Big Ten Report: IU developing

In this week's Big Ten coaches teleconference call, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson -- who is fresh off his first win as the Hoosiers head coach after a 38-21 victory over South Carolina State -- praised the current play of sophomore quarterback Edward Wright-Baker and his development as both a passer and a runner.

So far in the young season, Wright-Baker has amassed 716 yards, which ranks fourth among Big Ten quarterbacks, through the air with four touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground. He has also completed 64.0% of his passes, which is fifth in the Big Ten. In what has been his first real action since joining the Hoosiers, Wright-Baker has been quite impressive, but Wilson believes he can become a special athlete someday.

"He's doing well in that I'd like for him to do so much better. But [Wright-Baker] has been the best one through camp and that is why he's been our starter," said Wilson.

The first-year head coach then went on to praise his quarterback for his decision-making out on the field.

"Not forcing the football -- I think he's only thrown one interception to date. He's taken care of the ball reasonably good. He's not forcing the ball on his throws," said Wilson.

As for his ability to extend plays, Wilson is appreciative of the fact that Wright-Baker can make things happen with his legs, something that Wilson has not been fortunate to have in prior coaching stints.

"He is doing a nice job of extending some plays with some scramble in some run situations. It's been a nice compliment for us and something I'm not used to with quarterbacks I've had recently," said Wilson. "I don't think he's a great, great runner but he is making some very, very good plays for us with his feet."

Overall, though, Wright-Baker has been impressive through the first three weeks of the season, leading Indiana to a 1-2 mark heading into their final non-conference game against North Texas before hosting Penn State. However, Wilson continued to reiterate his previous point in which he stated that Wright-Baker could be much better than he currently is as he concluded his response.

"He is still missing some things in the pass game where as well as he's doing he could do so much better," said Wilson. "He has upside and I think our program has upside as we continue to move forward this season."

Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for BigRedReport.com. His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine. Previously, his stories were featured on PonyStampede.com, covering SMU athletics.
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