Indiana OC Nick Sheridan on prepping for Michigan defense: 'We have to be more consistent'
Indiana’s offense has proven to be elite early in the B1G season. However, Hoosiers offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan is still striving for even more from his unit.
No. 13 Indiana is averaged 36.5 points during its first two games. The Hoosiers scored 36 in a narrow overtime victory vs. Penn State and followed up with 37 last week in a 16-point win at upstart Rutgers.
Sheridan still sees areas of improvement that he’d like for Indiana to shore up heading into this week’s matchup against No. 23 Michigan (11 a.m. CST/FS1).
Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has amassed 408 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Against Rutgers, the Penix Jr. led offense was rolling until the halfway point of the third quarter. Sheridan, a former quarterback at Michigan, knows it’s going to take a complete effort from the Indiana offense against the Wolverines.
Multiple times when Indiana went inside the 10-yard-line of Rutgers, they committed mistakes. The first time was when the ball snapped over Penix Jr.’s head. The other blunder was a 63-yard reception by Whop Philyor that was called back because of a facemask penalty near the goal line.
Miscues like those are what Sheridan wants cleaned up for an otherwise strong Indiana offense.
“I felt midway of the third quarter, til we got up by three scores, we looked like a very good offense.We executed. We’re able to move the ball. We threw the ball effectively. We had explosive plays. We got the ball to our guys that can make plays. There was progress, and certainly, Michael was a factor in that,” Sheridan said to the Indy Star. “Now the charge — for not just Mike, but everybody — is to play more consistent, more often. We’re going to have to do that moving forward, for sure.”
Indiana is seeking its first game against Michigan since 1987. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 59-9.
If the offense can build on the progress of the first two weeks of the season, there’s a strong chance the streak can be snapped.