Sep 8, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Cameron Coffman (2) passes the ball against the Massachusetts Minutemen during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Conference Football Preview: Indiana Hoosiers (Part 1: Offense)

In Kevin Wilson’s second season as head coach at Indiana, the Hoosiers finished tied for 5th in the Big Ten – Leaders with an overall record of 4-8 and a conference record of 2-6. Indiana hopes to improve their record in 2013 and the past two season should support this. Since Kevin Wilson took over as head coach in 2011, Indiana has improved their record each year.

Despite their record, the Indiana Hoosiers are coming off of a very successful offensive season in 2012. 2012 was offensive coordinator Seth Littrell’s first season at Indiana and he was able to help the Hoosiers improve many offensive stats.

In 2012, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten in passing offense and set records for passing yards (3,734), total offense 5,304), completions (331), and attempts (540). They also improved their scoring by 9.4 points per game.

Here’s a look at the averages they had per game and their rankings compared to the other schools in Division I:

  • Total: 442.0 yards (34th overall)
  • Passing: 311.2 yards (17th overall)
  • Rushing: 130.8 yards (96th overall)

Indiana will be returning nine of their ten starters from last season and none are more important than junior quarterback Cameron Coffman.

Coffman was the Hoosiers’ main starter last season as he started in eleven out of twelve games for Indiana and was only benched once (game against Illinois). During his eleven starts, Coffman recorded 2,734 passing yards, fifteen touchdowns, and eleven interceptions.

Cameron Coffman should be named the starter for Indiana coming into the 2013 season, but it will be interesting to see how long his leash will be. This is because of redshirt sophomore Tre Roberson.

Roberson was named the starter coming into last season, but was replaced by Coffman during week 1 due to injury. He replaced Coffman in during the Illinois game last season, but there is no reason why Coffman will not start to begin 2013.

Another positive for the Indiana offense coming into the 2013 season is that they will be returning their their top six receiving leaders from a year ago.

The Hoosiers receiving core will be anchored by wide receivers Cody Latimer, Shane Wynn, Kofi Hughes, and tight end Ted Bolser. All four of these players were key pieces to the Indiana passing attack and will be chasing a historic milestone this season. All four of these receiving targets will have the chance to record 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

Because of their offense, don’t be surprised if Indiana wins more games than they did in 2012.

More Key Offensive Players:

  •  Stephen Houston (redshirt senior running back) – 749 rushing yards in 2012
  • D’Angelo Roberts (junior running back) – 300 rushing yards in 2012
  • Duwyce Wilson (redshirt senior wide receiver) – 230 receiving yards in 2012

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