This worked so well last season, let’s try it again…
QB depth takes a hit
Last year’s big question going into the season is settled this year after former starters Tre Roberson and Cam Coffman both decided to transfer in the offseason. The clear No. 1 quarterback now is Nate Sudfeld, who led the Hoosiers last season with 2,523 passing yards and 21 TD passes. A 3,000-yard season is almost certain for Sudfeld. IU has had just two such seasons, by Kellen Lewis in 2007 and Ben Chappell in 2010.
Of course, there’s little experienced depth behind Sudfeld. Redshirt sophomore Nate Boudreau entered fall camp as Sudfeld’s top backup; Boudreau appeared in two games last season but has yet to throw an official collegiate pass. Zander Diamont, the Los Angeles City Player of the Year in 2013, could challenge Boudreau, with redshirt freshman Bryce Smith and freshman Danny Cameron (the son of former IU coach Cam Cameron) also on the depth chart.
Key to success: Keep Sudfeld healthy.