Indiana Hoosiers’ Key Players and Newcomers for 2013

Tre Roberson Indiana Hoosiers

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Indiana Hoosiers football is experiencing a new swing of optimism under third year head coach Kevin Wilson that hasn’t been present in Bloomington for quite sometime. Bringing his high-powered passing attack with him, the Hoosier offense took a jump to fifth overall in conference play in offense and first overall in passing.

While the offense was electric and got in major shootouts with the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes, the defense wasn’t so stellar. In many games, like those two, the offense simply couldn’t keep up with how many points the defense was giving up.

As for the offense, electric quarterback Tre Roberson returns after a season ending leg break suffered early in the season last year. He showed flashes of greatness during his true freshman season, and people were expecting great things out of him last season before the injury. All reports out of spring football were Roberson was back to being impossible to stop in practices.

As for other key offensive players returning, offensive guard Dan Feeny is one of the top returning players on the entire roster. As a true freshman, he started all 12 games which was a record for the Indiana football program, and he did not allow a single sack in 935 snaps last season. He looks to be the anchor of an offensive line that returns a solid amount of experience.

Other key offensive players returning will be wide receiver Cody Latimer, who was the team’s leading receiver and also tight end Ted Bolser returns after starting every game last season.

On the defensive side of the ball, watch out for senior safety Greg Heben to be the leader of the defensive unit after putting up great numbers in 2012. Other key players on the defense will be linebacker David Cooper, who had an outstanding sophomore season, and safety Mark Murphy should be solid.

Kevin Wilson heavily addressed defense when recruiting for the Hoosiers football team and added some players who have the chance to step in and play right away. Look for defensive tackle Darius Latham to get in the mix early as well as defensive end David Kenney and safety Antonio Allen.

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.

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