For a traditionally bad football team, Indiana has shown some signs of hope lately. Head coach Kevin Wilson has shown that he can turn this program around.
Sure the Hoosiers started the season 2-5, but they still showed signs of solid play to come by playing close games with Michigan State and Ohio State. Four of their first five losses were by a combined 10 points, each of those games going down to the wire.
Did I mention they played all of these close games without their star quarterback Tre Roberson?
The talented sophomore injured his leg in the second game of the season against Massachusetts and had to sit out the rest of the season.
It’s no coincidence that two of the Hoosiers four wins in 2012 came when Roberson was starting. Although he didn’t have a very big sample size, the Hoosier quarterback passed for 368 and two touchdowns while running for another 133 yards and three touchdowns in just two games.
Another impressive number was his completion percentage. He completed 66 percent of his passes in those two games and looked poised to have a tremendous 2012 season before he suffered a devastating leg injury.
It may be way too early to tell what kind of quarterback Roberson will be, but it’s safe to say he’s in the right system to succeed under Kevin Wilson.
He’s an athletic dual-threat with decent size and speed that could make defenses look silly with his legs and have an above average arm. If he can continue where he left off in 2012, then the 2013 season could be a special one in Bloomington for an Indiana team that hasn’t won a conference title since 1967 and has only won two in their history.
Roberson has a tall task to complete, but I think he will come out with something to prove in 2013.