WR Latimer confident catches will come

Cody Latimer, one of Indiana's most talented players, has only four catches in two games. He's trying to stay positive about his situation.

Indiana has one of the nation's best group of wide receivers. Seniors Kofi Hughes and Ted Bolser, and junior Shane Wynn have shown why already this season, combining for nine touchdowns in the Hoosiers' first two games.

But junior Cody Latimer, arguably the most talented pass catcher of the group, hasn't had the same kind of impact. Latimer, who caught 51 balls for 805 yards and six scores a year ago, has only five receptions in the first two games and has been a virtual non-factor.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Latimer has the build of an NFL receiver. But he hasn't been targeted much by Indiana's quarterbacks.

Has that bothered him?

"We have a whole bunch of options to go to," Latimer said. "We have Ted, we have Kofi. I'm just here to win. I'll get my catches when they come.

"They will come. [The quarterbacks] do a good job of reading defenses."

Four different Indiana receivers have a receiving touchdown this season. Latimer isn't one of them. The Hoosiers, it seems, haven't even made an effort to throw the ball in Latimer's direction.

Indiana isn't 1-1 because of anything the offense has or hasn't done, but it's odd to see one of the Big Ten's best receivers being so unproductive.

"We do need to find more ways to get him the ball and at the same time playing within our system and not trying to force the issue," said Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell. "He's going to make plays this season, he's going to have opportunities where he's the primary guy. The last couple weeks haven't really presented that as much."


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