Nate Sudfeld out for the season

Indiana junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out for the season after it was disclosed Monday that he will need surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered Saturday at Iowa. Chris Covington will take over at quarterback for the Hoosiers.

Indiana junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld is out for the season and will require shoulder surgery, IU coach Kevin Wilson announced Monday at his weekly press conference.

It’s a huge blow to an Indiana football team that fell to 0-2 in Big Ten play last week at Iowa and faces Michigan State Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Wilson said that Chris Covington will be IU’s starter in Sudfeld’s place.

“We talked to the doctors yesterday and learned that Nate will require surgery and be out for the season,’’ Wilson said. “We expect him to make a pretty strong recovery.’’

Sudfeld completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,151 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in the first six games.

He went down early in the second quarter Saturday against Iowa when his left (non-throwing) shoulder was driven into the turf on a sack. He didn’t return and Covington led the team the rest of the way.

Wilson said that IU will do its best moving forward with Covington at the helm.

“We’re not going to hand the ball off every time and we’re not going to be a true option team,’’ Wilson said in his weekly press conference. “We’re going to play to our strengths.

It was the second major injury in less than a week for Indiana football. Last Wednesday, it was learned that wide receiver Isaiah Roundtree had a torn ACL that he suffered in practice.

This story will be updated.

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