Wilson talks about second scrimmage

Wilson upbeat following team's second major scrimmage and said the defense is taking significant strides. Specifically pointed to the run defense as making progress.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson seemed upbeat and pleased following his teams' second major scrimmage Friday afternoon of training camp.

Wilson sounded as if he was happiest with the way the defense was playing.

"We had some really good defensive stops,'' Wilson said. "We had some negative (yardage) plays where we got stops on third and long. I think our defense is getting better. By no means did we have a bad day on offense but I just thought it was very competitive.''

Wilson said Friday's scrimmage would be the last major scrimmage his team would have before opening the season Aug. 29 at home against Indiana State.

Asked to access the scrimmage, he gave a snapshot of the day.

"It went very good,'' Wilson said. "We were pushing 130 plays. We had live kicking. We played some end of the game into overtime (situations). We d id the two-minute drill. We worked on a killing the clock with the lead drill. There were lots of running situations.

As for the quarterbacks, Wilson didn't give an indication if any of the three has begun to emerge as the opening day starter. He did, however, hint that they may need to address that and make a decision before too long. At the same time Wilson doesn't think it's hurting his team not to know who the quarterback will be either.

"I don't think that's hindering us too much,'' Wilson said. "We're working so hard and trying to get a physical run game going that we're really not trying to get x number of throws or a certain quarterback rotated in. Mainly they all did good. Some hot and cold, some good and bad but for the most part more good than bad.''

Wilson said he's been trying to promote more physicality throughout the camp.

<"We're really just trying to take advantage of pad on pad and building the toughness that we've lacked and we need as a defense,'' Wilson said. "It's what we need as an O-line and as we need as a run game.''

Wilson also praised the run defense for making strides.

"The run defense is really gaining,'' Wilson said. "We're getting lined up cleaner, our eyes are where they're supposed to be. We're cancelling gaps, getting off of gaps, and getting better effort.

Wilson said IU will take Saturday off and then practice twice on Sunday, with single practices Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Next Thursday there will be a Tailgate Tour stop in Bloomington and Wilson will hold basically a mock game to give the team the feel of coming out of the tunnel for warm-ups and again when the game begins, and then have a controlled scrimmage with no tackling.

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