Indiana Iowa

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer (3) and wide receiver Kofi Hughes (13) celebrate Latimer's touchdown catch against Iowa during their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 24-21. (AP Photo/The Herald-Times, Chris Howell)


This is the second installment of a daily series updating the status of Big Ten football teams. See all of the reports at

2012 rewind

Record: 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten (fifth in the Leaders Division)

Stat leaders: Rushing, Stephen Houston 749 yards; Passing, Cameron Coffman, 2,734 yards; Receiving, Cody Latimer, 805 yards; Tackles, Greg Heban, 91; Sacks, Adam Replogle, 5; Interceptions, Heban, 3

Spring forward

Starters returning: Offense 10, Defense 9, Specialists 2

Top returners: QB Tre Roberson, QB Cameron Coffman, QB Nate Sudfeld, WR Kofi Hughes, WR Cody Latimer, TE Ted Bolser, RB Stephen Houston, LB David Cooper, S Greg Heban

Key losses: DT Adam Replogle, DT Larry Black, C Will Matte

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Four-down territory

  • Indiana doesn’t lack experience at quarterback, but coach Kevin Wilson didn’t pick a starter this spring either. Tre Roberson won the job last fall, but was injured early and Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld each gained plenty of experience. The competition will likely continue into fall camp, when Wilson is hoping for some separation between the three capable contenders. There is no shortage of capable receivers, where Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn lead the way.
  • With 10 returning starters on offense, the only spot the Hoosiers are have a vacancy is at center where Collin Rahrig emerged this spring as the likely replacement to veteran Will Matte. The offensive line is being counted on to help create a more impactful running attack, which was overshadowed by a passing attack which led the Big Ten last season. Wilson wants more balance.
  • The good news? Indiana has nine players back on defense. The bad news? Indiana has nine players back on defense from a unit which ranked last in the Big Ten last fall. The Hoosiers graduated defensive tackles Adam Replogle and Larry Black Jr. last year, the immediate area of concern, but there is plenty of competition taking place and don’t be stunned if several members of a highly-regarded 2013 recruiting class find their way onto the field this fall with growth this summer and strong fall camps.
  • Wilson instituted a “Big Ten period’’ at the start of practices this spring in hopes of developing a more physical mentality and better production in power situations on both sides of the ball. Running back Stephen Houston finds himself being pushed by Tevin Coleman this spring.

First thoughts

Opener: Aug. 29, vs. Indiana State