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Video: Indiana-Indiana State preview

Journal Gazette Indiana beat reporter Kyle Rowland previews the Hoosiers' season opener versus Indiana State.

Indiana State...then an off week

Indiana’s 2014 season is just mere hours away from kicking off. I released my predictions for the coming season earlier this week and, yes, today’s game against Indiana State is one of the seven wins I forecasted for the Hoosiers.

About that South Carolina pick…yeah.

Yesterday, I wrote a feature on junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who finally has the starting job to himself and is poised for a big season.

Today sets up well for Indiana to iron out the kinks and get both sides of the ball in the groove before preparing for a huge three-game stretch. No offense to the Sycamores, but they don’t pose much of a challenge for IU.

Most coaches wouldn’t like a bye week after the first game. For Indiana, though, it sets up nicely. It plays one game against a weak opponent, then gets a week to improve in practice before playing at Bowling Green, at Missouri and hosting Maryland.

“If we didn’t have another bye week I would really not like it,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. “Eleven weeks in a row, you kind of get nicked up and beat up. We have a chance to regroup and have a six‑game run and then an open date, and then a five‑game run.”

Notes:

  • Homestead graduate Isaac Griffith, who was injured in a swimming accident during the spring, has progressed throughout fall camp and doesn’t have any limitations, Wilson said. The redshirt freshman wide receiver is a little behind the curve from missing spring drills, but Wilson said he’s competing to be part of the offensive depth chart and should see time on special teams.
  • Sophomore Laray Smith has moved from running back to cornerback, according to Wilson. The move was made this fall.
  • Backing up Tevin Coleman will be D’Angelo Roberts, Myles Graham, Anthony Davis, Andrew Wilson and Devine Redding.
  • Former Indiana standout – and Terre Haute native – Anthony Thompson will be recognized today. He will join the captains for the coin toss and the Hoosiers will wear an “A.T. 32” decal on their helmets.
  • Indiana is 5-0 all-time against Indiana State.
  • The Hoosiers enter 2014 with the most career offensive line starts in the country: 130.

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