Media Day Mashup: Pinkel expects Indiana to play fast

Media Day Mashup: Pinkel expects Indiana to play fast

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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, Missouri's head coach Gary Pinkel watches as Nebraska's Roy Helu Jr. (10) is tackled during an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Missouri has rebounded from being on the wrong end of a record-breaking performance before. The Tigers' defense believes they can do it again. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver, File0

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:21 AM

(MU FootballApp) -- Speaking to reporters on Media Day, head coach Gary Pikel talked defense against the Hoosiers Saturday:

On defensive scheming for a passing attack like Indiana’s…

“When you play nickel and dimes and things like that, they have good offensive scheme. There are a lot of different things they play. Fastball, they play fast. They certainly get their reps in, and they are very, very potent. Their quarterback, Sudfeld, is really good, and I am really impressed with him. They play a couple of the other guys too. The way he has been playing, I suggest that he might play more or the whole game, but we’ve got to be ready for all three of them. We understand that. We played a lot of nickels thus far this year as it is, and that is part of our strategy and our personnel‐making decisions.”

On creating pressure on the opposing quarterbacks…

“We would like to have more sacks. I think people have been pretty good about getting rid of the football, and the only issue has been the Toledo guy. He played really well. He did not put him in the position to stand back there very long. That ball was gone. I think he did a good job on getting rid of it. I think we created some poor throws and that lead to two interceptions. So, I think we are doing some good things but we certainly would like to get more sacks.”

Watch video of Pinkel discussing Indiana

On rotating defensive tackles against up‐tempo teams…

“Yeah, we are a little bit. We are playing those fastball teams. So everyone in the country should know that all the speed going on the field, you’ll be playing more people because you have to keep things fresh. That is one of the challenges you have going against these tough offensives. You have to play more people, and I think that has a lot to do with it also.”

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