Sunday, January 15, 2012
Hoosiers QBs Wright-Baker, Kiel leave team
By Adam Rittenberg
At times, Tre Roberson looked like the future of Indiana's offense down the stretch of the regular season. The freshman showcased good speed and play-making ability.
To push Roberson, Indiana on Thursday secured a verbal commitment from Cameron Coffman, who accounted for 34 touchdowns (21 pass, 13 rush) as a freshman at Arizona Western College in 2011. Coffman, who passed for 2,244 yards and ran for 945 yards, received several Big 12 offers coming out of high school.
He has three seasons of eligibility left and will compete with Roberson for the top job in new coordinator Seth Littrell's offense.
It's pretty clear where Indiana is headed on offense, as both Roberson and Coffman look like good fits for the spread. It seemed unlikely Dusty Kiel and Ed Wright-Baker would be part of the plan, and both quarterbacks have decided to leave the program, the team confirmed Saturday.
Wright-Baker started Indiana's first four games in 2011. Kiel started the next two before giving way to Wright-Baker again. Both men then stepped aside as Roberson started Indiana's final five contests.
Kiel's younger brother Gunner, one of the nation's top recruits, decommitted from Indiana in October after pledging to join his brother in late July. It's not a surprise that the older Kiel would eventually look elsewhere as well.
Both Dusty Kiel and Wright-Baker have two years of eligibility left. No word yet on potential transfer destinations for either quarterback.
The departures leave IU a bit thin at quarterback, and it'll be interesting to see if any other signal callers are added to the 2012 class.