This is about as bad as it can possibly get for a Hoosiers' season with almost zero margin of error remaining to reach the postseason.
Kevin Wilson made sure to mention Nate Boudreau and Zander Diamont as "in the mix" to start but reaffirmed that Chris Covington is the guy right now.
Kevin Wilson says he doesn't expect the offense to change a lot. "We do what we kind of do"— Mike Pegram (@peegs) October 13, 2014
"We're not gonna be a true option team," Wilson said. "Maybe the quarterback runs some more."— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) October 13, 2014
The transfers of Cameron Coffman and Tre Roberson now loom larger than ever, as none of these options have anything close to the experience that Cam and Tre had. Unfortunately, in today's competitive environment, guys who have shown enough talent to start will rarely stick around to sit on the bench, and nor should they.
So it'll likely be Chris Covington under center against Michigan State, which is about as brutal of a first start as could possibly be envisioned for a true freshman who initially came to Indiana to play linebacker. I'll end this with a few more quotes from Kevin Wilson, who confirms what I thought on Saturday: they didn't want to risk Diamont's redshirt before they the extent of Sudfeld's injury.
Wilson on Diamont: "If we need Zander, there's a chance you might see him. As you go through the year, you might need both."— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) October 13, 2014
Wilson on Diamont: "We potentially would have said Saturday he would have played if we knew about Nate."— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) October 13, 2014
So for those who loved the 2-QB rotation we had last season with Sudfeld and Roberson, we could be looking at a similar setup with Covington and Diamont / Boudreau. Wilson's offensive coaching prowess will be stretched to its limits, as the task of replacing Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes now must be done with a new quarterback as well.