Head coach Kevin Wilson talked to the media about Saturday's Navy game.
Oct. 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson met with the assembled media at his weekly Tuesday afternoon press conference. Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell and co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory also discussed Saturday's final non-conference game at Navy.
Below is a partial transcript:
"Going back to the Ohio State game; it was a good effort, but we fell short again. We played pretty hard for 60 minutes, give or take a little. Showed good in all phases, but all teams can be inconsistent. You can say we did well offensively, but we had seven three-and-outs and eight dropped passes. A dropped pass is a wasted play. We're human, going to make mistakes, but typically a dropped pass is a quick recipe to get the punt team out there. A couple years ago we did a study, 19 percent of the time when we dropped the ball we got a first down. Basically, three out of four times you punted when there was a dropped pass.
"Defensively, we gave up 578 yards, 353 rushing, 52 points, so not good on that side. And then we had a blocked punt for a touchdown.
"At the same time, we made some plays in all phases. We had some negative plays, some sacks, a turnover in the red zone. We forced them to kick a field goal. We did have some big plays, scored some points. We did have an onside kick and a punt block on our end. There is a little give and take, but once again we were on the short end.
"Players of the game offensively were Stephen Houston and Peyton Eckert. We had several guys on the line do well, but we chose to recognize Peyton. Defensively, Greg Heban was really good. He played a different position. We moved him from our nickel position to safety. He'd been at nickel since day one of preseason camp. In one week's notice, he's playing a different spot and to play at a high level and a winning performance from him is nice. Special teams, (Nick) Stoner and (Isaiah) Roundtree were recognized for their two big plays that created 14 points for the offense.
"This week we are on to Navy. Halfway through the season we are 2-4, which is not what we need. We got six remaining, four on the road. We've got a tough opponent this week and we have to play it on the road. We are going to have to have some success of the road if we want to climb our way up the mountain and obtain some goals. We've got to be a tough team and do what it takes to win on the road. This team (Navy) is very difficult. Everyone talks about the option and the wishbone offense. They run it very well. It's hard to prepare for. It's hard to do. It's hard to get your scout team to do it as fast as you're going to see it. They play a true three-man 50, cover two defense that very few people play. That's unusual. Hard to decide who's got who in protection and the run game. They can easily pressure you off both sides. They can drop eight people and rush three and make your passing windows small. Their punter is outstanding. Good in the kick game."
On whether the prep for Navy dating back to spring ball helped this week:
"A little bit, but we were simple. These guys (Navy) are in chapter 20, we were in chapter one. We were elementary, the base play of the game. But they can hit the trap options, miss-directions, broken bones and miss-direction motions. We didn't want it to be wasted time for the offense. We just wanted it there. ... We tried to introduce it so this week would not be as hard, but it's still going to be a difficult week."
On the keys to stopping the Navy offensive philosophy:
"One, you have to play physical because they are going to get you at third-and-1 and 2. They are going to go for it on fourth-and-1. They are going to run the fullback dive and quarterback follow like everybody does. A lot of the times it's four downs to get the first down. They can leverage you in formations to get you whacked up. At the same time with them having multiple formations, you better account for the fullback, the quarterback and the dive. And at the same time, if you are covering a guy, don't get off your guy. Because as soon as you do they will get behind you 40 yards and pass. They do it every week. Last week against Central (Michigan) they go bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, play action, wide open. Whether it be insides runs, outside, option, the toss play, their miss-directions: it's boom, boom, boom, play action pass. They don't throw it a lot, but when they do they make money.
"It's good football. It's a unique style. They do it well. We're going to have our hands full. We are going to need to play well as a team. They stress your team out. The clock is always running, you get fewer possessions. They kick it well, you play long fields. To win the game, you have to win this game as a team. You will not go in there and win if your team does not play well. You cannot have turnovers. You cannot play behind the chains. You cannot go three-and-out. And when you have an opportunity on defense to get stops, you need to get stops. You can't get third-and-6 and let them move the chains."
On building off of a few close losses, rather than it leading to frustration:
"We are trying to address it internally. Too many people around here maybe are trying to congratulate you on almost winning because we have struggled. But at the same time that has to be a sign of confidence. You are getting better and you should feel good about yourself, but you need to keep pushing. In most people's lives, and whatever their careers are, most people are closer to things than they realize. Even those that are extremely successful, there are probably those that that are closer to a little more out there. We are trying to use it as: `its just around the corner.' I told the team the other day not to start acting like my kids every time we're going somewhere. `When are we going to get there?' ... My answer was: `we're going to get there when we get there.' And that's the same with this team. We have to keep going because we're not going to win and get there until we get there. Just like my kids, if we stop, we're never going to get there. Stop complaining, stop worrying about it. Let's keep going down the road, let's keep fighting and see if we can get there. That's what we are going to do."
On the team's mentality going into this week after a pair of close losses:
"We came back last week good and this week pretty good because, number one, we've got some really good seniors. Especially with Adam (Replogle), Will (Matte), Larry Black, those guys that are playing a lot. (Nicholas) Sliger's playing a lot. Charlie (Love) is playing some. Those five in particular. The seniors have been good. Those guys are practicing extremely hard. They are buying into everything we are about."