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NCAAF Rumors: Is a Quarterback Battle Brewing Up In Indiana?

Cameron Coffman Nate Sudfield October 2012


With Tre Roberson out for the rest of the season, the Indiana Hoosiers have been riding under sophomore Cameron Coffman and freshman Nate Sudfield. It’s been interesting in how both quarterbacks have been playing so far this season, because both have done very well.

It just matters who is doing better and who can lead this young football team moving forward for the rest of the season. It looks like it’s a quarterback battle brewing up in Bloomington, but Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson doesn’t exactly think so, in a report with the Indianapolis Star.

Wilson says he would rather go with the word “competition”  between the two young quarterbacks, as he feels that both can start and he’s comfortable with it. He’s changing his mind week-in and week-out on who to start.

Coffman so far has been pretty decent, throwing for 519 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, along with completing 66.3-percent of his passes.

However, after getting injured in a loss to Ball State a few weeks ago, Sudfield came in the fourth quarter and helped score on several drives, showing he had a lot of potential and leading Indiana in those clutch-scenario situations. With that, it led to him being the freshman player of the week in the Big Ten.

Overall, Sudfield hasn’t been so bad himself with 357 passing yards with three touchdowns and no picks, along with 62.5-percent of his passes being completed.  In Saturday’s loss to Northwestern, both quarterbacks played in the game, but Sudfield outplayed Coffman. Sudfield was able to give the Hoosiers a score actually, instead of Coffman, who had no scores and a pick

It’s an ongoing debate, so it’s hard to pick a winner here. Both quarterbacks are trying as hard as they can to avoid the talk of it.

“Every single day I don’t come to practice trying to be better than Nate,” Coffman said. “I just try to come and be the best I can be every day and I’m sure he does the same thing.”

Sudfield isn’t worried, because he knows he isn’t the one making the decisions.

“If we’re called upon, we go out and play, and if not, we just try to be at peace with it, cheer on the team and help as much as we can.”

It’s hard to pick between these guys. I’m sure an answer will come soon sometime this season.