Countdown to Kickoff: 9 Days (Nate Boudreau and Jonathan Crawford)

 Nate Boudreau will fight for mop up duty this season.  Image: HoosierScoop.com

Nate Boudreau will fight for mop up duty this season. Image: HoosierScoop.com

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Single Digits! The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kickoff has finally hit single digits with nine days until kickoff. I am sorry, but we do not have a time machine at Hoosier Huddle so IU football fans are going to have to sweat out every minute until Sept. 5th at 4pm. So, let's take a few of those minutes and learn about the two Hoosiers who wear the number nine: Nate Boudreau and Jonathan Crawford.

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Nate Boudreau

  • Ht/Wt: 6-4, 223 lbs
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Year: RS Junior
  • Hometown: Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)

Boudreau walked on to the Hoosier program in 2012 after playing his high school ball at Neuqua Valley where he earned all-conference honors. He redshirted his first season on campus and won scout team player of the week versus Michigan State. 

In 2013 Boudreau made his colligate debut in a 73-35 victory in the season opener against Indiana State. He also made an appearance in a 42-10 win over Bowling Green. Boudreau's efforts earned him co-Offensive Scout Player of the Year.

Last season the Illinois native saw action in two games, against Michigan State and at Michigan. Boudreau excelled off the field earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.

This season might be more of the same from Boudreau as he has been passed on the depth chart by both Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron. He may see some mop up duty if necessary.

Jonathan Crawford

  • Ht/Wt: 6-2, 180 lbs
  • Position: Safety
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Largo, Fl. (Largo)

Crawford came out of Largo High School rated as the 45th best safety in the nation according to 247 Sports. He started all four years while at Largo and holds the school record with 12 career interceptions. He had a terrific senior year when he played both ways. On defense he made 75 tackles with two interceptions. On the other side of the ball he had 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He was named to the All-Pinellas and All-Big County teams.

Despite being a freshman, Crawford will be in the mix for playing time as the Hoosiers search for a safety to start opposite of Chase Dutra. He has looked strong throughout fall camp and could eventually crack the two-deep before the year is out.