Coach: Kevin Wilson
Record: 4-8 (2-6 Big Ten)
What went wrong: After winning its first two games, Indiana lost five in a row. Four of the losses were by four or fewer points. Indiana let late leads slip away against Ball State and at Navy.
Defensively, IU struggled to stop the run. Indiana finished last in the Big Ten in rushing defense, surrendering 231.3 yards per game. IU was also last in the conference in total defense (463.5 yards per game) and scoring defense (35.2 points per game).
Indiana lost starting quarterback Tre Roberson to a season-ending leg injury in the second game of the year at Massachusetts. Roberson was off to a fast start, passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
What went right: Roberson’s injury meant Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld had to step in. And both played well. Coffman finished second in the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 248.5 yards. A transfer, Coffman finished with 2,734 yards and 15 touchdowns. Sudfeld passed for 632 yards and seven touchdowns. The freshman played a crucial role in a win at Illinois, throwing two touchdowns.
Indiana finished first in the Big Ten in passing offense (311.2 yards per game), second in total offense (442 yards per game) and fourth in scoring offense (30.8 points per game).
The Hoosiers weren’t consistent running the ball, but Stephen Houston did have a nose for the end zone, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns.
Wide receivers Shane Wynn, Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes and tight end Ted Bolser made big plays. Latimer led the team with 805 receiving yards. Wynn and Latimer both had six touchdown catches.
Defensively, tackle Adam Replogle played at an All-Big Ten level. He had 71 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Outlook: Indiana showed progress in Wilson’s second season. The team went from one win to four. The Hoosiers won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time since 2007 and had a buzzworthy game against Wisconsin.
IU lost that game to the Badgers, and the final two games that followed.
Indiana has a strong recruiting class coming in. Four four-star recruits (defensive end David Kenney, safety Antonio Allen, cornerback Rashard Fant and defensive tackle Darius Latham) are among those with oral commitments to the school for the Class of 2013.
– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette