What Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen Said About Ohio State On The Weekly Big Ten Coaches' Teleconference

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What Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen Said About Ohio State On The Weekly Big Ten Coaches' Teleconference

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What Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen Said About Ohio State On The Weekly Big Ten Coaches' Teleconference


Tom Allen joined the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference earlier this week to preview the Ohio State matchup. Here’s what he had to say about the Buckeyes.


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It’s always interesting to see how opposing coaches view Ohio State on a yearly basis. Many are complimentary but in a calculated way, while some — like Indiana head coach Tom Allen — heap praise upon the Buckeyes.

To that end, we have a complete transcript of what the Indiana head man said to say about Ohio State and the challenge ahead of the Cream and Crimson this weekend.

Opening Statement from Tom Allen:

“It was good to get an important road win last week. I thought our kids were prepared and came to play early. Not pleased with how we handled the second half. Didn’t finish with the intensity and focus I want to see us have. So made it very interesting at the end, had to find a way to close it out and were able to do that. So that was positive.”

On Indiana Quarterback Petyon Ramsey:

“I think the improvement area has just come in his poise and confidence of knowing where to take the ball. Very patient in the pocket with his eyes downfield. Anytime you’ve got a guy that can run the ball a little bit, sometimes younger in his career, he runs too quickly without keeping his eyes downfield. He’s doing a better job of that and being patient. When he has to run, he’ll run. If not, he’ll create time and space for our receivers to get open and get key first downs, which is what he did last week. So he’s just gotten better. He’s a year older. He’s bigger, faster, stronger. He’s just such a competitor and our team believes in him. So he just keeps growing, keeps leading and glad he plays for the Hoosiers.”

On Indiana playing Ohio State close for a while last year:

“Ohio State remains the challenge for the Hoosiers and the rest of the Big Ten because of the Buckeyes’ depth with talent across special teams and past the starters. We just kind of ran out of gas throughout that game and just wore us down. That’s about recruiting and player development, so we’ve been addressing those issues since last season. It’s not going to be fixed overnight. I think we’re getting closer in that area, but we’re a very young football team overall this year. So we do have more depth, but we don’t have the same kind of depth that I want us to have. So it’s a process of growing that.

On Chase Young filling in for the absence of Nick Bosa on Ohio State’s defensive line.

“He’s impressive. He’s just so long and I thought that he really, as I watched him throughout the season on film, just keeps getting better and better. Obviously, losing Bosa is a tough blow for any team. But just the depth, the talent on their defensive line continues to impress me. I know it’s a hard position to recruit to — to find those guys, they’re hard to get and they just have so many of them. I just look at their whole roster and there’s just so many talented players. I’ve coached in other conferences and played a lot of good football teams. They’re right there with the best of the best and it’s impressive. But they’re so well-coached, too, and that’s the thing. I love watching them play, unless it’s up close and personal when you’re playing them, but I just respect the hard work that they put in, how well-coached they are, how hard they play and they’re gifted. So yeah, they just keep rolling them in and there’s a lot of ‘next man up’ it seems like there and that’s what you want and that’s what they’re doing. The elite teams have great defensive lines and great D-linemen and great D-line coaches, so they have all the above.”

On how Indiana could change its offensive game plan against Ohio State because of the Buckeyes history of giving up big plays so far in 2018:

“They make it so hard on you, so if you can find a way to create a big play, that’s a huge positive. Just going through, trying to figure out what we can do and that’s obviously part of our plan is to find the advantages we can gain in certain situations to get the ball in our guys’ hands to create a big play and move the chains. You want to be able to control the ball as best you can as well. You want to get first downs, that’s a key thing. You don’t want to give their offense the ball too much and too much time for them, so that’s the balance you want to have. But every big play we can create, we’re going to do everything we can to create that and try to find any matchup we can take advantage of. They’re hard. The chinks in the armor are hard to find against what they do.”

 

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