Just three games into the 2012 season, the Hoosiers are left with two scholarship quarterbacks, neither of whom had taken a snap in an NCAA game before last Saturday or was on IU's roster in 2011. It appears for now that Cameron Coffman, a junior college transfer who is now a sophomore (i.e., three years remaining, including 2012) and true freshman Nate Sudfeld. It appears that Coffman will be the starter, although Kevin Wilson said earlier that Coffman would have to have a good week in practice. So, what do we know about our new quarterbacks?
Coming out of high school, Coffman was a three star recruit listed as the #20 quarterback and the #7 player in Missouri. He is from Peculiar, Missouri, about an hour south of Kansas City. Technically, I believe that is actually "Mizzeruh." Coffman's offer sheet is fairlt impressive, with offers shown from Arizona State, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Nebraska. As was reported widely when Coffman enrolled at IU in January, he was holding out for some bigger offers that didn't materialize and his other suitors had moved on, so Coffman ended up at Arizona Western, a junior college. In his one year of junior college play, Coffman completed 61 percent of his passes, averaged 187 yards per game, and threw 21 TDs to 6 interceptions. He led his team to the national championship game, where he completed 23 of 38 passes for 318 yards and 4 TDs in a loss. He was recruited by current OC Seth Littrell, so hopefully that means he is well-suited for the system.
Nate Sudfeld is a true freshman from Modesto, California. He was a fairly late commit to IU (January 25) and was recruited and offered by Littrell when Littrell was still at Arizona. He's a big kid (6'5, 215), and unlike Coffman, who was listed as a "dual threat" QB, appears to be a pocket passer. As a senior at Modesto Christian, he completed only 53 percent of his passes, but averaged 213 yards per game and threw 29 TDs to 9 interceptions. If Littrell, he of the 70 percent benchmark, isn't worried about that completion percentage then neither am I.
In camp, Wilson said he was happy with the quarterbacks, indicating that any of the QBs on the 2012 roster were better than any of IU's 2011 options. We're going to find out in a hurry if his confidence in Coffman and Sudfeld is warranted.