IU COACH KEVIN WILSON TALKS INDIANA STATE
August 28, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Good to see you. Good to be with you guys. Thanks for being here. We're doing this today because in our world, game week is starting, so really kind of a Sunday. I think we'll move forward and this will be normally on a Monday during the week, but with the weekend coming up, Saturday, Sunday for you guys, so we'll kind of get it out of the way, so appreciate you working with us and being here.
Like I said, I think a week from now will be nine days, we'll do this on Mondays moving forward.
As a matter of fact, as we get to that point down the road, we're actually going to do some work for us on Sunday. Monday will be a non practice day, so we're going to have our kids in the morning doing some things academically, coaches game planning and you'll have some decent access to kids at a decent hour and with the coaches and myself as we move forward. So thanks for being here.
Coming out of preseason, getting wrapped up last night with really kind of a light day with seven days out leading into it, we've done our heavy scrimmage work earlier in the week and with our last major scrimmage the week before that, doing that, kind of make sure we are as healthy as we can be. We've got to keep hitting. We've got to keep building our toughness and our tackling, our ability to stay on blocks and all those things.
As coaches we have to manage where we're at, so sometimes you're doing some things in the best interest of your team, so last night we had a scrimmage format, but it was more for timing, where do we warm up and when do we warm up and we actually took our guys out that will be our captains and had the referee explain the coin toss and what he says. It was a little bit more for the bells and whistles than maybe it was like, hey, let's "scrimmage" or trying to show things or not show things. It was "a mock game" where we're scripting situations and whatnot.
But coming out of preseason, again, I was very complimentary of our team going through the winter, our staff and our players did a great job during the recruiting cycle and getting a good class. Off the field leadership, behavior, academics have been pretty solid, and what you'd like and what you expect.
Spring ball was, again, pretty good. When it gets very repetitive, mundane, there's not a game, I thought spring was good.
Summer is on your own. We've got strength coaches, we had 130 guys here. We're only allowed 105 on our preseason rosters. We had a bunch of new walk ons wanting to join our team, and those aren't tryouts because as coaches we can't even be here, but our strength coaches were. I would say the way we practiced it looks like we had a really good summer. We're not allowed to know if they passed the conditioning test because then that means it's not "voluntary" the way the rules are.
Our team came back in great shape. We appear to be. Have improved our team with size and strength. I think with that we'll hopefully be as quick or quicker because I do think there's some hereditary issues how fast you can be or how big you can be or how strong you can be. But we have to develop and get these guys as good as they can be. I think you'll see a team that's going to show some quickness and better speed.
I think summer appeared to be very, very strong. There was a huge commitment by our school and I think there's been a huge commitment by our kids to take advantage of summer school and our lifting program and whatnot.
Preseason: Some of you guys had a chance to see a couple of the practices that we had where you were able to get out there and see a lot of it. I don't know how well you paid attention or what you looked at when you're watching it, those of you that saw those. I appreciate you seeing those and kind of appreciate, too, the way you cover it because we're not sitting there trying to get information out to our opponents. Our first two opponents we are their opener, so every bit of information we're giving is going to Terre Haute and it's going to Annapolis. Those other people will get your game tapes and all that stuff. I appreciate the way you guys cover it because there's certain things that maybe we don't like to be what plays we're really running or who's looking good or not good, so I appreciate the way you guys kind of saw practice.
But what you didn't see on the days that you weren't there was probably what you would have seen the day you were there. We had some pretty solid, pretty consistent practices. I said coming out of spring, I wouldn't want a do over, and we ran some plays wrong and we repeated a play or maybe we started stretch one day a little lethargic and we had to holler at them for a second, pick your knees up and get it going. But we didn't have a sluggish practice day. Even had a couple extremely positive comments from scouts being thrown that they couldn't believe the way we looked and really appreciated the energy, the way the guys were practicing.
Again, two a days is a grind, so I think we have had a very productive two a day. But all that is talk until you start playing and the scoreboards reflect that. Just because I think we've done better doesn't mean we're going to do better. You need now to go out and we get into game mode, and today is the first of their game week, changing gears, so it's a little different sense of urgency, preparation, video preparation, getting your body right, getting your mind right, what's your routine, a lot of people call it superstitions, but what is your routine; what do you do, where you eat, what pair of socks you like, you name it. Who tapes your ankle, what are you doing to be at your best for those 12, 13, 14, kickoff days, and one of those is approaching at 7:06 coming up on the 29th with Indiana State. I thought preseason was good.
Depth chart, we put it out today. Here's where we are. Again, we're pretty healthy except for the loss of Chase Hoobler, who has a stress fracture, has not been with us one day of preseason. That will go through the bulk of the season and be determined in time does he get back at the end. He's a fourth year kid, been redshirted, so we will take his best interests into it long haul. He's doing well, but a stress fracture is going to take several months, so at best it'll be the end of the season and maybe it costs his season.
Dan Feeney with a Lisfranc injury that required surgery. Once again, take the bulk of the season. That's going to be a five month kind of deal that you'll get him back; January as we get started, February, and probably will be full go by spring. He was a freshman that played. He gets a redshirt year. We're losing a quality player, very good player, but also, again, one of the reasons you do play freshmen when you do have those deals, this will be his redshirt year. We'll move forward with him.
That being said, we'll need just not someone to come in and play the guard spot and pick it up. Anytime that you go through the season, you're going to have in our sport a little bit what I call hiccups or glitches along the way, and your team needs to pick up the slack, coaches and players. It's just not who Dan Feeney's replacement will be, and we'll talk about that. Other than that we're pretty healthy. We've got a couple guys that we've kind of had to monitor some of their practice, whether it be again coming off a gimp ankle. We've had no broken bones other than maybe a guy has got his fingers taped together because he's dislocated a finger grabbing a hold of something or whatnot.
We're pretty healthy and we should be at full force, but depending on how much these guys we've kind of monitored, how much practice work they get will determine how much you see them next Thursday night.