Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson confirmed to a radio station on Tuesday that quarterback Tre Roberson is out for the season with a broken leg. He was hurt in Saturday’s 45-6 victory over the Massachusetts Minutemen. On Sunday, Roberson had surgery where doctors inserted a titanium rod to correct the clean break. A full recovery time is slated to take about five or six months. Roberson was named Indiana’s “Mr. Football” in 2010.
The injury occurred during the first half when the sophomore scampered toward the end zone and stretched out for the goal line. As he landed, several players fell on his left side and Roberson’s leg was pinned underneath him. Cameron Coffman, who is a junior college transfer, came in to relieve Roberson and finished off a victory for the Hoosiers. It will be Coffman who is expected to get the start this week against the Ball State Cardinals. The only other quarterback on Indiana’s roster is freshman Nate Sudfeld, who has only attempted three career passes during mop up duty last week.
Roberson took over the starting job for the last five games of 2011 and is the only freshman to ever start at the position for the Hoosiers. Last season he threw for 937 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. The thing the Hoosiers may miss most is his running ability, as he ran for 426 yards in 2011, and so far this year he already accumulated 133 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns. He also broke runs of 39 and 50 yards against UMass.