Former Modesto Christian QB Nate Sudfeld has Indiana rising

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 11, 2013

    UPDATE: Here’s what ESPN has to say about the race to become Indiana’s 2013 QB:          Indiana QB Tre Roberson, 6-foot, 200 is one of ESPN’s candidates for Big 10 Comeback Player of the Year: Roberson returns to the mix after a broken leg suffered in Week 2 against Massachusetts ended his 2012 season. He had won the Hoosiers’ quarterback competition in the summer of 2012 and put up big numbers (368 pass yards, 133 rush yards) in the first five quarters of the season before the injury. Roberson, who started five games as a true freshman in 2011 and appeared in nine, must beat out Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeldfor the top job in preseason camp. 

VIDEO:  Here’s some video from Sudfeld’s earlier 2012 effort against Ohio State, when his two TD passes nearly led to an upset of the Buckeyes. He’s also the big guy being interviewed

STORY: Former Modesto Christian High School quarterback Nate Sudfeld quickly shed that “small-school” label as a freshman at the University of Indiana last fall. His impressive play is why Indiana’s QB situation is ranked No. 6 among 12 teams in the Big Ten, according to ESPN, up from No. 11 last  summer.

    No surprise Ohio State is No. 1 with Braxton Miller, it always helps when you QB leads you to an unbeaten season, but the next five spots are a tossup. Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan and Northwestern are ahead of Indiana, but there’s not a sure thing taking snaps at any of those four Midwestern universities.

     When the Hoosiers lost Tre Roberson to injury the second week of the 2012 season, junior college transfer Cameron Coffman took over the role. It wasn’t long before Sudfeld began getting his share of snaps, completing 62 percent of his throws (51 of 82) for 632 yards, seven TDs and just one interception.

    His TD-to-interception ration could play a role in increasing Sudfeld’s snaps in 2013: Indiana must focus on ball security to improve on last season’s 4-8 record, 2-6 in the Big Ten. Coffman threw 15 TDs, but also 11 interceptions.

    The Hoosiers’ passing yardage (311.2) was ranked No. 17 in the nation, and their 30.8 points a game ranked No. 52. The problem? The defense allowed 35.3 points a game, 104th in the county, but the 11 picks played a role there.

     Roberson and Coffman return as juniors, while the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Sudfeld will be a sophomore. He played as a true freshman last fall, and his mix of physical ability and inexperience were seen in consecutive weeks.

     Sudfeld came off the bench to rally Indiana past 31-17 Illinois, throwing two TDs, and started the next week vs. Iowa. He struggled, taking a key sack early and tossing a pick, before Coffman came in to lead the Hoosiers to a 24-21 win.

    He initially committed to the University of Arizona, but when the Wildcats changed coaches and offensive systems, Sudfeld then signed with Indiana.

   Indiana opens the season opens Aug. 31 with a home game against Indiana State.


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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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