When it was announced that Tre Roberson would be transferring from Indiana, it was probably the biggest piece of shocking news for Hoosier fans this offseason. An almost guarantee to be on the key player list, the once hotly contested quarterback position is looking to be a one-man race now.
However, to improve on a five-win season, these three players will be key to their success.
Shane Wynn - Wide Receiver
This guy is an absolute blazer.
Although Wynn would be overshadowed by receivers like Kofi Hughes and talented junior Cody Latimer who declared early for the NFL Draft, he ended up having the most touchdowns on the team despite not being Indiana's first or second option in the passing game.
With that being said, and both first and second options no longer on roster, this season is a great chance for Wynn to step up as a senior and build on a nice year statistically. He finished 2013 with 46 receptions for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Below is a video of Wynn mic'd up during one of Indiana's practices last season:
Tevin Coleman - Running Back
Junior Tevin Coleman emerged as the teams go-to back last season and had a very efficient and successful season on the ground for a powerful Hoosier offense. The true sophomore finished 2013 with 131 rushes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns.
If the offense can be as explosive as it was last season (at certain points), then Coleman could be setting himself for a nice 2014 season statistically.
Don't believe me? See for yourself, a 64-yard touchdown scamper against the best rushing team in the country last season, Michigan State.
Nate Sudfeld - Quarterback
Sudfeld appears on the list for a variety of reasons. With Roberson's transfer now complete, Sudfeld now becomes the guy for Indiana. The once hotly contested quarterback battle fizzles out without much fanfare.
However, the show must go on.
Sudfeld had a nice 2013 season when splitting time with Roberson. Finishing the year with 2500 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Considering how much time was split the between the two quarterbacks, that is a solid year.
With Sudfeld more than likely seeing most of the snaps in 2014, it is possible to see these numbers soar to new heights with him being a full-time starter. It goes without saying that his play at quarterback will make or break the Hoosier offense in 2014.