Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Eyeing End to Embarrassment ; Wilson Adds Depth as IU Looks to Recover

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Eyeing End to Embarrassment ; Wilson Adds Depth as IU Looks to Recover

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Kevin Wilson has had a long time to think about his debut season as a college head coach and he's vowed never to experience anything like it again. "I'm personally embarrassed, and if we're going to win this year significantly and make strides, the first thing that has to happen is I have to coach, and our coaches have to coach better," said Wilson. "I said a year ago that we have got some talent. It's getting the attitude right and the ability of our coaches to reach and understand our talent and make adjustments."

Team leadership and togetherness were commodities in short supply last season, according to Wilson. Add in the Hoosiers' lack of depth and experience on the lines, at receiver, at running back and in the secondary, it's really not surprising that IU failed to win a Big Ten game. But what aggravated Wilson is that the average margin of defeat in the conference was 24.4 points, including a 59- 7 loss at eventual league champion Wisconsin at midseason.

IU also was only one of two Big Ten schools to not qualify for a bowl game - Minnesota being the other - and it was the only school from a BCS conference that didn't win at least one game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. Indiana's one win was a 38-21 decision over lower-division South Carolina State of the MEAC.

"I think we'll be better on defense, but we're not at a point physically in year two to play lights-out great defense. We've got to score a lot more points, too. Everybody talks about our D struggling. We averaged 18.1 points - that's as poor an offense as I've been around since 1999.

"So we need to score points because that will help our defense."

After spring drills, Wilson felt like his squad made strides in terms of depth, skill, trust and leadership.

But none of that will mean much if the results on the field don't begin to change when IU opens the season Saturday against Indiana State.

Wilson began addressing some of the Hoosiers' deficiencies - and defections - last season by launching a youth movement by playing a total of 32 freshman, half of which were redshirted players.

Entering this season, the Hoosiers will have 16 returning starters, including three offensive linemen and four defensive linemen. …

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