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Big Ten Media Days 2014: Can the defense make the jump for Indiana football?

Is this the year Indiana makes a jump to a bowl? Indiana's Kevin Wilson discusses that, and more, at Big Ten Media Days.

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Kevin Wilson opened up by talking about how his squad is now more experienced and mature, and that the team has better depth than before. Also says that he has a number of freshman who he thinks should be in the mix to complete and play this season.

Says Tevin Coleman is as talented as any running back in the Big Ten. Says he's an impact guy, and very strong. Wilson also says that Indiana has an excellent offensive line, reminds the group that every single linemen return from last year. Coleman may be the "feature" back, but he expects Indiana to still use multiple running backs.

The big question, of course, with Indiana, is with their defense. When asked how good the defense needs to be in order for the Hoosiers to take the next step, Wilson talked about the need to see constant improvement. Did expect to be significantly improved on defense:

One of the big offseason stories out of Indiana was the news of Tre Roberson's transfer out of the program. Wilson said he encouraged Roberson to stay with the program, but understands wanting to be "the guy", and wishes him well. Wilson believes that Nate Sudfeld can be one of the best QBs in the Big Ten if he continues to improve, stay hungry and stay humble.

Behind Sudfeld, Wilson projects Nate Boudreau to be the backup, but that isn't set in stone.

On scheduling, Wilson says you don't want an open date in week 1, and that the schedule will be stepping up soon, with the extra league game, and with Indiana not playing FCS squads, it'll be tough. Also reiterates how hard it is to schedule when you need to get seven home games a season, especially with a nine game league slate. Says getting seven home games will be critical to building winning football at Indiana.