Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers opened the season win a 28-10 win against the Indiana State Sycamores. There were some great things and some aspects that need to be improved if IU is to make it to a bowl game. Here is the Indiana Hoosier football stock report after week one.
1. Running Game- The IU running game was outstanding in the win over ISU, accounting for 455 yards and all four Hoosier scores. The dominating performance was headlined by Tevin Coleman’s career high 247 yards. Not to be lost in all of the hoopla surrounding Coleman’s numbers is the fact that both D’Angelo Roberts (129 yards and a TD) and the offensive line also executed very well. The Hoosiers experienced and talented offensive line is finally healthy at the same time and they lived up to the preseason praise from coach Kevin Wilson.
2. Defense- Albeit against an FCS foe in Indiana State, the new defense was much improved from last year. Aside from a shaky first drive that resulted in a missed Sycamore field goal, Brian Knorr’s squad was brilliant. They tackled well, flew to the ball, and only allowed 170 total yards. The headliner on defense was senior defensive tackle Bobby Richardson's three sacks. The two scores they did let up were the result of a short field due to two turnovers.
3. Simmie Cobbs- While the Hoosier passing game was less than impressive, Simmie Cobbs has quickly become a nice target for Nate Sudfeld. Cobbs caught three balls for 57 yards. The Hoosiers need Cobbs to be a major player in the aerial attack with his size and hands.
1. Nate Sudfeld- Whether is was the wet conditions or the early commitment to the run, quarterback Nate Sudfeld just did not look right in the opening day game against Indiana State. The Hoosiers threw four passes in the first half and just 18 for the game. He finished with 11 completions for 111 yards and no touchdowns. Sudfeld missed several open receivers highlighted by a bounced throw to Nick Stoner who was wide open in the end zone. Hopefully, the bye week allows Sudfeld to build more trust in his new receivers and create more rhythm.
2. Turnovers- The Hoosiers allowed 10 points off of two turnovers on Saturday. J-Shun Harris II muffed a punt and Nate Sudfeld threw a very bad interception that set up short fields for the Sycamores. It is vital for the offense and special teams to take care of the ball to help this defense be successful.
3. Fan Support- Yes, the weather was dreadful and credit the fans that stuck around and were rewarded with one of the great rushing performances in IU history, but the announced attendance was only 38,006. It definitely seemed like a lot less as it looked like the stadium was at half capacity. The energy in the stadium was not there, hopefully only because of the 50-minute delay. Fred Glass also has a problem to solve. How does he and the athletic department keep fans in their seats past halftime? Hopefully, the Hoosiers can at least split the games on the upcoming road trip and come home to a fired up fan base on September 27th when Maryland makes their Big Ten debut.