Kevin Wilson will be entering his fifth season as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers this fall. He’s coached some very talented players over the last four years, and so I thought that time period was long enough to determine the top 10 players in the Kevin Wilson era at IU to this point. Agree? Disagree? Let us know.
10. Mark Murphy (2011-14)
Known for his hard work both on and off the field, Murphy was a standout safety for the Hoosiers. He recorded 279 career tackles and four career interceptions while also earning Capital One Academic All-American honors twice in his four years at IU. Murphy’s most memorable moment was a 47-yard interception returned for a touchdown against Penn State his senior year. The number 47 is also significant in that it represents the number of career games he played, with 42 of them starts. A graduate of IU’s School of Informatics and Computing, Murphy is now a software developer in Austin, Texas according to his Twitter account @MarkMurphy37.
9. Adam Replogle (2009-2012)
Replogle provided durability at the defensive tackle position for Indiana, playing in all 48 career games and starting the final 47. His 15 career sacks rank ninth in program history. His pass rushing ability provided a bright spot on an otherwise bleak and underwhelming IU defense under Wilson. In 2013, Replogle was signed as a college free agent by the Atlanta Falcons who converted him from a defensive tackle to an offensive guard. He has yet to play a game in the NFL, serving mostly as backup for Atlanta.
8. Ted Bolser (2009-2013)
Bolser, a tight end, had a decorated career at Indiana. He ranks first among tight ends in program history with 117 catches, 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bolser was one of eight John Mackey Award semifinalists, an award given to the nation’s top tight end. Started in 37 of 48 career games. Though he recorded over 100 career receptions, he also had plenty of drops as well, a knock against him in his NFL scouting report. He’s bounced around the NFL quite a bit after being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. After spending time on the Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squads last season, he signed a futures contract with the Arizona Cardinals this past January.
7. Tre Roberson (2011-2013)
Poor Roberson. You just can’t help but wonder ‘what if?’ anytime you think of him. A dynamic dual-threat quarterback, he was the first true freshman QB in IU history to start and one of 11 nationally that year. Just when you thought a play was dead, Roberson’s legs would revive it with a scramble for a first down or a throw on the run. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken leg in just the second game of his sophomore campaign in 2012 and got a medical redshirt. That injury led to more playing time for Cam Coffman and Nate Sudfeld that year. He shared snaps with Sudfeld his final season as a Hoosier (2013) and would end up starting in only four of the 12 games he played in. He transferred to FCS program Illinois State to seek more playing time and led the Redbirds to the FCS national title game, where they fell just short last season. Still, I think he accomplished a lot for the Hoosier football program under Wilson.
6. Tegray Scales (2014-present)
If you followed Indiana football closely last season, then you won’t be shocked by I put this sophomore linebacker on the list. Scales’ 46 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions earned him a spot on BTN.com and 247Sports.com’s All-Big Ten Freshman teams. He was also named a True Freshman All-American by 247Sports. Scales tied for the team lead in interceptions last season as well. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t on the list of Hoosiers who made it to the NFL under Wilson. Scales has the size and speed to make it to the next level, and is poised for a big sophomore season.
5. Darius Latham (2013-present)
A four-star defensive tackle from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Latham was a big time pick up for Wilson. Latham’s commitment showed that Wilson and his staff have the ability to recruit players of Latham’s caliber. After playing in all 12 games and recording 22 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2013, he earned a starting spot on the defensive line in last season. He’s been a big asset for the Hoosiers’ run defense as a big body in the middle at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds. While he only has 48 career tackles and three and a half sacks through his first two seasons, Latham should be primed for a breakout year his junior year. He gets such a high spot on the list because of his potential and because of how big his commitment was for Wilson and the program.
4. Shane Wynn (2011-2014)
Though he was 5-foot-7 and 167 pounds, being one of the smallest receivers did not deter Wynn from having an outstanding career at Indiana. Elected team captain by his teammates, Wynn led the Hoosiers with 56 catches for 708 yards and three touchdowns in his final season as a Hoosier. His speed allowed him to burn defenders on offense and on kick and punt returns. At IU’s pro day, he ran a 4.29 40-yard dash. Unfortunately his speed was not enough to get him drafted. However, he was signed as a college free agent by Atlanta and spent the offseason there. Wynn is currently a member of the Cleveland Browns after they were awarded him via waivers from the Falcons on June 19.
3. Cody Latimer (2011-2013)
Latimer was a big, physical target at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds who developed into the top target of IU quarterbacks by his junior season. The 21st Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards, he also ranked fourth in 100-yard games with seven and seventh in yardage and receptions in program history. As a junior, he recorded 72 catches with 1,096 yards receiving. His play earned him a spot on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, an award given to the nation’s top wide receiver. Latimer capitalized on a successful junior year and declared early for the 2014 NFL Draft, in which he was selected in the second round by the Denver Broncos.
2. Nate Sudfeld (2012-present)
Sudfeld will be a senior this fall and has unfinished business. A season-ending separated shoulder during game six at Iowa cut his junior campaign short. He’s currently second in program his history in completion percentage, tied for second in 300-yard passing games and eighth in passing yards (4,306). Sudfeld is a gifted pocket passer who could also end up being another NFL draftee under Wilson – CBS Sports has him ranked as the fifth-best quarterback prospect for the 2016 draft. I think he’ll end up being the best quarterback in the Wilson era so far.
1. Tevin Coleman (2012-2014)
Let’s be honest – was there really any doubt about this one? More than 2,000 yards rushing in his final season as a Hoosier and a Heisman trophy finalist, Coleman did just about everything for Indiana’s offense. He played cornerback, wide receiver and cornerback in high school but stuck with running back when he got to the collegiate level. He clearly made the right choice converting to the offensive side of the ball at Indiana. What was most astounding about Coleman was his ability to play through pain – he suffered a broken sesamoid bone against North Texas on October 4 last year, then proceeded to gain 1,195 of his 2,036 yards after the injury. Coleman declared early for the NFL Draft, forgoing his final season of eligibility in Bloomington to be drafted in the third round of the 2015 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He’s expected to challenging returning Falcons running back Devonta Freeman for playing time, and possibly the starting running back position. There’s no question Coleman is the top player of the Wilson era, and I don’t think we’ll see anyone top him for quite some time.