Written By Sammy Jacobs (@sammyj108)
The Indiana football program lost four more players today as Kevin Wilson announced that Cam Coffman has decided to transfer to a different school, while defensive end John Laihinen and corner back Brian Williams have chosen to graduate and forego their final season of eligibility. Sophomore linebacker and former Warren Central standout Jordan Wallace has left the program after not appearing in a game in 2013.
Cam Coffman appeared in 11 games (starting 10) in 2012 after Tre Roberson was lost for the season and put up solid numbers. He tossed 15 touchdowns and put up 2,743 yards. Coffman lost his playing time when Wilson decided to settle on a combination of Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson at quarterback. This move was expected and mutual as Wilson is trying to find a place Coffman can play his final year, and should not affect the Hoosier offense.
The most concerning loss for the Hoosiers is on the defensive side of the ball, as John Laihinen, who led the team in sacks with 4.5 is leaving the program with one year of eligibility left. The Hoosiers will now have to expect more from their younger core of defensive linemen who came on late in the year.
The loss of Brian Williams should not be as large for the Hoosier secondary as his playing time has significantly dropped since his freshman year. The Georgia native played in only two games in 2013.
While this may look bad for the Hoosiers right now, but in reality the Hoosiers really did not lose any irreplaceable players. These moves do open the door for more underclassman to step up and play a bigger role for this squad. It should also be noted that two of the four players, excluding Wallace who was recruited by Wilson's staff and Coffman, who transferred to IU before the 2012 season, were originally recruited during the Bill Lynch era, so it is no surprise that the seniors have decided to graduate.