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Big Ten Football Preview 2015: Three Key Players for Indiana

The key to the success of Indiana's offense this year will be how they replace do-it-all back Tevin Coleman in 2015.

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This week, Maize n Brew previews the Indiana Hoosiers in 2015. We kick off this week by taking a look at the three key players for the team on the field this upcoming season.

Nate Sudfeld, Senior Quarterback

This is an easy one. The Hoosiers started out the season pretty well in 2014, starting 4-1 with a win on the road at Missouri. After he suffered a shoulder injury, the Hoosiers turned to fourth-stringer Zander Diamont and won only one game the rest of the season, the finally against Purdue.

Sudfeld is far from a star, but his presence on the field is something the Hoosiers will rely on in 2015. He has to be a bit more accurate with his throws, but he is easily the best signal-caller on the roster.

Jordan Howard, Junior Running Back

The Hoosiers have their work cut out for them in replacing star running back Tevin Coleman, but head coach Kevin Wilson addressed that in a big way by pulling in Jordan Howard from UAB. Howard rushed for over 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 and will be eligible to play immediately for Indiana. He is not the burner that Coleman was, but he will be able to be a lead featured back in the offense.

Antonio Allen, Junior Safety

The defense was not great by any stretch last year, but it was improved. A key cog in continued improvement comes in the secondary, where junior Antonio Allen will be the anchor. Last season, he led the Hoosiers in tackles and brought blazing speed and great athleticism to a defense that sorely needed playmakers.