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Indiana Hoosiers Season Preview: Offense

Tre Roberson Indiana Hoosiers

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The 2012 Indiana Hoosiers football season can be seen as both a disappointment and an improvement, depending how how you look at it. While no team ever wants to finish 4-8 and 2-6 in Big Ten conference play, it was an improvement from head coach Kevin Wilson’s first season in which the Hoosiers finished 1-11.

When a team finishes with a losing record, there is always room for improvement on all sides of the ball, but in the case of the Hoosiers football team the quality play of the offense was overshadowed by how bad the defense was all season long.

For the Hoosiers offense, they finished sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging a solid 28.9 points per game while finishing fifth in the conference in total offense, racking up 409 yards per game on the season.

The Hoosiers ranked first overall in the Big Ten in passing offense, throwing for 314 yards per game on the season. As for the rushing offense, it was dead last in the conference as they only averaged 95 yards per game on the season and only tallied 11 rushing touchdowns all season long.

These are good numbers to put up when you consider how many points the defense was allowing each game, and take into account that the season’s starting quarterback, Tre Roberson, broke his leg during the second game and missed the remainder of the season. Backup quarterback Cameron Coffman stepped in and was pretty good, throwing for 2,734 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The good news for the already high-scoring Indiana offense is virtually all of the key players are returning. The entire offensive line is back for the Hoosiers along with Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, the three leading receivers from last season. Leading rusher Stephen Houston also returns.

Add all of this in with quarterback Tre Roberson returning, a major dual-threat quarterback, and there is room for optimism in Bloomington. Expect the Hoosiers to put up a ton of points against some really good Big Ten defenses.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.