Indiana Hoosiers Football Season Preview History
2011 Indiana Football Preview:
Indiana just missed out on a bowl game last year, falling one win shy of being eligible, but despite the disappointment, they gave fans hope for the future. Now, with former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson as the new head coach, Indiana may be poised to break into the post season for the first time since 2007.
The biggest loss for the Hoosiers is quarterback Ben Chappel, who graduated as one of the more important pieces of the team's offense. However, Wilson knows how to work with quarterbacks, and presumed starter Dusty Kiel has great potential. Add to that the fact he has several reliable targets, including Kofi Hughes and Trea Burgess, and the offense may be able to surprise some people.
The defense was a huge problem for Indiana last year, and even gave up whopping 83 points to conference rival Wisconsin. Wilson will certainly have his hands full trying to sure up the defense, but he has a pair of experienced leaders in linebackers Leon Beckum and Jeff Thomas who may be able to help. However, there are still big holes in the secondary that may cause problems for the Hoosiers and their first-year coach.
2010 Indiana Football Preview:
Indiana finished last season with a dismal 1-7 conference record to find itself dead last in the Big Ten. While the Hoosier offense will be sure to put up a lot of points as they did last year, they will need to improve defensively.
The success of the offense rests with the performance of senior quarterback Ben Chappell, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards a year ago. If he doesn’t have a good year, it won't be for lack of weapons as Indiana has arguably the best receiving corps in the conference. Juniors Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher each caught over 60 passes in 2009.
The biggest question mark for coach Bill Lynch will be on defense. The Hoosiers ranked near the bottom in the conference in nearly every defensive category, and surrendered an average 401 total yards per game. The performance of sophomores Larry Black Jr and Adam Replogle on the line will be key.
It is certainly a big task for Lynch to take Indiana from the bottom of the Big Ten to a contender. With Chappell, Doss and Damarlo, they will be able to put up a lot of points, it's just a matter of whether or not they can prevent opponents from doing the same.