Indiana FOOTBALL REPORT CARD: Indiana State
For the most part, the quarterbacks were efficient and effective from the start. Tre Roberson had a pair of early touchdown throws on the four possessions he played before suffering a minor rib injury. He looked fluid as a runner although he did appear indecisive on a fourth-and-1 call at the ISU 34 that resulted in a no gain and turnover of possession. Nate Sudfeld made some good throws including a TD toss to Nick Stoner and a couple of right-on-target throws to Kofi Hughes. He no doubt would like to have his pick back that was returned for a score. That interception doubled his career total. Cam Coffman didn't have much of a rhythm but it was hard to get a good feel for him especially in the second half since he wasn't playing with the ones. Nate Boudreau did an excellent job of running the offense and not making any fourth string QB type mistakes. GRADE: B plus
Tevin Coleman was superb. He was quick hitting the holes and just seemed to have a burst. While his 169-yard effort was his first career 100-yard game, it's obvious it won't be his last. Stephen Houston struggled. He looked sluggish, not in sync. He dropped a wide open third down pass in the flat that would have been an easy first down. Anthony Davis and Andrew Wilson, in mop up time, combined for 110 yards on 18 carries, also a plus. As a team, IU ran for 313 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry.GRADE: A minus
Perhaps one of the most remarkable statistics of the game came when IU had already scored 42 points late in the second quarter. At that point, Kofi Hughes, Cody Latimer and Duwyce Wilson had combined for zero catches. What's more a ball really hadn't been thrown in their directions. Shane Wynn, Ted Bolser and Nick Stoner were all make big plays. Eventually the trio of Hughes, Latimer and Wilson would combine to catch six passes. What was impressive was that the speed, depth and athleticism of the IU receiving corps was clearly on display and the group as a whole answered the bell. GRADE: A
Indiana piled up more than 600 yards of offense, scored nine offensive touchdowns and the offensive line did not allow a sack. And that was without RG Dan Feeney, who is out for the year with a foot injury, and RT Peyton Eckert who hurt his back running last week, didn't play against Indiana State and is day-to-day. Probably the only negative for the line was when Jake Reed was ejected for throwing a punch. It may have been a heat of the moment type play but IU was up 42-7 at the time. GRADE: A
The push up front was adequate but not great. IU did get four sacks. The line did an OK job of bottling up Shakir Bell, though the speedy tailback did have 113 yards with just under 2 minutes to play in the first half before he got injured and did not return. Yes, He was limited to 68 yards on 17 carries before he was injured at the end of a 45 yard run, but even without that run he was on pace to gain probably 150 yards or more. Indiana missed some opportunities in the tackling department. The line had Bell and other stopped a few times and let them get away. GRADE: B minus
There's a lot of youth at this position and a lot of those guys are playing right away. One of them, T.J. Simmons, led IU with nine tackles. Like the analysis of the defensive line, the linebackers need to do a better job of wrapping up and filling their lanes. It wasn't a bad performance by any stretch but there also wasn't a lot that made this group stand out either. GRADE: B
One name. Tim Bennett. Bennett, a converted safety, was flying around and always around the ball. He wasn't giving the same cushion that many IU defensive backs have frequently given in the past. Another player who made plays was true freshman safety Antonio Allen. He also botched a coverage that led to a 57 yard fourth quarter touchdown pass, too. So he had some good with the bad. Greg Heban and Mark Murphy. IU radio color analyst Buck Suhr may have said it best during the broadcast when he said the best news for Indiana on defense is that you haven't been saying the names of guys like Heban and Murphy in on tackles a lot. One of the problems with IU in recent years is that some of the top tackles have been defensive backs. It's hard to win in the Big Ten if that's the case. GRADE: B plus
Mitch Ewald only attempted one field goal and he was good from 26 yards. He kicked it off 12 times and six resulted in touchbacks. He also had one late in the game that went out of bounds. But his touchbacks were deep kicks, too, often going to the very back of the end zone. Erich Toth wasn't required to punt much. He had three kicks for a 37 yard average including two inside the 20. One of those was downed at the 1 on a very athletic play by Kofi Hughes. GRADE: B plus
There was good and bad. Shane Wynn had his first career punt return for a touchdown, a 58-yarder. True freshman Laray Smith had one of those kickoff returns that looked bad at the beginning and kept getting worse. Eventually, Indiana State would pick up his fumble and score. The coverage units for the most part did a good job. So there's good with Wynn and bad with Smith. GRADE: B minus.
The opinions in this Report Card are solely those of AllHoosiers.com publisher Terry Hutchens.
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