Who will step up at receiver for IU?

Cody Latimer, Kofi Hughes, Duwyce Wilson, Ted Bolser and Stephen Houston are gone in terms of receiving targets for Nate Sudfeld. Who will step up in their places?

We all know that Nate Sudfeld is back and is ready to lead the Indiana offense in 2014.

But Sudfeld did lose a few receiving targets from a year ago. Cody Latimer, Kofi Hughes, Duwyce Wilson, Ted Bolser and Stephen Houston are all targets from a year ago that are no longer part of Sudfeld’s arsenal.

Those five players combined to catch 180 passes last season for 22 touchdowns.

So who will Indiana’s receiving targets be for the 2014 season?

Shane Wynn will move from the slot receiver position to a wide out. True freshman Dominique Booth from Pike High School in Indianapolis will back him up.

Nick Stoner is listed as a starter, too, as is Isaiah Roundtree. Roundtree will be in the slot. Backups there are Mitchell Paige and Caleb Cornett.

Danny Friend and Anthony Corsaro are the main tight end targets along with freshman Jordan Fuchs. And Tevin Coleman and D’Angelo Roberts in particular will be players that Sudfeld looks for out of the backfield .

There are others, too. IU has some good incoming wide receivers like Simmie Cobbs, J-Shun Harris and Coray Keel. Another possibility is Isaac Griffith.

“Some of those young guys are definitely going to be a big part of the mix this year,’’ Sudfeld said. “I’m real excited about them. Obviously Shane is a phenomenal player and he’s going to do great things for us this year. Tevin out of the backfield is another option. Our young tight ends it seems like we have a lot of competition at the tight end position. They can all catch the ball well. I’m excited to see who steps up there.

“Then the young guys at wide receiver are impressive, too. Dominique came in early so he’s been doing well. We have Zeke Roundtree and Stoner who have been doing well. Guys like Mitchell Paige and Caleb Cornett. We have some good receivers.’’

Sudfeld went as far to say that he believed that IU has more depth this year than it did a year ago at the wide receiver position.

“It’s a long list of guys,’’ Sudfeld said. “I really feel like we have more depth at wide receiver this year than we did last year. We just don’t have as much experience.’’

Sudfeld said the team has done a lot of extra work on Saturday’s, working on routes and trying to get more comfortable with each other.

Sudfeld said that IU doesn’t have as much size as it did at wide receiver but it’s still a capable group.

“They definitely were matchup problems where I could throw the ball and they would bail me out a couple of times,’’ Sudfeld said. “Shane is one of the fastest guys in the league so he gets open really well. Dom Booth has some size and so does Caleb Cornett. Stoner is decently tall and a blazer. Zeke is pretty big at the slot spot and the tight ends have some size.’’

Sudfeld admitted it’s a little different though. He said he has to find different ways to get them the ball.

“Whether it’s back shoulder leading them or different things like that,’’ Sudfeld said. “It’s exciting for me. It’s kind of a fresh start to start hitting guys and getting that more accurate.’’

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