IU Insider Blog: The circus is over

Last year, the most frequently asked question of IU football coach Kevin Wilson was who would he start at quarterback: Tre Roberson or Nate Sudfeld? All of a sudden Sudfeld is "the guy" as Roberson has decided to transfer. What does that mean for IU moving forward? Read on.

One media circus has officially come to an end.

When the 2014 season gets underway in August, what are we going to do now that we don't have to ask the familiar daily question of Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson or offensive coordinator Kevin Johns: Who is going to be the starting quarterback against (fill in the blank)?

Cam Coffman has transferred. Tre Roberson has now followed him out the door. Nate Sudfeld is the last man standing.

As is many times the case with college comings and goings, however, this one was a little bit of a surprise.

One of the reasons for optimism heading to the 2014 IU football season was the two-headed monster that existed at the IU quarterback position.

On one hand you had Sudfeld, the pocket passer, who started eight games a year ago, threw for more than 2,500 yards with 21 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Sudfeld was confident is his role as the IU starter and with a solid stable of wide receivers was more than capable to lead the Hoosier offense.

Sudfeld is OK in terms of mobility but he will never get confused with former IU quarterbacks like Antwaan Randle El, Kellen Lewis or even Roberson in terms of mobile QBs. Sudfeld is a pocket passer through and through.

And then you had Roberson who could beat you both through the air and with his legs. With Sudfeld and Roberson as a two-pronged attack, Wilson had plenty of options. Plus he had a capable backup if his starter went down.

Now, those options are more limited.

But at the same time it was clearly a circus. Both quarterbacks went through a year of uncertainty. They both wanted to be "the guy" but they also both wanted to be the team player, say the right things and support each other as best they could. They were both leaders in the locker room and it was important that they did and said all the right things.

Now my guess though is that when Roberson had the game he had last year for the Old Oaken Bucket against Purdue, he probably thought there was a good chance he would be "the guy" moving forward.

It's easy to understand how he could get there in his mind, too.

All he did was complete 25-of-37 passes for 273 yards and six touchdowns. No typo there. Roberson threw for six TD's against Purdue.

At the same time, he carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards.

It was an exceptional individual effort. Some believed it trumpeted moving forward what the Hoosiers could potentially get from the quarterback position.

But then coming back, and going through the spring, Roberson like saw that he was going to be locked into the same back-and-forth weekly fight to earn the starting job at quarterback.

Some players can handle that. Some, not so much. Some give off the impression that they can handle it just fine and in reality it's very difficult. I don't know for a fact that Roberson was in that camp but it certainly would make sense.

So all of a sudden the Indiana quarterback position is much less cloudy and uncertain.

You have Sudfeld and you have true freshman Zander Diamont, who was a mid-year college entry that was able to participate this spring with the Hoosiers. Beyond that you have three walk-on candidates at the position.

But all of a sudden Diamont goes from a player that you might have considered redshirting to one that could be quickly in the mix as the No. 2.

I'm not going to miss the daily circus that was Sudfeld-Roberson. But I will miss the potential that came from having both of those guys in the Indiana offensive arsenal.

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