Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Halfway Mark

We are now halfway through the regular season and it has flown by. It's great that we're 5-1 and playing very well. I was so proud of all of my teammates Saturday as I truly felt it was a team win. All the way from Kellen Lewis to the entire scout team.

Once again, I felt that the entire team was really loose and relaxed going into the game. I wondered if we needed a big pre-game pep talk to get us fired up so I went to one of our captains, Josiah Sears, and told him that I felt we were kind of flat. He disagreed with me, saying that we were fine. He was right.

It was ridiculously hot for October. I was sweating like crazy and my legs felt heavy. I worried about my legs feeling heavy the entire game. Luckily, I felt fine for most of the game. My stomach did hurt, though. Not so much from getting the wind knocked out of me, but from drinking so much Gatorade and water to stay hydrated. I could hear the liquid moving in my stomach when I moved. But I can't really complain because I didn't cramp up at all.

In the first half I thought the game might turn into a shootout. I was glad that it didn't. Our defense played so well. We knew that Minnesota had a great offense that was fully capable of putting up points. After the first quarter the defense clamped down and didn't give up any points until the fourth quarter.

The day before the game the team has a relaxation and concentration activity that we do to help get ourselves ready. After Friday's session left tackle Roger Saffold told me that he envisioned a play where he had a successful block. He explained that once he had finished off his man he looked downfield and saw me running for the end zone! I thought this was amazing and I told him, "Well, I guess we better go ahead and make that happen." I hope what went down the next day did his vision justice.

As you probably know, I scored three touchdowns. It was truly a blessing to have the opportunity to get in there and make plays for our team. But at the same time I'm not going to sit here and dwell on it. I was very happy to have my parents there to see everything. They were so proud. It felt like high school again.

The offensive line played a stellar game on and I know they will continue to do so. I don't like seeing any of my teammates hurt and I wish everyone can return this wish weekend. Every man counts and means so much to this team. We need everyone because we are all in this together.

I was so happy to see Trea Burgess get some reps in the backfield on Saturday. He works hard in practice when given the chance and I know he will continue to do great things whenever his number is called. I was also proud of our back-up center, Matt Moses, for coming in and doing a good job filling in for Ben Wyss. I had confidence in him from the moment he got in the game.

Up next is Michigan State. The Spartans will be a tough and physical opponent and it will take a performance from us like the past couple weeks to beat them. We wouldn't want it any other way and welcome the challenge.

Besides, last time I checked I didn't see King Leonidas on their roster, so we should be all good.

"Me,we." - Muhammad Ali


Jimmy said...

Great game BP! You did a great job! Get that 6th win!

Anonymous said...

Great game. You represent the Fort very well.


Anonymous said...

Helluva game, man. Keep it up. Go Hoosiers!

Anonymous said...

Great job against Minni. I hope the team keeps getting better and hungier every game. Win out.

Anonymous said...

Take Sparty Down! Thanks for the blog, it's great.

Mike in Indy said...

Great job last week, Bryan! That TD you had when you carried the Minnesota defender into the end zone was one heck of a run. Keep it up and go into East Lansing and take care of the ball and take it to the Spartans. I know you guys will!!!! This is truly going to be a special year - GO HOOSIERS!

Anonymous said...

Good game buddy, way to represent the Wayne! MSU is going downtown to China town!!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!!! You guys are making people take notice. Congrats on a great game and like you said a "Team Win". I hope you get the starting nod on Sat. You deserve it after what you did to Minny. I don't get to catch any games on the west coast, but I always follow IU fball on the internet somehow , someway...Play 13!! You guys are doing big things and Hoosiers everywhere are believing......GO IU!!

Anonymous said...

You are a great representative for college athletes in an era when all we seem to hear about are the arrests and trouble off the field. I enjoy reading your blog and wish you and the Hoosiers well the rest of the season... except Saturday because I am a Spartan fan!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bry--
Good luck to you and the rest of the team on Saturday. If you guys just play YOUR game you will be victorious...I smell victory.

Mom and Dad

Mike P. said...

Great job last week! I have been a big supporter of yours, and have been telling people on The Hoosier Scoop that you should be the starting running back ever since the ISU game! 5-1 is awesome, and the best part is the HOOSIERS ar ranked ABOVE Michigan in both the Top 25 polls!!!

Drop by my blog @ http://hoosierfootball.blogspot.com/

CJ said...

Just read about your blog in the Indy Star this morning Love it! I look forward to reading more each week and listening to the radio for another Hoosier victory tonight!!!!!! You guys are truly a very special team.

Anonymous said...

you never write when you guys lose.

Brian said...

I went to this game. Great Performance. I am from the Fort Wayne area and likes to see Hines, hardy, Wyss, and you get some playing time. Keep it up. Go Hoosiers!