BLOOMINGTON – He was the one who produced the majority of the excitement in the game.
Twice he managed to find receiver Shane Wynn for touchdown strikes at Indiana’s Spring Game Saturday afternoon, each one completed in exciting fashion by the receiver.
Cam Coffman even contributed to a trio of quarterbacks who combined to throw for over 400 yards on a sunny afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Yet he was the first to admit that the plan going into the game may have actually been the opposite of sophisticated entertainment.
“Even our play calling was a little bit vanilla, we didn’t want to show everything we do for other people to watch it, other teams,” said Coffman of the game’s strategy. “But it was fun just to go out there and like a real game. It was a little bit different than a scrimmage or a practice.
“It was fun just to get back out there and play a game again.”
Within those comments lie the goal of head coach Kevin Wilson for his third spring game with the Hoosiers.
“To have some fun,” listed Wilson as one of his goals for the spring game. “We went five weeks, we spread it out. Before spring break, take a break. Easter break, take a break. They’re lifting in between practices, so it’s been a grind. For them to have energy and enthusiasm and wrap it up with a lot of fun was good.”
At the same time the two-hour game between Cream and Crimson squads-which were chosen via a draft by the captains-was meant to be a workout that wouldn’t show too much of what was to come for the 2013 season. With the game televised, Wilson wanted some of his fall strategies to be a spring mystery.
“We played vanilla on both sides. 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,” said Wilson of the spring game strategy. “Trust me, this thing on BTN that everyone says is good for Indiana, you don’t want to show a lot to your opponent because they get a free scouting report.
“We will not see the Indiana State or Navy spring game because I don’t believe Navy is on TV, I don’t think Indiana State is. So that being said there is a little bit coyness in the cards that you play today.”
Still there were some plays that would stand out to Indiana fans like last season that came in the passing game. Sudfeld led the quarterbacks with 181 yards, completing 14-of-16 passes including a touchdown to Cody Latimer-which was the only score of the day for his Crimson team.
Coffman led the Cream squad with 174 yards passing on 17-of-23 passing while finding Wynn for the pair of touchdowns. The junior receiver gave the crowd something to cheer about on each, out-maneuvering defenders and breaking a tackle to get in the endzone with the first while jumping up high to snag another scoring pass from Coffman in the second half.
Tre Roberson added 63 yards passing to bring the three’s totals helped bring the trio’s yardage total to 418.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sudfeld of the game. “I thought it was a good ending to a very good spring and I think obviously there are some things we can still work on, we showed that today, but I also think we’re in the right direction.”