Indiana coach Kevin Wilson took his turn on the weekly Big Ten teleconference Tuesday to laud his team’s performance in last weekend’s big win over Michigan State and to look ahead to Saturday’s challenge against Ohio State.
What else did Wilson have to say? Check it out.
- The tradition of Ohio high school football providing talent to the Buckeyes is a primary reason for Ohio State’s long-term success, Wilson said.
- Ohio State, he said, is playing “awesome.”
- Wilson stopped short of saying the Hoosiers have turned around the defense, but credits new coordinator Tom Allen for helping establish a new standard. He says the players are not the most talented, but a group that has matured and improved.
- Wide receiver Mitchell Paige has surprised Wilson. He said Paige (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) is a well-rounded athlete but looks like he should be on the intramural squad. He said Paige’s spirit and perseverance have made him a leader. He says Paige is quicker than former NFL receiver Wes Welker (who is 5-9), has receiving skills and is intelligent.
- Wilson said the Buckeyes defense has a sound “structure” and includes a lot of guys who play hard, challenging offenses on each down. Wilson said you can see a little influence from OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
- Wilson said Ohio State would be undefeated even if it didn’t have the offense it does .
- Wilson hired Tom Allen as defensive coordinator this year knowing of his “pedigree,” his “dynamic spirit” and his history working against high-tempo offenses. He said Allen has helped the culture change at Indiana.
- Wilson said you can’t be a leader if you can’t “lead yourself” and that quarterback Richard Lagow has really improved in that respect from the start of the season, showing it against Michigan State.
Indiana will face Ohio State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on ESPN.