Johns could see multiple IU QBs in game

It's four days until game time and no one around the Indiana program claims to have any idea who will be the starting quarterback Thursday night against Indiana State. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said Sunday more than one could be play.

Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Johns made it clear Sunday that Indiana could be looking at playing multiple quarterbacks in games this season.

It's not like this is an earth-shattering revelation, and it has been something that has been discussed, but Johns seemed to emphasize the possibility a little bit more on Sunday following IU's only practice of the day.

The Hoosiers open the season Thursday night at home against Indiana State.

When the lights come on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, it will either be Cameron Coffman, Tre Roberson or Nate Sudfeld behind center. Right now, no one seems to be in a hurry to make that call.

"To us as a program we've been rotating these three kids for the last year and a half,'' Johns said. "So I'm telling you it is not a big deal to our players. If one of them goes out there first and two series later another one goes in, they won't blink an eye. Because in practice, that's how it has been for over a year.

"So when we say it's not a big deal to us, I really don't think it's a big deal. I think the kids are used to it. The quarterbacks themselves are used to rotating. Sure they all want to play as much as they can but at the end of the day we have to do what's best for the program and we'll figure out what that is here as we get going.''

Johns made it clear that while he'll have input, the final decision on a quarterbacks rests completely with IU coach Kevin. Wilson, who spoke to the media, Friday was not part of the interview sessions on Sunday. The next time to hear from Wilson will be Tuesday at the Big Ten football teleconference.

"If anybody that will be coach Wilson's decision,'' Johns said. "And right now he hasn't told me anything so whenever he wakes up and wants to make that decision he'll do that. That's why he's the head coach because he can do what he wants to do.''

With so much young talent at the quarterback position, Johns is encouraged for IU's future.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed that everyone stays healthy and continues to play at a high level,'' Johns said. "You would think for the next two to three years we should have a lot of depth at that position.''

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