Fresh from a nearly record-setting performance in last Thursday's opener against Indiana State, the Indiana University football team was back on the practice field Monday to prepare for a rematch with the Navy Midshipmen.
Not only has the loss stuck in the minds of head coach Kevin Wilson and his team, but the Midshipmen's unconventional offense caused IU to open the season early in order to have a couple extra days of preparation. "It's a run oriented deal. Again, we had great opportunities in the game last year. We take the opening drive down and we got the ball on the first drive on the 10 yard line. We had a miscommunication, our back goes the wrong way, we get off schedule, kick a field goal. There's a four point swing there.We give a pick six, there's seven more points; there's an 11 point swing there. Let alone at the end of the game when we can't execute a four minute drive properly, we give up a touchdown and then throw a pick.So again, those errors get magnified in this game because there's not a lot of opportunities. But again, a lot of guys back. You try as hard as you can to get the speed you're talking about, and it's difficult. But at the same time everybody talks about they're going to have a hard time figuring us out, the way we throw and run and catch and the speed we do it at.It is what it is. They've got a heck of a team; I think we've got a pretty good team, too. It ought to be a lot of fun."
Wilson said IU will continue to alternate quarterbacks, possibly playing Tre Roberson, Nate Sudfeld, and Cam Coffman again this week. Roberson and Sudfeld both enjoyed strong debuts.
Wide out Shane Wynn, who scored two touchdowns in the opener, including a punt return, appears to be on target to play after suffering a nasty hit on an attempted return.
Also on the health front, starting offensive tackle Peyton Eckert and cornerback Ryan Thompson are close to returning, as well as defensive tackles Alex Todd and Chris Cormier.
The Midshipmen are led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds rallied Navy from behind to wins over Air Force, Army, and the Hoosiers last season.
Kickoff is set for 6PM EST at "The Rock", Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
Extra Points: IU and Navy will meet for the fourth time overall, the second straight season and the third time in Bloomington.....The Hoosiers won the previous two home meetings in 1985 (38-35) and 1986 (52-29), while the Midshipmen earned a 31-30 victory in Annapolis on Oct. 20, 2012....Ken Niumatalolo is 40-26 (.606) in his sixth season as head coach at Navy. Niumatalolo’s 40 wins are the most in school history by a head coach in his first five years....Indiana’s 73 points against Indiana State are the second-most in school history, behind only a 76-0 victory over Franklin College in 1901....The Hoosiers posted 319 yards passing and 313 yards rushing, marking the first time in program history the team has gained 300-plus yards through the air and on the ground in the same game...Tevin Coleman posted a career-best 169 rushing yards on 14 carries (12.1 average) with two touchdowns. His 169 yards were the most for a running back in a season opener since Alex Smith in 1996 (174 vs. Toledo).