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 Wisconsin:
1.Nate Sudfeld: Bottom line, if Indiana has any chance to compete with Wisconsin today the offense has to be extremely efficient and it all starts with Sudfeld. This has to be a good Sudfeld day and not a bad one. Indiana fans have seen both this year, and unfortunately much of the bad has been in road games. Sudfeld needs to keep all of his offensive options in play today for the Hoosiers to have a chance.
Some seem to think that Sudfeld padded his statistics in the non-conference portion of the season but he has done well in Big Ten play, too. In the five conference games, the sophomore QB has throw for 1,036 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He is completing 58.2 percent of his passes. If Indiana is to have a chance today, Sudfeld has to complete a high percentage and keep drives going. IU has been a quick strike offense all year but this game, more than all the others, the Hoosiers must control the tempo and that begins with the quarterback.
2. Jason Spriggs: We don't highlight offensive linemen too often when it comes to players to watch but against a really talented Wisconsin defense Spriggs' role at left tackle today becomes even more important. Spriggs is responsible for Sudfeld's blind side. He needs to find a way to keep his quarterback upright today and not constantly scrambling and having to make plays on the run.
Opponents have sacked IU quarterbacks 14 times in nine games which isn't bad but Spriggs and company has to make sure that Sudfeld and Tre Roberson are well protected for IU to have the best chance to be successful.
3.David Cooper: Cooper leads the Hoosiers with 69 tackles but he still has just a half sack and 3.5 tackles for loss from his linebacker spot this season. This is a game where the play action pass could be particularly deadly for an IU team that too often bites on that fake and gives up big yards. Cooper will be a person of interest for certain in the middle of that IU defense.
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