The Indiana Hoosiers were the most prolific passing team in the Big Ten in 2012 and ranked No. 17 in the country, averaging 311.17 yards per game. They did it while starting three different quarterbacks, thanks to injuries, and one of the youngest rosters in the nation. With a healthy contingent of quarterbacks and a full slate of returning receivers, could Tre Roberson lead the conference in passing in 2013?
Roberson entered the 2012 season as the starting quarterback but was able to start just two games before breaking his leg against the UMass Minutemen. Before he was hurt, he had completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns and an interception to go along with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. That athleticism may take a hit as he continues to come back from the gruesome injury, limiting his impact in the running game. If he stays healthy, though, his arm should make plenty of plays in the passing game.
He will certainly have plenty of weapons at his disposal. Indiana had just one senior catch a pass in 2012, so pretty much the whole gang is coming back in 2013, headlined by receivers Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn. The juniors combined for 118 catches for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago and will be looking to go even bigger next season. They’ll be flanked by senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes, who caught 43 passes for 639 yards with three touchdowns, and tight end Tod Bolser (41 catches, 445 yards, three touchdowns).
Kevin Wilson has Indiana playing some of the most exciting offensive football they have ever seen in Bloomington. If Tre Roberson can stay at the helm all season long, he has the opportunity to become one of the Big Ten’s elite passers in 2013.