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.