#89 Indiana Football 2012 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers

2012 Overall Rank: #89
# 11 Big Ten Conference
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The Hoosiers regressed despite being under the new leadership of Kevin Wilson. They only managed to win one game. However, their offense did show signs of life, which can give them hope heading into the 2012 campaign. They have many young pieces so the future still holds promise for the Hoosiers.

2011 Record: (1-11, 0-8)
2011 Bowl: None
Coach: Kevin Wilson
Offensive Coordinator: Seth Littrell
Defensive Coordinator: Doug Mallory, Mike Ekeler (Co defensive coordinators)

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Stephen Houston, RB, 833 yards
Passing: Tre Roberson, QB, 937 yards
Receiving: Kofi Hughes, WR, 536 yards
Tackles: Jeff Thomas, LB, 80
Sacks: Adam Replogle, DT, 4
Interceptions: Greg Heban, CB, 2

Other Key Returnees: S Mark Murphy, QB Dusty Kiel, WR Shane Wynn

Key Losses: QB Edwin Wright-Baker, WR Dre Muhammad

The Hoosiers had some offensive firepower a season ago, especially in the running game. They were led by a dangerous combination of running back Stephen Houston and dual threat quarterback Tre Roberson. Both will be returning this season and should be even better, meaning their running game should be at full force again this year. The running game will be the key to their offensive success  because it can take the pressure off of Tre Roberson in the passing game, which ranked  5th in the Big Ten last year. Their offense is going to have to continue to pile up yards and light up the scoreboard if they are going to hang with the competition in the Big Ten because their defense is awful.

The major reason that Indiana only emerged victorious one time all season, against South Carolina State, is because their defense was dreadful. Their defense ranked dead last in the Big Ten in all major statistical categories, rushing defense, total defense, and scoring defense. They are returning many of their key players, who all should progress into better players, but the outlook is still bleak for the Hoosiers defense. They were also unable to generate pressure, ranking 91st in the nation and 11th in the Big Ten. This was a major contributor to their inability to break the rhythm of offenses and allowing teams to complete passes on a regular basis, as they ranked last in passing efficiency defense.  The defense must be improved for Indiana to become more competitive.  

The Bottom Line:
The Hoosiers will once again find themselves near the bottom of the Big Ten Conference. They have a good rushing attack, like most teams in the Big Ten, and a good passing attack relative to their competition. They do, however, need to improve their offensive line as they allowed over two sacks per game last season. If they can cut down the amount of sacks they should be able to score more points. Their defense also needs to be improved in all areas of the game or it will be another long season for the Hoosiers.

Projected Bowl: None

2011 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 161.00 (53rd in the nation, 9th in conference)
Passing Offense: 199.42 (80, 5)
Total Offense: 360.42 (83, 8)
Scoring Offense: 21.42 (101, 10)
Rushing Defense: 243.67 (118, 12)
Pass Defense: 215.00 (47, 8)
Total Defense: 458.67 (109, 12)
Scoring Defense: 37.33 (114, 12)
Turnover Margin: -.17 (78, 10)
Sacks: 1.50 (91, 11)
Sacks Allowed: 2.58 (96, 9)