IU Football Update: Monday, August 11

Marcus Oliver and Isaiah Roundtree were interviewed following Monday's Indiana football practice. Here is what they had to say.

Indiana football opened the second week of practice on Monday and worked out for a little over two hours in the morning.

The practice was closed to the media, but members of the IU media relations staff conducted post practice interviews with fifth-year senior wide receiver Isaiah Roundtree and linebacker Marcus Oliver.

In the depth chart printed in the IU media guide, Roundtree is listed as a starter at one of the wide receiver spots while Oliver is listed as No. 2 at the weak side linebacker spot behind David Cooper.

Oliver thought practice went pretty well on Monday.

“We installed a few new things,’’ Oliver said. “We worked on some of our pressures. We’re just trying to get everything all together, get some of the freshmen ready for what their task is going to be.’’

Oliver said he feels like the defensive unit is much more confident this year than it was a year ago.

“We all know our jobs,’’ Oliver said. “The older guys have helped the younger guys but the sophomores are also like older guys, too, and we know what we’re doing. We’re all at the same level of knowledge and we all started picking it up at the same time. From the weight room and into the winter and the summer, it has just gotten us all ready to go.’’

Roundtree said Monday’s practice was a good one. He said the intensity level was turned up a notch.

“We had a good go today,’’ Roundtree said. “There was a lot more hitting. Coach Wilson wants us to be more physical. Today was probably our most physical practice.’’

Roundtree said in terms of the running backs and wide receivers in particular that there’s a lot of competition on the team.

“We’re all pushing each other and that’s good,’’ Roundtree said.

As a veteran, Roundtree said he knew that the intensity would be greater in week two than it was last week.

“I’m an older guy so I kind of know what coach Wilson is thinking,’’ Roundtree said. “But I knew what to expect today. I tried to tell the younger guys what to expect, that is was going to be a physical go and we got after it today.’’

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