BLOOMINGTON – Indiana isnt going bowling. That doesnt mean the Hoosiers have had a bad year.
I think weve made some solid progress, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Tuesday. I think weve got some scoreboards that we needed to get on our side that we let go. I dont think we managed the game right or call it right or execute it right or make a play.
Wilson says IU has a lot of work to do, but it has certainly made progress after last years one-win debacle in Wilsons first season.
Now the foundation is taking off and were moving, Wilson said. Weve had a little bit more success. Weve got an opportunity this week to get our third Big Ten win. So that would be a nice finish.
This weekends game at rival Purdue would certainly do that. Indiana defensive tackle Adam Replogle will play his last game as a Hoosier on Saturday, and he thinks Indiana is headed in the right direction.
We just need to improve every day, Replogle said. I think weve done that as a team, weve done that as a program and we just need to do that on Saturday. We just have to get better. And I think youve seen that and I think youre still going to remain to see that here in years to come.
Indiana has higher expectations for itself.
To me, we have a long way to go because were not trying to be competitive, were not trying to be close, Wilson said. We cautioned our team early in the year to not accept being patted on the back for playing a close game. Our object is to win, play winning football
Its been a rough two weeks for the Hoosiers, getting blown out at home against Wisconsin, 62-14, and on the road at Penn State last week, 45-22.
The losses rewrote a feel-good story for the Hoosiers, who had won two straight and were even a longshot at making the Big Ten title game in certain scenarios.
Replogle thinks a future bowl appearance by the Hoosiers is possible, and hes happy that he was part of the success.
For me, it would be huge knowing that we kind of laid the foundation for whats going to come, Replogle said. I would feel privileged to have played with some of the guys that would go to the bowl game. We just have great players, great coaches, so its going to happen.
But first its off to West Lafayette, where Wilson wants to send his seniors off with a sweet taste in their mouths.
Theyve made a lot of investment here, Wilson said. I think theyve helped us significantly. Theyve earmarked our program with their commitment and work, and it would be nice to send those guys out on a positive note.