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2014 Indiana Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 12, 2014


Indiana Hoosiers - 2014 Season ... Head Coach: Kevin Wilson



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2014 Schedule
8/30 Indiana State
9/6 OPEN DATE
9/13 at Bowling Green
9/20 at Missouri
9/27 Maryland
10/4 North Texas
10/11 at Iowa
10/18 Michigan State
10/25 OPEN DATE
11/1 at Michigan
11/8 Penn State
11/15 at Rutgers
11/22 at Ohio State
11/29 Purdue

2013 Record: 5-7
8/31 Indiana State W 73-35
9/7 Navy L 41-35
9/14 Bowling Green W 42-10
9/21 Missouri W L 45-21
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Penn State W 44-24
10/12 at Michigan St L 42-28
10/19 at Michigan L 63-47
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 Minnesota L 42-39
11/9 Illinois W 52-35
11/16 at Wisconsin L 51-3
11/23 at Ohio State L 42-14
11/30 Purdue W 56-36
Indiana | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: As always, the Hoosiers have to improve the defense. Ten starters are coming back, but after allowing 528 yards per game and getting bombed on for 35 points or more in each of the last seven games, there’s some tightening to do. The hurry-up offense is fine at times, but when it doesn’t work, the results are disastrous. The Hoosiers don’t necessarily care about time of possession, but they need to start – three-and-outs that take 19 seconds kill defenses.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. Defense, schmefense. Who doesn’t want to be a part of this high-octane Hoosier offense? A few nice running backs are coming in, and the offensive line is getting a boost with JUCO transfer DeAndre Herron and Delroy Baker eventually helping the cause, but it’s the receiving corps that’s going to blow up with several very nice prospects led by Dominique Booth from Indianapolis along with lightning fast J-Shun Harris. IU will have plenty of weapons.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. No team in the Big Ten has a bigger area of need than Indiana has on the defensive line. It's asking too much for anyone to start right away, but 6-5, 285-pound Darius Latham and JUCO transfer Jordan Heiderman might be too good to not be thrown to the wolves. End David Kenney has all the tools to quickly turn into one of the team's top pass rushers. Safety Antonio Allen is soon going to be the team's top defensive back, while tight end Danny Friend will be a key outlet target. Receivers Isaac Griffith and Anthony Young are going to be a part of the rotation by next year.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was Heavy On ... FBS players. Head coach Kevin Wilson openly groused about the talent level after coming over from Oklahoma, and now he has had a full recruiting season to change things around. While he lost top quarterback prospect Dusty Kiel to Notre Dame, he’s getting a few passers and some strong receivers. The defense has to be far better, and it starts up front with JUCO transfers Jaccari Alexander and David Cooper for the linebacking corps, and enough talent for the depth on the line to get an immediate upgrade. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. New head coach Kevin Wilson wants receivers to be able to move the ball vertically even more than Bill Lynch did, and he loaded up with three excellent targets from the tiny but quick Shane Wynn to the 6-5 Jay McCants. Defense got plenty of help, especially in the secondary, with big safeties Forisse Hardin and Mark Murphy, potentially seeing time right away, while Kenny Mullen bring speed at corner and Nick Stoner and Michael Hunter are versatile options for the outside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was Heavy On ... Help for the defensive back seven. The Hoosiers need to go with the strength-in-numbers theory to find enough bodies to come up with a solid and steady defense. Five strong linebacking prospects were signed led by Matt Zakrzewski, a safety-sized guided missile for the outside, and Chase Hoobler for the middle. Shaquille Jefferson will be a starting safety in the near future, while JUCO transfers Andre Kates and Lenyatta Kiles will provide instant help on the corners.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 681. That Class Was Heavy On ... quarterbacks. IU was more than just competitive with Kellen Lewis was on, and it showed just how much the program needs a strong quarterback to carry the rest of the team. The Hoosiers might have picked up two with Edward Wright-Baker and great athlete, and Dustin Kiel a nice passing prospect. These two will get a little bit of time to develop with the future of the program to eventually ride on one of their shoulders.

at Indiana 56, Purdue 36
Basically … Indiana got six touchdown passes from Tre Roberson and blew up over the first 40 minutes, getting up 49-9 with Shane Wynn scoring three times and Stephen Houston running for scores from 53 and 14 yards out. Purdue hunt around early on with a one-yard Justin Sinz touchdown catch and a Paul Griggs field goal, but the deficit was way too much to overcome. Purdue got three Danny Etling touchdown passes late.
- Indiana QB Tre Roberson completed 25-of-37 passes for 273 yards and six touchdowns with two picks, and he ran 21 times for 154 yards.
- Purdue QB Danny Etling completed 33-of-49 passes for 485 yards and four scores.
- Purdue WR Danny Anthrop caught five passes for 151 yards and DeAngelo Yancey caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
- Three Hoosiers ran for over 100 yards. The offense converted 16-of-18 third down chances.

at Ohio State 42, Indiana 14
Basically … In the snow and cold, Ohio State dominated as it took the Leaders title and earned a spot in the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes scored the first 42 points with Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller each running for two scores and Miller throwing two touchdown passes finding Dontre Wilson for a 24-yard score and Devin Smith for a 39-yard touchdown. Indiana scored two late, meaningless touchdowns on two Nate Sudfeld touchdown passes.
- Ohio State QB Braxton Miller completed 11-of-17 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 13 times for a team-leading 144 yards and two scores.
- Indiana WR Kofi Hughes caught nine passes for 120 yards. QB Tre Roberson completed 7-of-12 passes for 96 yards, and he ran for a team-leading 79 yards on 12 carries.
- Ohio State turned it over three times, Indiana didn’t turn it over.
- Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 25-of-41 passes for 224 yards and two scores.

at Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3
Basically … Wisconsin set the tone right away with an interception on defense, and a one play drive on offense with James White tearing off a 93-yard run. The Badger running game rumbled at will with receiver Jared Abbrederis taking two end-arounds for touchdowns from 32 and 49 yards away. Melvin Gordon scored on a one-yard run three minutes into the game, and Corey Clement took over in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs from 19 and 21 yards away. Indiana got a 23-yard Mitch Ewald field goal on its only scoring chance.
- Wisconsin outgained Indiana 676 yards to 224 and ran for 554 yards. James White ran for 205 yards and a score, Melvin Gordon ran for 146 yards and a touchdown and Corey Clement ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
- Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 9-of-22 passes for 99 yards and a pick.
- Wisconsin owned the time of possession, holding the ball for 37:45. Indiana had it for 22:15
- Jack Russell hit all three of his field goals for the Badgers from 31, 36 and 26 yards out.

at Indiana 52, Illinois 35
Basically … Illinois bombed away with Nathan Scheelhaase throwing for 450 yards with touchdown passes to Steve Hull from 60 and 54 yards away, but Indiana broke a 35-35 fourth quarter tie with 17 unanswered points on a 75-yard Tevin Coleman run, and two-yard Stephen Houston touchdown and a 22-yard Mitch Ewald field goal. Coleman also ripped off a 64-yard touchdown dash in the first quarter, and Houston ran for a first quarter two-yard score, but it was Cody Latimer who turned into the star with touchdown catches from 11, 41 and 50 yards away.
- Indiana RB Tevin Coleman ran 15 times for 215 yards and two scores, and receiver Cody Latimer caught 11 passes for 189 yards and three scores.
- Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38-of-57 passes for 450 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran nine times for 45 yards and a touchdown.
- Illinois WR Steve Hull caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
- The two teams combined for 1,262 yards of total offense with Indiana gaining 650 yards and Illinois coming up with 612. Indiana was 3-for-3 on fourth downs, and Illinois is 0-for-3.

Minnesota 42 at Indiana 39, Nov. 2
Basically … Midway through the third quarter, Minnesota increased its cushion to 35-13 on a David Cobb touchdown run, but Indiana rallied for four straight touchdowns to regain the lead with 5:33 left. The Gophers, though, continued their magic under acting head coach Tracy Claeys when Philip Nelson found Maxx Williams from 50 yards out for the game-winner with 3:06 left on the clock.
- Nelson was the Gophers’ offensive hero, completing 16-of-23 passes for 298 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
- The IU comeback was fueled by a pair of 100-yard rushers, Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston.
- WR Derrick Engel was Nelson’s favorite target, catching four balls for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
- The two teams combined for 1,069 total yards of offense.

at Michigan 63 … Indiana 47
Basically … Jeremy Gallon rolled up 369 receiving yards, Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for four scores and Devin Gardner threw for 503 yards and ran for three touchdowns as Michigan came up with 751 yards of total offense in the wild win. Indiana did its part with three touchdown passes and a scoring run from Tre Roberson. The Hoosiers had a shot late in the third quarter to tie it up with a two-point conversion after a 67-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Hughes, but missed, and it pulled within two in the fourth on Roberson’s 15-yard scoring run, but Michigan took over in the fourth quarter with two six-yard scoring runs from Gardner and close it out with a 27-yard Toussaint run.
- The statistics are silly, but it’s nice to know the Michigan offense can turn it on when it has to. Devin Gardner completed 21-of-29 passes for 503 yards and two scores and ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns, Fitzgerald Toussaint ran 32 times for 151 yard and four touchdowns, and Jeremy Gallon went off, catching 14 passes for 369 yards and two scores.
- The defense wasn’t even close, but the Indiana offense showed that it can open it up on anyone. Nothing went right defensively, and yet the Hoosiers were still in the game deep into the fourth quarter. Nate Sudfeld was fine, but it was Tre Roberson who added the biggest spark, completing 16-of-23 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 50 rushing yards and one touchdown.
- The Hoosiers might have lost in a wild shootout, but once again they showed they could be a fun and exciting team against just about anyone. The offense works, and while it’ll stall at times, it was still a game late. It might not seem like it, but there’s still a night-and-day improvement under Kevin Wilson – things are moving forward.
- Michigan needed this game. After the Penn State debacle, this was fun, but now it’s time to deal with the other extreme with Michigan State coming up in two weeks. The offense won’t get half as much production against the Spartans as it did against the Hoosiers, but this has to be a confidence booster – at least for the offense.

at Michigan State 42, Indiana 28
Basically … Michigan State kept the Old Brass Spittoon thanks to four touchdowns from Jeremy Langford from runs from five, two and 32 yards away and an 11-yard scoring catch, but it was a 34-yard R.J. Shelton touchdown run that put it away in the fourth. Indiana scored first on a Spartan defensive gaffe, allowing Tevin Coleman take off for a 64-yard touchdown on the opening drive, and pulled within seven in the third on a two-yard Shane Wynn run, but Langford and Shelton put it away.
- Michigan State’s offense helped out a surprisingly mediocre day from the pass D. Indiana might have a high-powered offense, but the mistake on the opening drive 64-yard Tevin Coleman touchdown wasn’t the only misfire. Connor Cook was terrific for his second straight game, completing 22-of-31 passes for 235 yards and two scores with a pick, but it was Jeremy Langford who took over with 23 carries for 109 yards and three scores with a touchdown catch.
- Is there going to be a quarterback issue for IU? Nate Sudfeld struggled, completing just 14-of-30 passes, and Tre Roberson moved the offense a bit better completing 11-of-17 passes for 122 yards and two scores with a pick, while finishing second on the team with 20 rushing yards.
- How many net rushing yards did Indiana finish with outside of Coleman’s 64-yarder? 28. However, the Hoosiers were able to stay alive by hitting on a few key third down plays.
- The Michigan State defensive front only came up with two sacks – Shilique Calhoun came up with one – but the line generated pressure all game long. The IU quarterbacks were never settled.

at Indiana 44, Penn State 24
Basically … Down 21-17 going into the fourth quarter, Indiana blew up for 23 points with quarterback Tre Roberson running for two short scores and fellow QB Nate Sudfeld coming up with a 36-yard scoring play to Kofi Hughes on the way to the program’s first win ever against the Nittany Lions. Penn State got a big day out of Christian Hackenberg, who threw for three scores including two to Allen Robinson, but he and the offense only managed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Bill Belton during IU’s fourth quarter run.
- The Indiana two quarterback system worked. It’s not like Tre Roberson can’t throw, but he stepped in and ran for two scores late, while Nate Sudfeld completed 23-of-38 passes for 321 yards and two scores with a pick. The fourth quarter explosion is how the offense is supposed to work when everything is humming.
- Christian Hackenberg threw 55 times and came up with 340 yards and three scores, but he was under constant pressure and he didn’t get much help from a ground game that finished with just 70 yards. The stats look worse than the running game was, but Zach Zwiniak was bottled up for most of the day. Allen Robinson tried to pick up the slack with 12 catches for 173 yards and two scores.
- Indiana actually played a little bit of defense. There might have only been one sack, but the Hoosiers got into the backfield time and again and did a nice job of generating pressure when they had to. Even with Allen Robinson putting up big numbers, corner Tim Bennett came up with a whale of a game making key open field stops and breaking up several passes.
- And now there’s a problem. Obviously Penn State can’t go to a bowl, so the record doesn’t matter, but this was supposed to be a layup with Michigan and Ohio State coming up next. The schedule eases up for a while, but it’s going to be a fight now to finish with a winning record. To come up with a win over the next few weeks, the offensive line will need to be far stronger for the ground game.

Missouri 45, at Indiana 28
Basically … James Franklin was terrific, running for a touchdown and throwing for 343 yards and two touchdowns with a seven-yard scoring pass to Dorial Green-Beckham and a 14-yarder to L’Damian Washington. Indiana had major problems with turnovers, with Nate Sudfeld throwing three including a pick six to Kona Ealy. Indiana showed off its explosiveness with a 68-yard Shane Wynn touchdown catch from Tre Roberson and a 77-yard Cody Latimer pass play to set up a two-yard Tevin Coleman touchdown run, but Mizzou’s 38-14 lead was too much to overcome.
- Missouri gave the ball away three times early, but it only got burned by one of the turnovers. Franklin moved the ball at will, getting plenty of time to throw and utilizing his huge receivers well. The running game showed depth and options, too, with Marcus Murphy, Henry Josey and Russell Hansbrough, along with Franklin, running ten times or more.
- And there’s the problem. The high-powered warp-speed offense is great, but when it’s not working, the defense gets gassed. Indiana only held on to the ball for 23:15 with the offense getting off the field way too often early on.
- Mizzou couldn’t generate much pressure against the sped-up Hoosier attack, but the defensive front was effective and the secondary held up more than fine. E.J. Gaines was his normally fantastic self with five tackles with a broken up pass.
- What’s Indiana going to do with the quarterback situation now? Nate Sudfeld threw three picks, and while one was on a late heavy at the end of the first half, there was still a problem with the effectiveness. Tre Roberson, with his running ability, brings more of an option to the attack.

at Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10, Sept. 14
Basically … Indiana’s offense roared for 601 yards with Nate Sudfeld throwing two touchdown passes with a touchdown run, and Tevin Coleman running for two scores. The Indiana defense allowed one Tyler Tate field goal, with the Bowling Green touchdown coming on blocked punt in the first quarter. Down 10-7, the Hoosiers scored 35 unanswered points.
- The Indiana defense? The offense has been terrific in the early part of the season, but the D came up big against Bowling Green with Greg Heban coming up with 12 tackles and the team allowing just 136 yards on the ground. The Falcon offense didn’t get into the end zone.
- Matt Schilz didn’t move things for the Falcons. Matt Johnson threw 44 times, and he moved the chains, but the drives didn’t go anywhere. The running game was stuffed from the start.
- The IU passing game has been great, and the ground attack was fantastic against, probably, the MAC’s best run defense. Stephen Houston came up with 155 yards on 13 carries, and Tevin Coleman ran 19 times for 129 yards.
- The Falcon defensive front was active, getting behind the line for four sacks and 13 tackles for loss. But it wasn’t disruptive enough.

Navy 41, at Indiana 35, Sept. 7
Basically … Navy took a 17-0 first half lead and Indiana couldn’t come back. Keenan Reynolds ran for three short scores for the Midshipmen, and Noah Copeland added a three-yard dash, but it was Nick Sloan who put the game away with a 33-yard field goal in the fourth. The Hoosiers came up with a furious comeback helped by four Nate Sudfield touchdown passes with two to Ted Bolser, but it wasn’t enough.
- Navy is the last team you want to try to come back against. The Midshipmen owned the clock and kept the IU offense off the field, holding on to the ball for over 37 minutes including 19 in the second half.
- Keenan Reynolds was sharp out of the tunnel. He only completed 2-of-4 passes, but they were for 71 yards. He led the Midshipmen in rushing with 127 yards and three scores, taking a pounding on his 32 carries.
- Nate Sudfield can’t lead the Hoosiers in rushing. He bombed away, completing 31-of-42 passes for 363 yards and four scores with a pick, and he ran for 35 yards. Granted, IU was in comeback mode most of the game, but it has to establish the backs earlier.
- Navy corner Parrish Gaines was asked to make play after play against the Hoosier passing game. He gave up plays, but he also led the team with ten tackles and made several open field stops. However, the line didn’t generate any pressure, giving Sudfield all day long to throw.

at Indiana 73, Indiana State 35, Aug. 29
Basically … Indiana hung 45 points on the board in the first half and set a stadium record with 73 points and 632 yards of total offense. Nate Sudfield threw four touchdown passes and Tevin Coleman ran for 169 yards and two scores.
- Indiana State isn’t that bad, and Indiana ripped through it like there wasn’t a defense. Thrown in the 58-yard Shane Wynn punt return for a touchdown to go along with his 43-yard touchdown catch, and everything exploded for the Hoosiers.
- The defense wasn’t a brick wall, and Sycamore star running back Shakir Bell ran for 113 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry, but the line got into the backfield and came up with the right stops early.
- It might have only been Indiana State, and Navy will be the better test up next, but this is the way the coaching staff wanted the defensive front to attack. It was always in the backfield.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited: This is one of the Big Ten’s most experienced teams with just enough experience and options to finally break through under Kevin Wilson. It’s been a few years to build to this point, and with 21 starters returning the competition should be terrific in several key spots. Tre Roberson returns from his broken leg to challenge Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld for the starting quarterback job, while Stephen Houston and D’Angelo Roberts should provide a nice 1-2 rushing punch behind a good-looking line.

Why To Be Grouchy: The team might be loaded with veterans and depth, but is there any real talent? Strides were made across the board last year, but after giving up 163 points in the final three games, there are still plenty of question marks. The defensive front still has to prove it can stop someone’s running game, and now it has to go on without grinding tackles Adam Replogle and Larry Black. The secondary is deep, but it has to start making more big plays and picks and has to keep the deep balls to a minimum.

What Needs Working On: The defense has to get nastier. It’s a try-hard group that hustles and tries to do everything right, but it was beaten to a pulp in several ways last season. Wisconsin ripped off 564 yards and seven scores one week, and then Penn State was bombing away for 395 yards and four touchdowns before Purdue came up with 373 passing yards and five scores. With just 13 takeaways, there wasn’t much help coming when the offense wasn’t clicking.

Non-Conference Games: Indiana State, Navy, Bowling Green, Missouri
Games Against The Legends: at Michigan, at Michigan State, Minnesota
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Navy, Bowling Green, Illinois, Purdue

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Missouri, Penn State, at Michigan State, at Michigan, Minnesota, at Wisconsin, at Ohio State

Schedule Analysis: Can the Hoosiers hold serve at home? It’s not going to be as easy as it seems with Indiana State not a complete and total pushover to start the year and Navy (offense) and Bowling Green (defense) two nasty games that should be battles. Beating Missouri would be gravy, but the team should be comfortable at home with the first road game not coming until mid-October.

Missing Nebraska from the Legends is nice, but after starting out the Big Ten campaign at home against Penn State, back-to-back road games against Michigan State and Michigan will be a problem. Fortunately, there’s a week off before two of the easier games on the slate – Minnesota and Illinois – followed up by a pair of road killers against Wisconsin and Ohio State before finishing up at home with Purdue.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Hoosiers have to stop the run. Kevin Wilson's offense will only get better and better with ten starters returning to an attack that led the Big Ten in passing, but the defense gave up points and yards faster than the O could crank them out. IU was last in the Big Ten in total defense and scoring defense, having the biggest problems against the run despite leading the league in sacks and tackles for loss. The Hoosiers needs defensive tackle help as soon as possible.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. No team in the Big Ten has a bigger area of need than Indiana has on the defensive line. It's asking too much for anyone to start right away, but 6-5, 285-pound Darius Latham and JUCO transfer Jordan Heiderman might be too good to not be thrown to the wolves. End David Kenney has all the tools to quickly turn into one of the team's top pass rushers. Safety Antonio Allen is soon going to be the team's top defensive back, while tight end Danny Friend will be a key outlet target. Receivers Isaac Griffith and Anthony Young are going to be a part of the rotation by next year.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was Heavy On ... FBS players. Head coach Kevin Wilson openly groused about the talent level after coming over from Oklahoma, and now he has had a full recruiting season to change things around. While he lost top quarterback prospect Dusty Kiel to Notre Dame, he’s getting a few passers and some strong receivers. The defense has to be far better, and it starts up front with JUCO transfers Jaccari Alexander and David Cooper for the linebacking corps, and enough talent for the depth on the line to get an immediate upgrade. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 57. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. New head coach Kevin Wilson wants receivers to be able to move the ball vertically even more than Bill Lynch did, and he loaded up with three excellent targets from the tiny but quick Shane Wynn to the 6-5 Jay McCants. Defense got plenty of help, especially in the secondary, with big safeties Forisse Hardin and Mark Murphy, potentially seeing time right away, while Kenny Mullen bring speed at corner and Nick Stoner and Michael Hunter are versatile options for the outside.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 64. That Class Was Heavy On ... Help for the defensive back seven. The Hoosiers need to go with the strength-in-numbers theory to find enough bodies to come up with a solid and steady defense. Five strong linebacking prospects were signed led by Matt Zakrzewski, a safety-sized guided missile for the outside, and Chase Hoobler for the middle. Shaquille Jefferson will be a starting safety in the near future, while JUCO transfers Andre Kates and Lenyatta Kiles will provide instant help on the corners.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 681. That Class Was Heavy On ... quarterbacks. IU was more than just competitive with Kellen Lewis was on, and it showed just how much the program needs a strong quarterback to carry the rest of the team. The Hoosiers might have picked up two with Edward Wright-Baker and great athlete, and Dustin Kiel a nice passing prospect. These two will get a little bit of time to develop with the future of the program to eventually ride on one of their shoulders.




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