Indiana QB competition heats up at spring game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cam Coffman got the start, Tre Roberson showed he's healthy again and Nate Sudfeld made his case to be Indiana's starting quarterback.

Little was resolved in Indiana's three-way battle at quarterback in Saturday's Cream and Crimson intrasquad game.

With the three quarterbacks rotating series, the Cream defeated the Crimson 21-7.

"We rotated the quarterbacks because we hadn't had any separation in the spring," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said.

Roberson started the Hoosiers' first two games last season before a broken leg ended his year. Coffman, a junior college transfer, took his place in the starting lineup but had just two wins in 10 starts as Indiana finished 4-8 in its second season under Wilson.

Coffman earned the spring game start through a fan relay competition, when his representative was the first to reach the end zone and knock down a tackling dummy. He led the Cream on a scoring drive on the game's first possession, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn.

Wynn bounced off a couple of tackles to finish off the scoring play.

Tevin Coleman scored on a 1-yard run to put the Cream ahead 14-0, a score that held until Nate Sudfeld threw a 37-yard TD pass to Cody Latimer for the Crimson in the third quarter.

Coffman and Wynn answered, hooking up on a 16-yard TD pass on the next drive to put the Cream back ahead 21-7.

Wilson said the Hoosiers were "coy" in their play calling on Saturday.

"We played very vanilla on both sides," Wilson said, noting that the Hoosiers are the opening game for both Indiana State and Navy this fall, Indiana's first two opponents of the season. He didn't want either the Sycamores or the Midshipmen to have a lot of tape to review.

Coffman was 17-of-23 for 174 yards, two TDs and an interception; Sudfeld was 14-of-16 for 187 yards and a TD; and Roberson was 7-of-18 for 63 yards. He was the only one of the three quarterbacks who didn't lead a scoring drive.

But Roberson showed his running ability, scrambling for a 15-yard gain on one play. He was also "sacked" twice as the Hoosiers made sure none of the quarterbacks were tackled in the game.

"We've got to get back to the film and actually correct the things that we didn't make, and get rid of the ball because we had a couple sacks," Roberson said.

"He looks reasonably fast, I don't think it's full tilt," Wilson said of Roberson, who ran for 133 yards last season. "Is it physical or is it mental? He's close.

"I'd love to see somebody separate (from the rest)," Wilson said. "No one's been bad, just want to see somebody separate.

"We're not going to be a good team if one of those quarterbacks doesn't play great."

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