As they begin preseason training, Indiana University football coaches say their players have already made significant improvements since last season.
Today marked the opening of the team’s preseason camp, and the season opener against Indiana State University is less than four weeks away.
“It’s been our best summer so far, and it’s not even close,” an optimistic Kevin Wilson says. “We’re more mature, we’re more talented and we’re just a tighter, better team.”
The Hoosiers are coming off a busy offseason, highlighted by the departure of quarterback Tre Roberson and the hiring of a new defensive coordinator, Brian Knorr.
Knorr takes over a defense that has finished last in the Big Ten in points allowed for the past three seasons, but he’s holding this year’s unit to higher standards.
“The mid-twenties is where we have to be to not just be a bowl team,” Knorr says. “We’re looking to be in the upper level of bowl teams.”
The Hoosiers have not made a bowl since 2007, when they lost 49-33 to Oklahoma State.
As for the quarterbacks, junior Nate Sudfeld is now the leader of the offense, after splitting time with Roberson last season.
“The mindset really hasn’t changed,” Sudfeld says. “Obviously, circumstances are a little bit different—kind of more on my shoulders now, more responsibility. But, I’m still treating it the same way and still working just as hard, if not harder.”
Even after losing some key players, including second-round NFL draft pick Cody Lattimer, Sudfeld says this year’s receiving corps is even deeper.