Three players to watch: Missouri

Here are two offensive and one defensive player to keep an eye on tonight for Indiana against Missouri.

With different games this season, there will be two or three Indiana players that we think could come up especially big.

Here's three Indiana players in particular to keep an eye on tonight against Missouri:

1.Nate Sudfeld:It could be argued that Sudfeld's name could be on here every week and rightfully so. The true sophomore has completed 71 percent of his passes for 917 yards in the first three games. He has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He is instant offense. But for IU to be competitive in most games this season a lot of that eight is going to rest on Sudfeld's shoulders.

The thing Sudfeld has going for him is that he has so many offensive weapons at his disposal. In the first three games, a total of 11 IU players have caught 65 passes. For Sudfeld it's a game of pick your poison. He can go a variety of ways on every play. As long as he can continue to have the hot hand for Indiana the Hoosiers will score a lot of points and make most games a shootout if the opponent expects to hang with this offense.

2. Nick Mangieri: Mangieri has been one of IU's biggest defensive surprises through the first three games. He's a playmaker which is something the Hoosiers have lacked in recent seasons. He's not the leading tackler, in fact he's not even close. He has been credited with 10 tackles in three games which is 17 behind linebacker David Cooper. But he leads IU with 3.5 tackles for loss and with 25 sacks. He also has one of IU's two interceptions on the season.

Against a potent offense like Missouri, Indiana is going to need to put a great deal of pressure on the quarterback as well as knock down some passes at the line of scrimmage. Mangieri could be the right guy for the Hoosiers.

3.Tevin Coleman: If the sophomore running back looks like he did against Indiana State and Bowling Green then IU's offensive attack will have the balance it requires to be even more successful. Coleman gained 169 yards in the opener against ISU and 129 last week against Bowling Green. In between though, he ran for 34 yards against Navy.

If Coleman continues to hit the holes hard like he has to this point in the season, it will just be a matter of time in most games where Coleman breaks into the secondary and amasses some serious yardage. If he is held in check though, the IU offense becomes a little bit more predictable.

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