How has the pistol offense progressed this off-season?
BL: You always add some new wrinkles, but in the second year of a system we are going to be that much better. We really play to the strengths of our quarterback [Ben Chappell]. If you go back and look at Nevada, they use the option a lot, but Ben's not an option quarterback. We'd rather utilize the run game and play-action pass and keep the ball in his hands.
SI: WHERE CAN YOU IMPROVE ON OFFENSE?
BL: WE HAVE TO RUN THE BALL BETTER SO DEFENSES LOOK AT US AS A BALANCED OFFENSE. IF YOU ARE JUST THROWING THE BALL, THEY CAN GEAR UP BLITZES AND COVERAGES AND GIVE YOU TROUBLE.
How do you develop players over time to create depth in your program?
BL: It starts with recruiting and certainly goes throughout our off-season program. But it all comes down to our philosophy of redshirting as many men as we can. That's when you can get great player development and take that kid in his first year on campus and really work with him.
What held Indiana back the most last season?
BL: We were pretty close on both sides of the ball, but we have to get better on third-down conversions.