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Hoosiers stay vanilla in Cream’s spring win

– Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson is aware that opponents will be watching film of his team’s spring game as a part of scouting the Hoosiers. He and his staff took that to heart when planning for Saturday’s Cream vs. Crimson game, which resulted in a 21-7 Cream victory.

During Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium, neither IU’s offense nor defense revealed much, staying with primarily simple plays outside of a handful of screens and a reverse.

“We played very vanilla on both sides,” Wilson said. “Some very static, standard blitzes, very base fronts, very base formations, very standard plays, because we open the season with game one and game two where we’re the opening team.”

The strategy resulted in a high completion percentage for IU’s quarterbacks. Sophomore Cameron Coffman started the final 10 games for IU in 2012 after fellow sophomore Tre Roberson broke his leg, and both received plenty of snaps Saturday.

Freshman Nate Sudfeld, who played in every game in 2012, played about the same amount as Coffman and Roberson.

Throughout spring camp, Wilson was giving fairly equal playing time to each of the three quarterbacks, and Wilson said all three can give his team a chance to win. None of the three has separated himself from the others.

The race for the starting job is so tight that instead of choosing a starter for the game, Wilson held a relay race involving fans to decide which quarterback would start. The fan representing Coffman won the race, and Coffman was the first one to take a snap.

Coffman started for the Cream team and Roberson started for the Crimson.

The quarterbacks frequently switched teams. Coffman led in both completions and yards, completing 17 of his 24 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

As a whole, the quarterbacks completed 38 of 57 passes for 424 yards.

The team as a whole compiled 509 yards. Coffman said the numbers were no accident, and that throwing the ball is a large part of Indiana’s identity.

“As far as our offense goes, we like to spread it out, obviously,” Coffman said. “If you watched us last year, we like to throw it down the field and we like to throw it, so that’s kind of how our offense goes.”

At the receiving end of those passes was an Indiana receiving corps that has grown used to all three quarterbacks. Sophomore receiver Shane Wynn immediately became involved Saturday.

He caught three catches on the first drive for a combined 51 yards and a touchdown.

Wynn finished with six receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Wilson was happy with the way Wynn and the other receivers played, but after the game, Wilson said the team’s success will still come down to whoever will be in the pocket for the Hoosiers.

“We’re not going to be a good team if one of those quarterbacks doesn’t play great,” Wilson said, “because for us to be good, those guys have to play at a high level. It will be interesting.”

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