Hoosiers ready to see new quarterback vs. Ball St.

Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Cameron Coffman is getting the first crack to be Indiana's new starting quarterback.

Keeping the job for the rest of this season might take a little more work.

The junior college transfer with the NFL pedigree played well enough last weekend in relief of the injured Tre Roberson to convince coach Kevin Wilson that he should start this weekend against Ball State.

"He's a very calm kid, a very smart kid, I don't know if he has the biggest cannon," Wilson said Tuesday. "He's got a little more pep in his step this week, and he won't get rattled. I think he handled that situation (Saturday) very well, and in two days of practice this week, he's looked the best he has all camp."

That's good news for a team that is chasing a third straight win and could match the school's longest winning streak since 2000. Indiana (2-0) also opened the 2005, 2009 and 2010 seasons at 3-0.

But the other part of the equation is causing consternation in Bloomington.

Roberson, Indiana's 2010 Mr. Football, broke his lower left leg during the first half of Saturday's 45-6 win over Massachusetts. The sophomore had surgery to insert a titanium rod in the leg Sunday and a full recovery is expected to take five to six months. So Wilson plans to redshirt Roberson.

The official announcement about Roberson's replacement came as no surprise.

Coffman, who had been listed No. 2 on the depth chart each of the first two weeks, finished Saturday's game 16 of 22 for 159 yards with one touchdown in rain storm. And until freshman Nate Sudfeld closed things out, Coffman was the only Hoosiers quarterback with a pass at the college level.

Last season, Coffman led Arizona Western to the National Junior College Athletic Association national title game. East Mississippi ended the Arizona Western's perfect season with a 55-47 victory.

"It is (the plan)," Wilson said in naming Coffman the starter. "But it was going to be (Tevin) Coleman (at running back) till Thursday of the first week and then he tip-toed a little bit at practice, so you never know."

D'Angelo Roberts replaced Coleman in the lineup in the season opener.

Another concern is depth. Roberson, Coffman and Sudfeld are the only scholarship quarterbacks on Indiana's roster, and Wilson declined to name an emergency third quarterback Tuesday.

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