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Sunday Teleconference Notes

- The re-sodded field had “a little bit of impact” on the game, Coach Al Groh said. A couple players stumbled and the turf tore at times in the game. “We once has what was rated as the best field in college football,” Groh said. “We don’t have that anymore.”

- Running back Mikell Simpson is “feeling better”. He attended Sunday’s meetings and practice, although he did not participate in practice. Groh added that Simpson’s status is not yet known and he will continue to be evaluated through the week.

- Regarding the onsides kick at the end of the first half, the plan was to kick the ball in such a way that the clock would expire on Indiana’s return. “Obviously, as with all of our kicks yesterday other than our placements, it wasn’t done to our satisfaction,” Groh said. It sounds like there will be a competition between Chris Hinkebein and Robert Randolph for the kickoffs.

Hinkebein has the stronger leg, but he struggled with placement. Randolph does appeasr to have the leg to reach the end zone on kickoffs.

- Offensive tackle Landon Bradley and guard Austin Pasztor have both elevated their performance on the offense line, Groh said. The coaching staff was pleased with the way Torrey Mack filled in for Simpson in the second half. Groh was also pleased with the safety rotation between Brandon Woods and Corey Mosley.

- Freshmen Tucker Windle and Oday Aboushi both played their first career snaps on Saturday, but it was not simply to prepare the players for next season. “The consideration is that they might have to play next week,” Groh said. Both players are one injury away on the depth chart.

By Zach Berman  |  October 11, 2009; 10:59 PM ET
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