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IU's Sudfeld honored; Coffman still the starter

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Hoosiers get bye week before Big Ten opener

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:08 am

BLOOMINGTON -- So here's what we know about Indiana football entering the bye week -- Cam Coffman remains the starter even though Nate Sudfeld won a Big Ten honor, out-for-the-season Tre Roberson can throw pretty well off a stool, and Peyton Eckert and Bernard Taylor were the two best offensive linemen against Ball State.

Oh, yes. Receiver Shane Wynn just might have a future as a speaker.

Welcome to the world of coach Kevin Wilson's radio show, where insight and laughs can pop up when you least expect it.

For instance, veteran IU radio announcer Don Fischer asked the 5-7, 157-pound Wynn if he thought he was too small for football.

Wynn's response: "You can measure height and you can measure size, but you can't measure heart."

And then, when Fischer asked him if he drinks protein shakes, Wynn said, “I drink everything that has the word muscle on it.”

The Hoosiers have almost two weeks to get ready for Northwestern (3-0) in the Big Ten opener. Wilson will use the extra time for that, but he'll also focus on run-happy Navy, even though the Hoosiers won't play this last non-conference game until Oct. 20.

But then, that's not surprising considering IU began preparing for Navy back in the spring because its rushing attack is so different from anything IU faces.

Wilson addressed the defense, which once again sprung leaks all over the field against Ball State. He talked about the difficulty in recruiting good defensive players, and also the necessity of it. He said the difference good teams and mediocre teams is having “guys you can't block.”

As far as the quarterback situation, Roberson is back at practice after having surgery last week to repair a broken leg. He's able to sit on a stool and throw. He won't return to action until the spring.

While Coffman remains the starter at quarterback, Sudfeld was honored by the Big Ten for his fourth-quarter heroics that nearly pulled out a dramatic comeback victory.

With Coffman out with a hip pointer, Sudfeld came in and went 13-for-20 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cody Latimer and a 2-yard TD toss to Wynn. The touchdown pass to Wynn capped a six-play, 77-yard drive in 53 seconds. Sudfeld was 4-fir-6 for 36 yards on the drive, completing passes to four different receivers.

Sudfeld shared the award with Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes.

Finally, former Big Ten MVP and NFL player Antwaan Randle El was one of seven former Hoosier athletes selected for the IU athletic Hall of Fame.

Randle El was an All-America in 2001 and a three-time all-Big Ten selection. He was the first player in NCAA history to run for 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 touchdowns (42). He also was the first to gain more than 2,500 total yards in each of four seasons, and the first to pass for more than 6,000 yards and rush for more than 3,000.

He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington, and threw a touchdown pass to help the Steelers win the 2005 Super Bowl.

Another football player to make the Hall of Fame was Bobby Robertson, who played from 1949-52. He led the Hoosiers in rushing, scoring and punting in 1940 and '50, and set a school record by rushing for 185 yards in a 1950 win over Notre Dame. He also led the Big Ten in punting in 1949 and '51. He played one year of baseball and led the conference in hitting at .438.

Also making the Hall of Fame was former basketball player Landon Turner. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds for his career. He was a member of the 1981 national championship team. A car accident the summer before his senior year left him paralyzed.