The Last Word: Quarterback

Who will "trot on the field" as Kevin Wilson likes to say as the starting quarterback for Indiana against Indiana State. Here's my opinion.

Every game, I will have a ‘Last Word' segment that looks at an issue or player personnel situation heading into the game. The obvious one to lead off with is the IU quarterback situation.

Game day has arrived and Indiana fans still don't know for sure who IU's starting quarterback will be tonight against Indiana State.

Will it be Tre Roberson, the sophomore who started the season opener a year ago, but broke his leg in the second game and took a redshirt year?

Will it be Cameron Coffman, the junior who filled in well for Roberson and completed 61 percent of his passes for more than 2,700 yards and 15 touchdowns?

Or will it be Nate Sudfeld, the 6-5 strong-armed QB who looked good in relief several times as a true freshman last season and had seven touchdowns and just one interception on the year?

Before the camp began, I felt like it was Roberson's job to lose. I still feel that way.

If this three-player race has been as close as everyone has said it has been, and one player hasn't distinguished himself above the others, then I think you go with the guy who was your starter going into the season a year ago.

I like Roberson because of the things he can do within the game. He's always a threat to take off and run. His freshman year, when he started the final five games, he seemed a little too inclined to take off and run at times. Now that he's had a year or two to mature, and the offensive line is clearly better, I think you'll see a player who makes better decisions in that regard.

Plus I think he's an under-rated passer, too. Roberson has grown into that role since leaving Lawrence Central High School.

The other point I've made throughout camp is that with the amount of talent in the receiving corps on this Indiana team you just need someone to get them the ball so they can go make plays. I really believe any of IU's three quarterbacks can do that.

The one that separates himself, however, is Roberson because of his ability to take off and run.

Now I also believe that we may see more than one quarterback in the game for Indiana tonight. Perhaps all three.

But if I was to go with one as we countdown to kickoff for IU-Indiana State, I'll go with Roberson.

We'll see how it turns out.

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