#IUFB Notebook: Beast Mode

    Aug. 14, 2014

    FALL PRACTICE 13 // AUGUST 14, 2014
    Photos | Coach Johns | Coach Hill | Feeney | Newton

    Offensive coordinator Kevin Johns asked his receivers a year ago what it means to play the position at Indiana. After compiling the responses, Johns came up with the acronym "BEASTS."

    "It's something we do within our room that sort of describes how we play and who we try to be," Johns said.

    It's easy to argue the Hoosier wide receivers lived up to the acronym on the field last year, catching 201 passes for 2,997 yards and 29 touchdowns.

    Although two receivers (Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes) that made up the majority of those statistics are now pursuing NFL dreams, being "BEASTS" is a mentality that isn't dictated by production. Rather the variables are controlled by each individual, things like effort, accountability, speed and toughness.

    Johns didn't reveal the entire formula, but if last year was any indication, Hoosier fans can expect to see BEASTS making plays and lighting up the scoreboard again in 2014.

    A two-sport athlete at Indiana, senior wide receiver Nick Stoner is ready to leave it all out on the field in his final season at IU.

    After redshirting last season in track and field, Stoner feels more prepared for a football season than he has in the past.

    "I think my mindset is a lot different from last season," Stoner said. "I've gotten bigger and stronger so I'm kind of turning into more of a football player. I focused on football so I think my mindset with hitting and running and just my role is a lot different and a lot better."

    With four freshmen in the meeting room, Stoner's senior leadership has been essential.

    "The kid has been playing football a long time for us," Johns said. "He's really done a great job with his body of putting on some weight and some muscle this year. For him, we're still trying to get him to make every big-time catch and every big-time route on third down and come through for us. Right now, I'm very pleased with where he's at and really just the leadership that he's bringing to our room."

    Intensity. Physical. Fast. All three are words that have been used throughout preseason camp by players and coaches alike.

    To deal with the grind of camp, you must first survive a summer with head strength and conditioning coach Mark Hill.

    "We're in shape," head coach Kevin Wilson said. "We've gotten stronger. But as we go through this week and into next week it's about getting the right physical frame of mind and that kind of work into your body that you can start out game week with Indiana State in a good way."

    Hill has been pleased with the on-field results thus far.

    "I think we came out of summer workouts ready to go and ready to practice at a high level," Hill said. "We're staying relatively healthy. Guys are competing hard and getting after it. Now it's really about learning your assignment, mastering your craft and getting ready to play."

    "We have extremely high standards for what it means to play offense at this school. We're gaining on it. We're coaching it. We're teaching it every day. We still lave a long way to go but we still have two weeks before the first game."
    -Offensive coordinator Kevin Johns

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