Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Newcomers Give Wilson Cause for Optimism

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Newcomers Give Wilson Cause for Optimism

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CHICAGO - For someone who has 19 returning starters, Kevin Wilson sure is placing a lot of faith in a bunch of newcomers entering the 2013 college football season. With his Indiana University team coming off a 4-8 year in 2012 and having won just two Big Ten games in his first two seasons in Bloomington, it's also understandable. Game-day success begins with having winning numbers on the practice field, and the Hoosiers have been suffering from a lack of quality depth since Scully and Mulder started investigating X-Files.

"Most football games are lost, not won, and most football games are close," said Wilson during Wednesday's opening session of the Big Ten Football Media Days. "If we keep it close, hopefully we'll find ourselves on the right side of the ledger this year."

For that to happen, many of the 15 defensive recruits in an overall class of 23 will have to make an immediate impact for the Hoosiers.

Indiana had one of the Big Ten's top four offenses last season with 30.8 points and 442.0 yards per game. But defensively, IU allowed the most points (35.2) and yards per game (463.5)

"It's been very easy to play defense here," said Wilson, talking about how limited options at some positions has created an express lane to the starting lineup. "We've been searching, we've been looking - that's why there have been a lot of combinations. Get this corner, try that corner, how about this 'backer, that guy?

"You do play a number of defensive guys to keep them fresh. But at the end of the day we don't need depth because of injuries. We need depth for competition."

Wilson believes he has that competition on offense with Tre Roberson, Cam Coffman and Nate Sudfeld waging a three-way battle at quarterback and Tevon Coleman, Stephen Houston and D'Angelo Roberts continuing to push each other for carries at running back.

Wilson quickly glanced over to an adjacent table where wide receiver Kofi Hughes was answering questions.

"You can talk to Mr. …

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