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Eyeing IU


Hoosiers Notebook: Three to compete for backup QB

CHICAGO – Not having Tre Roberson means Indiana loses its depth under center.

The backup quarterback position is now in a state of peril.

In the case of an injury to Nate Sudfeld, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson would need a passer who could fill in.

Wilson discussed the preseason agenda of developing a backup quarterback on Monday at the Big Ten’s media days at the Hilton on Michigan Avenue.

He’s focusing on Nate Boudreau, Danny Cameron and Zander Diamont.

“It’s going to be a three-man battle,” Wilson said. “A more veteran guy in Boudreau. Danny is a coach’s kid, kind of a gym rat. We’ll see where Zander is with his talent, a young, athletic guy.”

No panic, though. Wilson promised he would develop one of them into a steady backup.

LUCKY SEVEN: Wilson said he wished Indiana had seven home games in 2014 instead of six.

“To me, having seven home games is critical to having a winning program at IU,” he said.

SURPRISED: Sudfeld said Roberson’s transfer caught him off guard. Roberson had only mentioned the possibility once before informing Sudfeld by a text message of his final decision.

Sudfeld said the move was bittersweet but left him with an “incredible opportunity” as the unquestioned starter.

RETURN GAME: Shane Wynn said he expects to field punts – and wants to – despite being Indiana’s only proven receiver.

HOFF MONSTER: Linebacker David Cooper said defensive lineman Nate Hoff has been a monster at the nose position in new coordinator Brian Knorr’s 3-4 alignment. Ralph Green is expected to start there, but Cooper said Hoff’s feats would have to be seen to be believed.

Cooper said the ability of a nose tackle to occupy multiple blockers is key to freeing up linebackers to make plays in the 3-4.

BOOTH, PLEASE: Wynn said that because freshman wideout Dominique Booth is so gifted – and enrolled a semester early – it is easy to forget Booth is only a freshman.

“He’ll be on the field a lot this year,” Wynn said.