Indiana’s typically explosive offense wasn’t able to do much in Saturday’s loss to Penn State, something that can be chalked up, in part, to the absence of starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld and starting running back Jordan Howard.
So, with a game against Rutgers up next, will Indiana have its two best offensive players back in time?
Things are especially dire at the quarterback spot, where not only were the Hoosiers without Sudfeld but they lost backup Zander Diamont to injury in Saturday’s game. That pressed third-stringer Danny Cameron (the son of former Indiana head coach Cam Cameron) into action, and with head coach Kevin Wilson reporting that Diamont will be out for the next week or two, Cameron could be forced into starting duty should Sudfeld still not be ready to go.
Wilson said that Sudfeld was cleared to play against Penn State, and the senior was dressed and on the sideline. But Wilson didn’t want to risk further injury and kept Sudfeld out of action. Should that be the case again this weekend, it would mean the first start for Cameron.
“Zander's going to be interesting now because his shoulder issue — and it's on his right shoulder — how well he can throw. I think as we go through the week — he didn't do anything yesterday. I think he's got a week or two maybe to be out. We'll see. If he can play, he'll play," Wilson said Monday.
“Nate did more (Sunday) night than he did any day last week. He did a few things last week. He was at practice. He didn't take any live throws until Friday. He did half the work on Friday, he and Zander, to see if he'd be ready to go. Danny had all the work last week. That's why we thought he came in and did pretty well.
“We'll see how Nate is. I think he'll be — again, to me, he was cleared to play, but I didn't think he was mobile enough to move around and extend some plays or protect himself. As we go through this week, we'll see. He did more last night at practice than any day last week, and he did half of Friday. We'll get Danny and Nate Boudreau ready and see where Zander sits.”
While Penn State boasts a terrific defense, Indiana’s offensive numbers without their stars were ugly. The Hoosiers scored just seven points and accumulated just 234 total yards. Diamont was 9-for-17 for 90 yards before his injury. Backup running back Devine Redding rushed 13 times for 32 yards in Howard’s absence.