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What’s all this ‘one word’ stuff for Indiana football on Twitter?

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After coming up short in losses in 2016, Indiana is poised to have a breakout 2017. And there’s a theme for the season.

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If you haven’t been keeping up with Tom Allen on Twitter (which you can do right here), his timeline has been dominated with his assistant coaches and players “words”.

I’m not talking just the English language here, no, I am talking about specific words such as Tegray Scales’ “solid”, Joseph Gedeon’s “discipline”, and even our own Eddie Cotton’s “grow”. These are the words that players (and reporter) have chosen to theme their personal 2017 season.

But Tom Allen’s word, “breakthrough”, is the main theme for IU in 2017.

“This is a great time for us to come together as a team,” said Director of Athletic Performance Keith Caton “and initiate that breakthrough, which is what coach Allen wants.”

That breakthrough looks plausible for the Hoosiers in 2017. While schedule starts with a tough Thursday night game on August 31st against College Football Playoff semi-finalist participant Ohio State, their next three games are against teams that had losing records in 2016. But it’s not just about coming together in 2017.

“To me it means doing all the little things right,” said offensive lineman Wes Martin “so we can win those close games that we seem to be in and come up short in a lot of times.”

Last year Indiana lost five of their six games by just ten points or less. A majority of those losses came against ranked opponents as well.

However, the future of this team looks bright. With a returning quarterback in Richard Lagow, a premier linebacker corps, and an excellent wide receiving core returning its No. 1 receiver in Simi Cobbs, the sky’s the limit for the cream and crimson.