Tre Roberson, Tevin Coleman at top of first depth chart

(Video is from IUHoosiers.com)

Indiana released its first depth chart of the fall with a few notable shake-ups at some key positions. As expected, Tre Roberson is listed as the starting quarterback ahead of junior r transfer Cameron Coffman. Perhaps the most interesting development, however, is that freshman Tevin Coleman is listed ahead of incumbent starter Stephen Houston at tailback. Houston led the Hoosiers with 802 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season, but Wilson has noted his disappointment with Houston’s practice habits as of late and Coleman, one of the most highly recruited members of Indiana’s freshman Class of 2012, has been exceptional so far.

Freshman Jason Spriggs is listed as the starting left tackle. Freshman Dan Feeney is listed as an “or” option with left guard Bernard Taylor. Former walk-on John Lahinen is one of the biggest surprises on the defense and is listed as the starting right defensive end opposite Ryan Phillis.

The rest of the depth chart can be viewed here. But I will be typing it up in its entirety shortly.

UPDATE:

Offense

LT

78 Jason Spriggs, 6-7, 268, Fr./Fr.

57 Pete Bachman 6-5, 285 Jr./So

LG

73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 292 So./So. or

67 Dan Feeney, 6-4, 293, Fr./Fr.

C

60 Will Matte, 6-2, 292, Sr./5th

64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.

RG

64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.

76 Cody Evers, 6-4, 304, Jr./So.

RT

59 Peyton Eckert 6-6, 293, So./So.

77 Dimitric Camiel, 6-7, 295 Fr./Fr.

WR

1 Shane Wynn 5-7, 157, So./So.

14 Nick Stoner 6-1, 173 So./So.

WR

13 Kofi Hughes 6-2, 210 Jr./Jr.

81 Duwyce Wilson, 6-3, 195, Sr./Jr.

WR

3 Cody Latimer 6-3, 208, So./So.

84 Jamonne Chester 6-2, 210 Sr./Jr.

QB

5 Tre Roberson, 6-0, 190, So./So.

2 Cameron Coffman, 6-2, 191, So./So.

RB

6 Tevin Coleman 6-1, 200, Fr./Fr.

12 Stephen Houston, 6-0, 218, Sr./Jr.

20 D’Angelo Roberts 5-10, 195 So./So.

TE

83 Ted Bolser 6-6, 250 Sr./Jr.

85 Charles Love III 6-3, 240 Sr./5th

DEFENSE

LE

25 Ryan Phillis, 6-3, 261, Jr./So.

95 Bobby Richardson 6-3, 279, So./So.

DT

97 Larry Black Jr. 6-2, 294 Sr./5th

99 Adarius Rayner, 6-2, 292 So./Fr.

DT

98 Adam Replogle 6-3, 294, Sr./Sr.

75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 290 Sr./5th

RE

96 John Lahinen 6-4, 250, Jr./So.

33 Zack Shaw 6-3, 245, So./Fr.

SLB

34 Jacarri Alexander 6-1, 232, Sr./Jr.

49 Griffen Dahlstrom, 6-3, 226, Sr./Jr.

MLB

42 David Cooper, 6-1, 225, Jr./So.

55 Jake Michalek, 6-2, 242, Jr./So.

WLB

47 Chase Hoobler, 6-2, 242, Jr./So.

31 Jordan Wallace, 6-0, 229, Fr./Fr.

LCB

22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 180, So./So.

9 Greg Heban, 6-1, 191, Sr./Jr.

S

37 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 206, So./So.

19 Ryan Thompson, 5-10, 195, Jr./Jr.

S

8 Drew Hardin, 6-0, 208 Jr./So.

27 Alexander Webb, 6-0, 200, Sr./5th

RCB

23 Lawrence Barnett, 5-10, 187, Sr./Jr. or

6 Brian Williams, 6-0, 185, Jr./So.

Special Teams

K

16 Mitch Ewald 5-10, 173, Sr./Jr.

99 Nick Freeland, 6-0, 201 Sr./5th

P

7 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Sr./Jr.

93 Nick Campos 6-0, 182 Fr./Fr.

LS

91 Matt Dooley, 6-4, 257, So./So.

82 Sean Barrett 6-6, 200, Fr./Fr.

H

7 Mitchell Voss 5-11, 177 Sr./Jr.

2 Cameron Coffman 6-2, 191, So./So.

KR

1 Shane Wynn 5-7 157, So./So.

10 Ricky Jones, 5-10, 182, Fr./Fr.

PR

14 Nick Stoner, 6-1 173, So./So.

1 Shane Wynn 507, 157, So./So.

27 comments

  1. So is the demotion of Houston to second team a motivational ploy to get him to perform at a higher level? Did he come into camp thinking that all he had to do was throw his helmet out onto the field and he would earn the starting spot without having to put in the effort?

    I guess the positive is that Coleman, a true freshman appears ready to play. A testiment to Wilson elevating our recruting. In years past coaches would have had no choice but to play Houston because the drop off between the starter and the backup was so huge. That’s not the case anymore.

  2. Wow we are gonna have 2 beast running backs! If we land a few top 150 recruits we are gonna stand a chance in the BG10 in 1 or 2 years.

  3. A 1/3 of the starters Coleman, Laihinen, Latimer, Cooper, Wynn, Alexander, Mullen and Spriggs are either young/new possessing a KW attitude about effort.

  4. HC, I had exactly the same thought. Interesting, but not unusual implications to that number of starters being the young guys that Wilson and his staff have recruited. I just hope they avoid serious injury.

    And by the way, I think IU’s starting O-line is still a bit light for Big Ten Competition. None of the starters are listed as being over 300 pounds. Without having seen Wisconsin’s roster yet, I’ll bet IU gives up an average of 20 to 25 pounds a player when compared to their O-line (which I believe sets the size and quality standard in the Big Ten).

  5. Dustin-Any word if Levi Beckett the RS Frosh WR/QB is still on the team? Good kid from out of West Virginia>

  6. I believe you will be right. Strength will also be a Q, 5th year Sr. vs. 1st and 2nd year players. I do suspect we hold an edge in speed and our superb physical condition which will dictate stamina. I also think BSU is in trouble this year much like we were last year.

  7. Just looked up Wisconsin’s 2012 depth chart. Comparing the starting offensive linemen for the two teams, the difference in weight averages out to be 41 pounds per O-linemen. I think Wisconsin’s O-line is bigger than most NFL teams. Where do they get these guys? It must be all that cheese and sausage they grow up eating.

    Here’s how it breaks down. IU’s players are listed on the left, Wisconsin’s on the right:

    Tackle: 6-7, 268 vs 6-6, 317 (49 lbs)
    Tackle: 6-6, 293 vs 6-8, 342 (49 lbs)

    Guard: 6-2, 292 vs 6-5, 318 (26 lbs)
    Guard: 6-2, 278 vs 6-4, 313 (35 lbs)

    Center: 6-2, 292 vs 6-4, 338 (46 lbs)

    The good news is, in relative terms, IU’s defensive starters match up much better. And the size of IU’s starting linebackers is much improved over last year and they are actually bigger than Wisconsin’s linebackers. Progress!

  8. Here are the O-line starters with class/eligibility included. Wisconsin is starting two Sophomores, two Juniors and a Senior, so they’re pretty young too!

    Tackle: 6-7, 268 Fr/Fr vs 6-6, 317 SR/SR (49 lbs)
    Tackle: 6-6, 293 So/So vs 6-8, 342 Jr/Jr (49 lbs)

    Guard: 6-2, 292 So/So vs 6-5, 318 Jr/Jr (26 lbs)
    Guard: 6-2, 278 Jr/So vs 6-4, 313 So/So (35 lbs)

    Center: 6-2, 292 Sr/Sr vs 6-4, 338 Jr/Jr (46 lbs)

  9. Interesting after Laihinen red shirted his Frosh year Diersen never played him a lick last season and Coach Fabris has coached him to be a starter in the 1st game this year. This is the type of coaching that creates optimism for me. The rotation of the DE’s will be interesting to watch and will make a change on the D. Maybe Rayside catches fire soon too.

  10. I’m usually optimistic going into a new season that anything can happen, no different this year, but I just have a concern: A while back coach wilson referred to OL Charlie Chapman as “as good as any I had at OU”, but now that Chapman is out with consussion issues, possibly not to return, coach called Chapman’s replacement,”probably better than the injured guy anyway”. Well, I hope that’s true, but if not, that kind of “coach speak” worries me, for a couple of reasons. Did anyone else catch those comments, BTW?

  11. Actually, he was referring to Spriggs as the guy who was as good as any he had at OU. He meant as an incoming freshman, so he wasn’t saying that right now Spriggs is better than anyone he had at OU when he graduated. But as a freshmen, he’s further along at this point than anyone he had other than Trent Williams and Jamaal Brown.

  12. To underscore my concern that IU’s O-line is too small, or to be more specific, too light, I watched ESPN’s coverage of two top High School teams last night. The team from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, which is located in California and ranked #2 in the nation, has an O-line that weighs and average of 305 pounds. This High School team has three starters that weigh more than 325 pounds. These guys are huge, and they can play! All five starting O-linemen are heavier than IU’s “biggest” O-linemen! Each of the five starting O-linemen have committed to various BCS schools, including UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, etc.

    I have a hard time reconciling that IU’s O-line is, to a man, 15 to 40 pounds lighter than this High School’s O-line.

  13. Chris, you’re not the only person concerned about Coach Wilson’s comments about Chapman and Spriggs. I suggest you follow that debate that played out in the first 50 comments under the story titled, “Freshman competing for O-line spots, Heban suffers mild concussion…..” on the next page.

    Not sure exactly what your concern was, but mine was that Wilson volunteered some comments to the Media, on tape, that were a bit denigrating to Chapman. Not good for a head coach to use the media to criticize or diminish a player, especially a veteran left tackle who will be essential to the team’s success this year.

    Check out the debate on the next page of stories and weigh in with your own opinions.

  14. Cris, I believe that the statement about ‘being better than any two tackles at OU’ (coming in) was made about Spriggs. Dustin Dopirak also cleared that up with a post (11) in answer to your original statement (10). Hope it clears that up.. I think Wilson was simply giving a true evaluation about Spriggs. Personally, I consider that a plus in an age where we are overcome by ‘spin’ or shut out from knowing relevant information by the withholding or ‘shaping’ of information.

  15. Coach Wilson and staff just got 9th commit. Houston DT Jacobi Hunter, 6’1″-285 lb. Nice!

  16. HC, I really like the recruits coming in for the class of 2013. Not a huge class, but it may be one of the most talented groups recruited to IU in many, many years. Let’s hope we sign them all in February.

  17. Jimmy, good heavy players usually beat good light players. It’s simple physics. My concern is two-fold. First, I remember, earlier this year, Wilson saying that he wanted his team to get bigger and heavier, with the increased weight coming from muscle. Comparing the size of the 2012 O-line to last year’s O-line, it does not look like we have made much progress on that objective. IU’s defense is bigger, especially at linebacker, and that’s great. But I do not believe you will find too many BCS-conference football teams with an offensive line whose average weight is less than 300 pounds! I understand the need for well conditioned offensive players given Wilson’s no-huddle offense, but in order for that offensive philosophy to work, you must control time-of-possession, which requires an effective running game. And in order to have an effective running game, you need “road-graders” up front that can move defenders around.

    Dustin, is the information about the weight of IU’s players, as provided in this article, up-to-date, or could it be that the data provided to the media is from last year or from spring practice?

  18. Boys, I know the comments about Spriggs that you’re referencing, but TRUST ME, he daid similar things about Chapman, over a month ago it was. Now I’ll have to go back & find it which will take awhile, when I do I’ll show it to you. Furthermore, this is even more concerning if superlatives are thrown around according to the flavor of the day. I mean, a lot of people do that say that kind of crap, but it’s obviously disingenuous & just not my style. Anyhow, it will hopefully end up being irrelevant.

  19. I like seeing the young guys moving up. It always seemed like BL awarded PT based on seniority. The seniors could relax because it was their ‘turn’ to start.

  20. Po, I agree about 2013 recruits assessment. This staff aims higher.

    Chris, Chapman was hurt the 3rd day of Fall camp. If Coach Wilson praised him as you said it was during the Spring. I believe he has yet to be in full pads contact this Fall.

  21. Yesterday, I studied the entire 2012 IU Football roster for the first time. Wow, the Hoosiers are a very young team. We have nine seniors? The good news is that a lot of the young guys got some playing time last year and the malcontents are all gone. The bad news is that it’s going to take another two years before IU has strong senior leadership on the team.

    It made me think back to the roster that Mallory took over his first year and his approach to coaching the limited talent he inherited. As Mallory recently said, he could not afford to run off any of his players that first year because IU was very short handed. Wilson has obviously shown the door to a lot of players that did not want to embrace his philosophy and replaced them with freshman and JC recruits that are his type of players. And he seems to be demanding their best effort through pre-season camp.

    Let’s hope Wilson’s second year shows the same performance trajectory that Mallory achieved his second year and that these young guys don’t suffer too many severe injuries. If that can be accomplished, the future is very bright for IU football.

  22. I agree completely Po, and the last part of your post is what concerns me the most: Much like in Mallory’s situ, we also don’t figure to have the luxury of being able to affor running players off, & yet we’ve done it. This season will be telling. We’ll know if we’re headed in the right direction very soon. It’s risky, at the very least, to take the “my way or the highway” stance with a program in the shape that we’re in, but if in a couple of years if it’s proven that Wilson knew what he was doing & his style becomes effective, we’ll have struck gold. I’m scared but I have to trust. I imagine I’m brainwashed into pessimism considering our tradition of failure(that is very difficult for me to say, but I’m a realist & honest about it), yet, as I always have, I believe that 1 day

  23. I agree completely Po, and the last part of your post is what concerns me the most: Much like in Mallory’s situ, we also don’t figure to have the luxury of being able to affor running players off, & yet we’ve done it. This season will be telling. We’ll know if we’re headed in the right direction very soon. It’s risky, at the very least, to take the “my way or the highway” stance with a program in the shape that we’re in, but if in a couple of years if it’s proven that Wilson knew what he was doing & his style becomes effective, we’ll have struck gold. I’m scared but I have to trust. I imagine I’m brainwashed into pessimism considering our tradition of failure(that is very difficult for me to say, but I’m a realist & honest about it), yet, as I always have, I believe that 1 day, someday, we will go to Pasadena.

  24. Chris, keep in mind that Wilson, with a seven year contract from Glass, has a lot more time at IU than many coaches have. Glass knew this was a reclamation project. Wilson also benefits from very low expectations during his first two or three years. So he can take the risk of cutting the deadwood out of the program in the first year, replacing them with freshmen that possess higher upside, and then coaching them up to quality Big Ten talent, and navigating through the difficult process of changing the culture of IU football. It’s a huge undertaking.

  25. Much like in Mallory’s situ, we also don’t figure to have the luxury of being able to affor running players off, & yet we’ve done it.

    If he keeps running players off like that Wilson will reach a final four long before Crean does.

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