An Indiana spokesman confirmed that both Dusty Kiel and Ed Wright-Baker have left the program. The story for tomorrow’s paper follows.
For the past three seasons, the Indiana careers of Ed Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel followed almost the exact same path.
They both came to Bloomington after prolific careers in the Hoosiers Hills Conference. They both redshirted as true freshmen and spent their first two years as understudies to Ben Chappell, Indiana’s second all-time leading passer. They battled each other throughout their redshirt sophomore season with each holding the starting job and losing it to injury before first year coach Kevin Wilson settled on freshman Tre Roberson to start the last five games of the Hoosiers’ 1-11 season.
And now Wright-Baker and Kiel, who became close friends throughout their time with the Hoosiers, are leaving the team at the same time.
An athletic department spokesman confirmed reports Saturday night that both Wright-Baker and Kiel have left the football program. The spokesman did not say whether either would request a transfer. Attempts to reach both Wright-Baker and Kiel were unsuccessful.
There were whispers that Kiel might leave the program since his brother Gunner, the No. 1 rated pro-style quarterback in the nation in the Class of 2012, rescinded his commitment to Indiana in October. He recently committed to Louisiana State. Kiel appeared to be the favorite to win the starting job at the end of spring practice but Wright-Baker won the job in the preseason and started the first four games.
Wright-Baker injured his ankle against North Texas during the Hoosiers’ humiliating 24-21 loss to the Sun Belt conference squad on Sept. 24. Kiel entered that game and threw for 145 yards and two deep touchdowns to make the Hoosiers’ 24-21 loss slightly more interesting. Kiel started the next two games, losses to Penn State and Illinois, but suffered a high ankle sprain in the Illinois game. Wright-Baker was named the starter for the Wisconsin game, but completed just six of his 15 passes for just 54 yards in that game while being sacked twice and throwing two interceptions. Word of Gunner Kiel’s decommitment became public the following Friday, and that Saturday Wilson named Roberson the starter. The Hoosiers became more of a running team with the speedy freshman and posted most of their best offensive performances under Roberson.
Wright-Baker finished the season with 1,029 passing yards and four touchdowns and four interceptions. He completed 59.5 percent of his passes. Kiel completed 47.6 percent of his throws for 427 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Roberson is the only returning scholarship quarterback on the roster, with walk-on Nolan Dieter also coming back. Fifth-year senior Teddy Schell graduated and fourth-year junior Adam Follett elected not to return for a fifth year. The Hoosiers took a commitment Thursday from Cameron Coffman, a junior college quarterback from Arizona Western who will enroll for the spring semester and will be available for spring practice. The Hoosiers also hosted Nathan Sudfeld, a three-star high school quarterback from California, on a visit this weekend.