Thursday, March 14, 2013
Spring breakout player: Indiana
By Adam Rittenberg
Spring practice is underway around most of the Big Ten, and we're taking a look at one potential breakout player for each team. We’re spotlighting players who could take a major step during spring ball, so those who have started multiple seasons or earned All-Big Ten recognition in 2012 aren't eligible.
Up next, the Indiana Hoosiers, who started spring practice March 2. IU has no shortage of options at quarterback, but keep an eye on ...
Nate Sudfeld, QB, sophomore, 6-foot-5, 234 pounds
Sudfeld is hardly an unknown name after appearing in seven games as a freshman and passing for 632 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception in 82 pass attempts. Although Cameron Coffman claimed the starting role after Tre Roberson's injury, Sudfeld showed great potential and brings tremendous size and arm strength to the pocket. He's competing this spring with both Coffman and Roberson for the starting job, and early reports say he has stood out in the first set of workouts.
Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson told ESPN.com before the spring that while all three quarterbacks have put up decent numbers, none has shown a consistent ability to win games at the college level. "Are you the best extension of the coaching staff and what we're trying to do?" Wilson said. "The game's called football and we put the football in your hands every snap. It's got to be a guy you trust, because you give him the game, every game, and say, 'Go play.'"
Sudfield can't match Roberson's athleticism, but he brings other qualities to the table that could put him in the mix for increased playing time after a good spring.