Many changes coming to the Hoosiers’ offensive program this season – Hoosier Huddle
Written by Matt Smith
Offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan met the media Thursday during Indiana Media Day. Sheridan is entering his second season as the Hoosiers offensive coordinator. Sheridan has talked a lot about the changes that can be made to the Hoosier offense, including which new players he is most excited about.
“We can stay here for a long time talking about the things I can do better, you have to make decisions based on the circumstances, and the last year has certainly been unique in that,” Sheridan said. “You have to make decisions about how much stratagem you put into an attack, there’s always a fine line… what a player can’t perform at a high level, but if you don’t. not do enough, sometimes you can be predictable.
One of the biggest questions the Hoosiers offense faces this season is the offensive line which had a disappointing season as a group last season.
“I think we are still under construction up front in relation to the depth piece you are laying. I think we have a pretty good idea of who we expect to be in the top group or in the top group and a half. These positions are still open and to be determined. But there are definitely players out there who have a ton of experience and we expect them to continue to elevate their game, ”said Sheridan. “You are talking about the most important and strongest part of the game. You are entering the line of scrimmage. Not only physically, but also communication and recognition at this level of football, it takes time.
A new addition that came in during the offseason was running backs coach Deland McCullough, and Sheridan is very happy to have him on staff this season. Sheridan praised McCullough at his press conference and said the running back room was also something exciting.
One of those players is Stephen Carr, a transfer from USC who was brought in during the offseason.
“Seeing him out there on the grass for the first time live, for us and our team and our unit, having the chance to get our hands on him is great. At the start of the camp it will be important to see what his role looks like and what are the things he does well and the things that we can present, ”said Sheridan.
With all the new additions and changes to the offense this season, one of the biggest could be the addition of wide receiver DJ Matthews who transferred from Florida State during the offseason. Matthews will lead receivers alongside senior Ty Fryfogle.
“I think some of the physical things are pretty well known. You’ve seen from some of the production he’s had in his career just because of the elusiveness, the speed, and the change of direction. These things kept on growing and he kept on getting stronger. You can see it on the film. I think what I liked the most about DJing was the level of maturity, the experience, the preparation, the note taking and the study of the film. Some of those things that a player like him and the overall experiences he’s had, and his maturity have rubbed off on the whole squad, ”said Sheridan.