BLOOMINGTON – Shane Wynn talked a good game and played a better one.
Relishing the chance to help draft the Cream squad for Indiana’s spring scrimmage, Wynn caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 24-14 victory over Crimson on Saturday.
The gregarious senior felt vindicated by his draft picks.
All of ’em, Wynn said. The draft process was fun (Friday). I’m fixing to talk about this all week. Before the game was even over, I was making them mad.
If not for Wynn’s big plays, the annual game might have been even more oriented toward the defensive alignments installed by new coordinator Brian Knorr.
Combined, the two defenses – which featured some overlaps in personnel – had three interceptions, five sacks and four tackles for loss.
Against the Hoosiers’ explosive offense, the performance showed signs of defensive improvement.
Our kids did a pretty good job, Knorr said. A couple times we held up in the red zone. I was encouraged that we tackled pretty well.
Knorr said he’s taught less than half the playbook for the new 3-4 defense.
Among the standouts were cornerback Rashard Fant, who had six tackles and a pick, and nose tackle Nate Hoff, who had seven stops and a sack.
The most encouraging thing from (the spring game) was you have guys like Fant and Hoff who are going to push the guys ahead of them, Knorr said. The only way guys are going to get better is if their playing time is at stake.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson continued to nurture quarterbacks Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld. With one practice session left this spring, the junior passers remain neck-and-neck.
Roberson was 10-of-22 passing for 176 yards with a TD and an interception. His 65-yard scoring run gave the Cream team a 10-0 lead and was the day’s flashiest highlight. Roberson kept the ball on a read-option call.
He tricked me, Wynn said with wide eyes. The tailback had stopped. I was wondering what he was doing. Then everybody started yelling, Tre has the ball!’
Sudfeld was 29 of 40 for 273 yards with one TD and two picks.
Wilson isn’t sure whether he wants one quarterback or a rotation like last season.
They’re both better than they were, Wilson said. Maybe someone emerges. Maybe we get both on the field. We need to be thankful they keep their ego in check.
They’ll leave the good-natured ego to Wynn.
Senior linebacker David Cooper, one of the Crimson captains, was already feeling the brunt of Wynn’s chatter.
That guy made me so mad, Cooper said. We were going at it since we found out we were captains on different teams. I told him I had picked a better team and we were going to dominate.
Wynn pointed toward the scoreboard.
I might be at home and he’ll call me up to say something, Cooper said. I won’t hear the end of it. Hey, at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team.