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 today against Minnesota:
1.Tre Roberson:In the back and forth IU quarterback derby no one knows for certain if it will be Roberson or Nate Sudfeld today starting behind center for the Hoosiers. Chances are, however, based on past experience that both will see significant action.
If Roberson does get the call, however, a wet, soggy field could be to his advantage. He certainly looked the better quarterback the last time IU was in those kinds of conditions on the road in Michigan. When you have a mobile quarterback the big advantage he always has is he knows where he's going and the opponents don't. If Roberson is called on to be more of a runner against Minnesota, he could have a big day.
2. Bobby Richardson: The defensive has been coming on with each Big Ten game and returning home look for him to make an impact today against the Gophers. Richardson has shown the ability to get decent pressure on the quarterback, something that will be extremely important in this game.
Richardson is still looking for his sack of the season but one area where has made an impact is in knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage. He has three in the first seven games. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss. Richardson is also one of IU's defensive captains today, earning that honor for the third time.
3.Mitch Ewald: Ewald hasn't missed a field goal this season but he's also only had five attempts. IU has gone for touchdowns more than field goals in many instances this season. In fact, Ewald only has one attempt all season beyond 30 yards and that was the 50-yarder he made last week against Michigan. But this could be a game where he's called upon to kick some field goals in the 30-45 yard range.
More importantly, the biggest area to watch with Ewald today will be kickoffs. In 46 kickoffs this season, Ewald has had 25 touchbacks. He is averaging 64.4 yards per kick. Special teams and not allowing Minnesota to have good field position will be a big key in today's game with the Gophers.
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