Players to Watch: North Texas

Here are two Indiana players to keep an eye on this week against North Texas.

With every game Indiana plays this season, we’ll take a look at a few players that we think could be key contributors in the upcoming game. Here are the key players for the North Texas.

OFFENSE

Nate Sudfeld

It all starts with Sudfeld in this game especially after his performance in last week’s 37-15 loss to Maryland. In some ways, Sudfeld is flying under the radar as opposing defenses are focusing so much on stopping Tevin Coleman and D’Angelo Roberts that IU’s passing attack has become an afterthought.

Last week, Sudfeld completed 14-of-37 passes for a very ordinary 126 yards and no touchdowns. He never looked in sync and missed two or three deeps balls that could have changed the game. In four games, Sudfeld has two touchdowns. After four games last season he had 11. One of the big keys for Sudfeld is he needs to get more people involved in the passing game. He has a good stable of wide receivers but very few have emerged as playmakers in the first four games. That needs to change immediately and North Texas could be just the team to allow Sudfeld to get back on the right track.

Sudfeld’s season high for passing was 347 against Bowling Green and his career best was 363 yards last year against Navy. He has four career 300-yard passing games. Look for No. 5 today.

DEFENSE

Mark Murphy

Murphy had to watch from the sidelines last week against Maryland because of an injury but the starting safety is expected to be back in the lineup today against North Texas.

Murphy had tackles for loss in his previous two games before missing the Maryland game, and also had an interception on the first play of the second half against Missouri. He has three career interceptions.

Murphy is a heart-and-soul player for IU which is why he is expected to have a big game today as he tries to help his team get back above .500 heading to Iowa next week.

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