IU Insider Blog: Thoughts on the QB race

There is so much energy being focused on who IU's starting quarterback will be but here's the reality: I think Indiana can get to a bowl game with any of those three guys behind center.

The quarterback question regarding Indiana football has been beat to death.

And the more I've thought about it, the more I really wonder just how important it is to know who is going to be the starter for the opener against Indiana State?

If I had to wager a guess throughout this whole process, I would have thought that in the end Tre Roberson would get the nod. I just thought he brought more to the table because of his ability to take off and run.

But the more I hear the coaches talk and the players, too, the more I wonder if it's all not just a moot point.

Whether it's Roberson or Nate Sudfeld or Cameron Coffman, I think Indiana is going to have a chance to get to a bowl game this year.

And that's because no matter who is the quarterback, Indiana just has so many weapons on offense that I think the Hoosiers are going to score a lot of points this year. And while I'm not sure how good the defense is going to be, I think Indiana will be able to outscore enough opponents to get bowl eligible and earn its first postseason bid of the Kevin Wilson era.

There are big time options at wide receiver and the same is true at running back. IU has three good tight ends and my guess is they will be very much in the mix in this offensive scheme.

The other thing I'm starting to believe is that it really doesn't matter who the starting quarterback turns out to be for Indiana State because depending on the situation I could see any of the three getting some game action. Bottom line is that Wilson would be wise to use all of his different options. And with that much quality at quarterback one would think IU could get pretty creative.

So all of a sudden I'm not all that worried any more whether Wilson names a starter at Friday's weekly press conference or not. If he waits until Saturday or next Thursday night for that matter, I'm not sure it's that big of a deal.

My guess is that the players will know far sooner than the media. And so the staff could easily tell the players early next week and swear them all to secrecy. Yes, it might leak out but it might not, too.

I'm just starting to think that all three of those quarterbacks may see time against Indiana State and the staff will continue its evaluation process with real game experience.

The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that this ongoing quarterback question will continue like that for a while. We may get to the Big Ten before IU has settled on one QB and maybe it won't even have by then.

It's the luxury of having quality depth.

I know one thing and that's that it certainly has made Indiana fans forget completely about not having Dusty Kiel or Ed Wright-Baker behind center. That seems like years ago but it was actually Wilson's first season.

So maybe we'll find out on Friday who the IU quarterback is and maybe we won't.

To be honest, I don't think it's all that big of a deal.

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