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IU's Wynn comes up big in spring game

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Offense thrives as Cream beats Crimson

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 7:41 am

BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana' Shane Wynn changed receiving positions, but not his big-play ability.

During Saturday's annual spring game, Wynn caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cream to a 24-14 victory over the Crimson. He has moved from inside receiver, where he thrived for the last three seasons, to outside receiver.

“I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable (with the position switch yet)," Wynn said. "They (coaches) still have to help me with some of the plays. I’d say I’m about 85 percent comfortable. I still don’t know everything.

“I got a lot better with my blocking technique and film study. (To get better) it’s just film work and seeing what the cornerback does instead of the safety."

Wynn benefited from the accuracy of quarterback Tre Roberson, who threw for 176 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Wynn. Roberson also had a 65-yard touchdown run.

Cream tailback Tevin Coleman rushed for 61 yards on just three carries. Anthony Davis added 41 rushing yards. The Cream rushed for 177 yards and averaged 9.3 yards a carry.

Crimson quarterback Nate Sudfeld was 29-for-40 for 273 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. D'Angelo Roberts rushed for 47 yards. He also caught three passes for 32 yards.

All that offense came at the expense of new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr's new 3-4 scheme, but then, given the Hoosiers project to have one of the Big Ten's best offenses, it's hard to get a reading on that unit's progress.

One thing is certain, the defense must be aggressive without being reckless.

"I don't think we have the talent to play bend-but-not-break and expect to win," Wilson said, "but we can't gamble too much, either."

Defensive end David Kenney, who is getting linebacker work, played for both teams. He recorded seven tackles and a game-high two sacks.

"The kids are excited about (the new defense)," Wilson said. "It's not close to what it can be. We made some mistakes on some of those runs.

“Coach Knorr is doing a good job of leading it. We're a long ways away, but personnel wise it fits. The injuries to safeties Antonio Allen and Mark Murphy was noticeable. We're hoping to get those guys back in another week.

“The (defensive) front will be decent. It's a good starting point. The thing I like is that they get frustrated when they're giving up things. It's not the answer, but we're moving in the right direction.”

Saturday's game, which included a variety of other events including a youth clinic, drew more than 9,000.

“The spring has been pretty good," Wilson said. "The crowd was good. It's nice for the kids to feel that support."

IU's final spring practice is on Tuesday. It opens the season Saturday, Aug. 30, against Indiana State.