BLOOMINGTON – Change has been a reoccurring theme for the Indiana football team since Kevin Wilson took over before the 2011 season.
Saturday afternoon was no different.
Thunderstorms forced the Cream and Crimson game to be moved from Memorial Stadium inside to the John Mellencamp Pavilion after the first quarter.
I said that today with the bad weather, it had a chance to be our best day, Wilson said. I think the kids took advantage of that. It wasnt the greatest practice ever but we did get some decent work in an unusual situation.
The Cream squad made the best of the venue change and held on for a 19-16 win.
The Cream squad won despite a pair of touchdowns from sophomore running back Isaiah Roundtree, who has yet to play in an official game at IU after transferring from Morehead State.
Im not surprised at all, quarterback Tre Roberson said of Roundtree. Thats Roundtree. Hes a great running back. Hes very fast, he sees holes and thats his game – make big plays all the time.
While Roundtree transitioned to the IU backfield, former Bishop Luers product Lawrence Barnett wrapped up his first full spring at the cornerback position. Barnett, who worked on the first unit Saturday, said hes more comfortable now than he was at this time last season.
Its a big difference because I know a lot of things I didnt know last year, Barnett said. This coaching staff has taught me a lot of stuff I didnt know in my first two years I was here. Its just helped me.
Barnett took his former Bishop Luers teammate Kenny Mullen under his wing when he started as a true freshman at the end of last season.
Mullen, who started alongside Barnett at cornerback on Saturday, credited IUs receivers for speeding up his maturation process.
Going against them every day can only make you better and make them better, Mullen said. It helps a lot when you go against these guys every day in practice and then you turn around and play someone who might not be a Kofi Hughes or a Duwyce Wilson.
Hughes took notice of Mullens development.
Kenny is crazy good now, Hughes said. Kenny has grown so much. I dont know what they changed with the defense, but it is ten times harder now in practice to play against them.
Saturdays game concluded IUs spring practice schedule.
IU will officially resume with summer practices on Aug. 2 to prepare them for their Sept. 1 opener against Indiana State.
According to Barnett, that cant come soon enough.
It makes us real eager, Barnett said. Just to see people get after it, hit and see Roundtree out here busting touchdowns. After a year like last year, you just want to prove people wrong. It was something new last year and we werent ready. We know our stuff now.