Checking in with the Hoosiers ...

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Hello from John Mellencamp's favorite small town.

I've spent the afternoon catching up with players and coaches from Indiana and am about to go outside and watch Kevin Wilson's team practice. The Hoosiers were 1-11 last year, so they've got a whole lot of work to do. What's interesting to me about this team is that they played so many freshmen last year that this is still an incredibly young squad, but one with some valuable game experience.

Can Tre Roberson take the next step as a quarterback? Can the defense stop anybody? These are major questions surrounding IU this spring. Wilson told me that his team has a long way to go, but he likes the attitude and energy his players have had this spring. He and his staff are focusing more on teaching and team building than anything else, but at least they now have some players who understand what they're trying to accomplish. And junior college linebackers David Cooper and Jacarri Alexander are drawing praise from the coaches for the passion and effort they've brought this spring.

I'll have a video up shortly from here and will have much more on the Hoosiers tomorrow and in the coming days, so stay tuned.