Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Hope and concern: Indiana
By ESPN.com staff
The Hope and Concern series continues with the Indiana Hoosiers.
Biggest reason for hope: Wide receivers and tight ends
One group new IU coach Kevin Wilson doesn't have to worry about is wide receiver. Indiana once again will boast one of the Big Ten's deepest and most talented collections of wideouts. Despite losing NFL draft pick Tandon Doss as well as Terrance Turner, Indiana brings back Damarlo Belcher, the Big Ten leader in receptions last fall, along with sophomore Duwyce Wilson and sophomore Kofi Hughes, who took a step forward during spring practice. Tight end Ted Bolser also returns to the mix after a 27-catch performance as a freshman in 2010. Although Indiana still doesn't know its starting quarterback, whoever wins the job will have options at his disposal.
Biggest reason for concern: Depth on defense
While Indiana must figure out its starting offensive backfield, defense remains the No. 1 area of concern with this team until proven otherwise. The Hoosiers exited the spring feeling good about several individual defenders -- linebackers Jeff Thomas and Leon Beckum, defensive end Darius Johnson, defensive backs Greg Heban and Lawrence Barnett, to name a few -- but whether they have enough depth to get through the season remains to be seen. Injuries will crop up in Big Ten play, and Indiana hasn't shown the ability to survive them on defense in recent years. The summer will be essential as the Hoosiers try to find insurance throughout the unit.
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