of staff and they know what they want to do and they do it well. So again it will be a good challenge. At the same time our deal is not getting to x wins or getting to whatever. We don’t say we have to win this game, or x game, or target games or red letter games. We red letter tomorrow. Tomorrow is red lettered. We need a better day every day. What we’re trying to do is each week get a little bit better every day. And we’re selling it hard. But human nature is to, no matter what you do, you have a little bit of success and you start relaxing. It’s not football. It’s human nature life and we’re just trying to push these guys to keep bringing it. We’re gaining on it and it’s a lot more positive every day. We had a good practice this morning. We’ve had two good days of work.”
Wilson talked about junior college transfer quarterback Cameron Coffman who is expected to be the heir apparent now the Roberson is lost for the season. He was asked how he has practiced this week and how he’s approaching the situation.
“He’s good,” Wilson said. “He doesn’t have much of a heart beat. So he doesn’t get rowdy. He’s kind of laid back. It’s just him. He’s throwing it very well. He has probably throw it as well yesterday and today as he has before. No slight of Tre (Roberson), who was off to a good start, but both he and Nate (Sudfeld) are … You only get two guys the work. We’ll keep working up the third guy if we do need some time. The top two guys get the work and the starter gets the bulk of it, sixty to seventy percent of the work each week.”
Monday, offensive coordinator Seth Littrell said the IU staff still hadn’t decided if Coffman or true freshman Nate Sudfeld would start Saturday night against Ball State. He did say both would get plenty of work this week. Wilson was asked, since he had been talking a lot about Coffman, if the JUCO transfer would be his starter Saturday night.
“It is (Coffman) but at the same time it was (Tevin) Coleman until Thursday’s practice the first week and then he was tippy-toeing and looking tentative like he didn’t want to be the guy and he came in second or third,” Wilson said. “I think Cam will handle it well. He did Saturday. I thought he kind of came in in a flat situation, kind of tough for some guys, and we had a little momentum. He got us in the end zone twice. He played the bulk of the third quarter in a pretty good rainstorm and the ball was wet. I don’t if it’s our equipment staff or the referees but when you’re a no-huddle team and it’s raining the ball stands unprotected a long time. If it’s a bad weather day you always see the umpire. Well, when you’re in no-huddle, you’re doing your talking at the line. So on a bad weather day the ball gets significantly wetter than you would think. That’s why I’m always talking to the referees asking how many balls can we check in because there’s no rule on how many balls you can have ready for play. It’s like a golfer. You want to take this ball out of play. We want to play a couple of plays, the ball gets wet, and we want to go to another ball. Because they get water logged. They become hard to kick, hard to throw.