Indiana's Worst Fears Are Realized, but Who Replaces Sudfeld?

 Freshmen Zander Diamont and Chris Covington will try and fill the shoes of Nate Sudfeld.  Image Source: USAToday Sports.

Freshmen Zander Diamont and Chris Covington will try and fill the shoes of Nate Sudfeld. Image Source: USAToday Sports.

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

When junior quarterback Tre Roberson announced in June that he was transferring from Indiana the Hoosiers worst nightmare was a long-term injury to Nate Sudfeld. Well, that nightmare is now a reality and the Hoosiers will have to scramble to replace his production. Sudfeld ends his 2014 season with 1,151 passing yards six touchdowns and three interceptions. For his career at IU Sudfeld has thrown for 4,306 yards 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 25 games including 14 starts.

 Chris Covington has mainly played in a wildcat role this season.  Image Source: HawkCentral

Chris Covington has mainly played in a wildcat role this season. Image Source: HawkCentral

In Monday’s press conference head coach Kevin Wilson announced that true freshman Chris Covington and Zander Diamont will be thrust into action. This does remove the redshirt from Diamont. Covington, a converted linebacker, has appeared in four of the first five games for the Hoosiers. He has been used mostly as the “wildcat” quarterback. For the 2014 season he has 31 passing yards and two interceptions to go along with 91 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Diamont, a freshman from Los Angeles, was supposed to redshirt this season to let him bulk up, however that plan has changed. He was selected to the 2014 USA Football Under 19 team, set career-passing records at Venice High School for passing yards and touchdowns. His play earned him Los Angeles City Player of the Year and Western League co-Player of the Year. He finished with 3,501 yards and 47 touchdowns in his senior season. Diamont enrolled at IU in January and participated in spring practice.