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Big Ten Spring Preview: Indiana Hoosiers Offense

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Big Ten Spring Preview: Indiana Hoosiers Offense

2014-03-04 17:45:59

-by Sammy Jacobs, Contributing Writer; Image: Shane Wynn is a threat to go the distance as a receiver and a returner. (Image Source: AP Photo)

The Indiana Hoosiers are going to have to replace three of their top four leading receivers in Cody LatimerKofi Hughes, and tight end Ted Bolser, while also losing another career 1,000-yard receiver in Duwyce Wilson

The Hoosiers still have dynamo Shane Wynn (633 yards 11 TDs)former running back Isiah Roundtree (136 yards one TD) and speedster Nick Stoner (226 yards one TD) to step up into bigger roles. 

Indiana will also welcome in Dominique Booth, a 4-star recruit, to the corps of receivers and will be able to see what he brings to the table as an early enrollee. Another recruit who could have an instant impact in tight end Jordan Fuchs.  At 6’6”, Fuchs makes an ideal target for his quarterbacks. 

Replacing four 1,000-yard receivers will not be easy for new offensive coordinator Kevin Johns, but the Hoosiers do not have an empty cupboard.

Can the Hoosiers be consistently good in the up-tempo offense?

There is no doubt that the Hoosiers were good on offense averaging 38.4 points per game, but consistency became an issue on this side of the ball. The offense became too much of a boom or bust over the course of the 2013 season. If the Hoosiers were not scoring a touchdown they were punting the ball on a quick three and out. This is not a call for a change in tempo, because the Hoosiers do have something going with this fast paced attack, but the Hoosiers need to sustain more drives. 

Indiana does not have a great kicking game where they can pin opponents inside the 20-yard line, which makes it even more difficult for an already shaky defense to have a shot at being successful. Add in that the Hoosiers are so quick that their very thin defense has no time to catch their breath before being thrown back into action and that leads to a disaster. 

One way to improve in this area is to improve upon their third down conversions. The Hoosiers converted just 47% of those tries. If the offense can push this number to 55%, life will be a lot easier in Hoosier Country.

While the spring does not really give fans a true taste of what this offense can do, the play calling and situational calls should shed some light on if the Hoosiers can improve in this area.

 To Read More From Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com, click here

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