Indiana Football Practice: Monday, Aug. 13

Tuesday's practice included a 30-minute full-go scrimmage at the end. Then Kevin Wilson talked about several topics including some nagging injuries.

Indiana football closed Tuesday's practice with a full-go 30-minute scrimmage.

All three quarterbacks in the hunt for the starting job got equal reps in the scrimmage. Tre Roberson was the first quarterback on the field, followed by Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld. It should be mentioned, however, that IU coach Kevin Wilson has cautioned in the past about reading too much into the order in which players are being used at this point in camp.

Media members were able to remain in attendance for the entire two and a half hour practice. Tuesday it was a single practice and then IU will have a two-a-day on Wednesday.

Wilson brought the media up to speed on the minor injuries in camp at the end of practice. True freshman DB Rashard Fant has a pulled hamstring. "He's very talented but he has missed a lot of work and that's going to hurt him,'' Wilson said.

Another true freshman, DL Christopher Cormier, has had a knee scope after getting hurt in a walk-through. "He'll be out about two weeks,'' Wilson said. "He got hurt about a week ago. We'll get him back but again he missed the bulk of summer. And now he's missed this. He showed some quickness but now he's missed all of this time.''

Redshirt freshman WR Ricky Jones has a bruised shoulder. Wilson said he tried to practice Monday but "was a little gimpy.'' Wilson said the staff opted to hold him out of Tuesday's practice.

The final injury has been sustained by true freshman walk-on kicker Griffin Oakes. Wilson said he suffered an Achilles injury. "He just landed on it funny and irritated it.''

Here are some of Wilson's other post practice comments:

On a comment that co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell told the BTN that IU may narrow the quarterback competition from three to two to maximize repetitions:

"Like I've told them, I can't tell how many touchdowns you've thrown, how many picks you've hit, what your completion percentage is because I'm not charting that,'' Wilson said. "It's just how they're playing. You saw them all today. They're all pretty good. To me I'm going to use that as a positive because I think they're all really good. But I don't think it has to get down (to two). It is what it is. And what it is is they're all doing pretty good, like to see somebody doing great, but they're all doing pretty good.''

On what it is about this team that gives him confidence heading into the 2013 season:

"We're physically stronger, healthier and we're hitting more in practices,'' Wilson said. "We're staying on our feet. There's a lot of competition. There's some bantering on both sides. Yesterday our defense had the better end of practice. There's a lot of healthy bantering. There's a lot of competition. And I just think we're a team that is a little hungry to go prove something.''

On how IU will be different than the team that ended last season:

"Everybody is back stronger and we have some talented players coming in,'' Wilson said. "But that team fizzled on offense last year at the end and the defense didn't show up. You have to be strong enough to play the whole season. So we're starting good. But this is a grind. When I say a grind, it's physically getting our team tough now but it's also keeping them fresh.''

On what more he would like to see from senior running back Stephen Houston:

"I want to see a physical presence from him in the running game. He's a big guy who needs to move the piles,'' Wilson said. "He needs a physical presence in the blocking game. He's a guy who can make plays. He catches it well. With his speed he can make some big plays. But he needs consistent toughness plays and he'll get that because No. 6 (Tevin Coleman) plays that way and they're bringing each other along.''

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