The Indiana Hoosiers were the worst defensive team in the Big 10 Conference last season, allowing 463.5 yards of offense per game. However, with experienced starters returning and another year’s growth, the Hoosiers will look to improve on defense for 2013. Senior safety Greg Heban is the clear star of the unit and will be the leader this season.
Heban enters his senior season as the Hoosier’s best player on defense. He led the team in tackles last year, tallying a total of 91. That ranked him 12th in the conference. His 7.6 tackles per game was tops among all Big 10 defensive backs.
Not only is Heban a strong tackler, but he also has a knack for getting to the football. His team-high three interceptions were just one shy of the conference leader. He led the team in interceptions in 2011 as well.
If the Hoosiers are going to turn things around this season, Heban is going to have to continue to perform at a high level and be the leader of the defense. He’ll need to step up and secure his position as one of the top defensive backs in the conference.
Heban started 22 games over the past two seasons, spending time at cornerback before eventually moving to safety midway through last season. That’s where he will line up in 2013.
There’s no question Heban has been a solid performer for the Hoosiers. Perhaps the most amazing thing about him is that he didn’t play football when he first came to Indiana in 2009. He was actually a pitcher for the baseball team before walking onto the football team in 2010.
Clearly, Heban is an extremely talented athlete. He’s Indiana’s star on defense and will play a huge role in how far the Hoosiers go this season.