Bill Lynch Weekly Press Conference
Sept. 16, 2008
Bill Lynch met with the media on Tuesday, Sept. 16, for his weekly press conference in preparation for the Hoosiers' game against Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 20.
"They are offensively very good and their numbers hold up. Their quarterback is outstanding; they have really good receivers and different kinds of receivers. [Dante] Love is a speed guy and [Darius] Hill is a big, rangy guy that does a lot of things. Their offensive line is experienced and playing very well and I really like their running back, [MiQuale] Lewis, who didn't play against us last year. I know him from Fort Wayne and certainly watched him a lot in high school. But he's playing very, very well. He's a tough back, so they're a load. Defensively, they're very active. They've got good speed, good scheme and are well coached. Their punter is outstanding. They haven't had to use him a whole lot, but he's a big-time punter. So it's a really good football team that I know is coming in here with some confidence. But it's good for us to get back and play again. Two games then a bye week is a little bit tough really, cause you kind of get in a routine then you gotta break it so, it's nice to be back getting ready."
On whether he feels comfortable playing Ball State since the teams have played each ther the past two seasons:
On Dante Love:
"Well, you just have to be aware of where he is on the field and I think they do an outstanding job of moving around and getting the ball in his hands. It's an age-old thing of trying to get the ball to your playmakers in a position where they can make plays. They've done a great job with him, but you've got to be a pretty talented guy to line up in all those spots and be productive. He's really fast but he's strong too. He breaks tackles, runs hard, he's a good player.
On the 1996 Ball State team:
On the similarity between that team and this year's Ball State team:
"Oh yeah, this is a really good football team. They're a much different offensive team. This offensive team can score in a hurry, score anywhere on the field, where that team played defense, punted the ball and was pretty conservative on offense. So it's a much different team but this is a really, really good football team."
On who needed the week off to recover from injuries:
On stopping the run:
"Where they get you is they have so much balance on offense. You know, the numbers that Davis puts up are incredible really, I mean statistically. But when they can run it as well as they do it really puts you in a bind. So, the challenge is, we've got to do a good job against the run which is something we want to do each and every week. If you just look at the numbers, the passing numbers are so big you don't think about the running. But the running game is certainly, and the numbers show it, much improved."
On whether he enjoys playing Ball State:
With my relationship with David Elson and some of the coaches [at Western Kentucky], that was a tough game. And it's a lot that way with this, I mean starting with Brady [Hoke], who's a very good friend, and a guy I have a ton of respect for. I have two sons that played there and we basically raised the family there. And the grandkids live there and they're all Ball State fans. So it's hard, that part of it. But, with that being said, it's a great game. It's a great in-state game. I think there's a lot of interest in it. I'm sure there's a whole lot of workplaces around the state where there's Ball State alums and IU alums and a little bit of bragging rights, and all that's part of it. So, I think from an interest standpoint, it's very good. But it is hard when you're coaching a game. It's not nearly as difficult when a few years ago my son was playing in it, I didn't like that at all. But I think, most coaches will tell you when you're playing people you've got good respect for and friends that it's always a little bit tougher."
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