Written By Sammy Jacobs (@sammyj108)
In a release by Indiana Athletics Wednesday afternoon, Coach Kevin Wilson announced that junior quarterback Tre Roberson will transfer prior to the 2014 season. To say this is a shock would be an understatement. In the release on IUHoosiers.com Wilson says "We appreciate and thank Tre for his contributions to our football program both on and off the field, he is an outstanding player and a great young man. We wish him well as he moves forward with his career."
Roberson was in a battle to be the starting quarterback with Nate Sudfeld, after splitting time in 2013. Roberson was the first true freshman in Indiana history to start in 2011 when he threw for 937 yards. In 2012, his season was cut short after suffering a broken leg in the second game against UMass. Roberson played in all 12 games last year, while starting four. He threw for 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns, in addition the dual-threat QB ran for 423 yards and another five scores. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Purdue.
The Hoosiers offense does take a hit depth wise with this move, as the only experienced quarterback behind Sudfeld is Nate Boudreau. However, this does settle the competition between the two. Sudfeld will start and finally give Kevin Wilson some consistency on offense.
Roberson had this to say to IUHoosiers.com: "I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and Indiana University for all of their support over the last three years, my time in Bloomington will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish everyone at IU all the best as I move on to the next chapter in my life."
Indiana will definitely miss Roberson's ability as a dual threat, but the Hoosiers will have a more consistent offense without Coach Wilson flipping quarterbacks. It is unknown where Roberson will transfer to, but some fits do jump out. I could see him transferring to Wisconsin, where they are in desperate need of a quarterback and Roberson would fit in perfectly to Coach Gary Anderson's system. Another option that makes sense is for Roberson to reunite with offensive coordinator Seth Littrell at North Carolina. The reason behind Roberson transferring is unclear, and the timing is certainly peculiar to say the least, but if I had to put an educated guess in, he had to know Sudfeld was going to get the majority, if not all, of the snaps in 2014. The move has been greeted with a mixed reaction from Hoosier fans. I believe this will help stabilize an offense that was boom or bust in 2013.