Johns: Sudfeld getting better; still no winner at QB2

Nate Sudfeld walked into the North End Zone facility at 9 o’clock Monday morning, ready to work.

Sudfeld doesn’t have classes on Monday this semester and, rather than catch some extra sleep, he came over to Memorial Stadium to put in some extra time in the film room. It’s another positive check mark for Sudfeld’s development as a quarterback and a leader.

Offensive coordinator said that Sudfeld entered preseason camp in “OK” shape, but wasn’t his best. In the last month, Sudfeld has made strides in many departments, work ethic included.

“The best thing about Kevin Wilson coming to Indiana from Oklahoma is that he had a chance to watch the best players in the country go to work. Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson and some of those guys. Sometimes, as a kid, they think they’re working hard, but the really don’t know what to compare it to. … I think (Nate) is getting it. He’s been here since 9 o’clock this morning. So, I think his maturity level has increased in that area. I’m sure as we go through the season, it will continue to progress and grow the way we need it to.”

Sudfeld has had the clear and obvious grip of the starting job since Tre Roberson transferred this spring. Meanwhile, the backup gig is still in the air and up for grabs between Zander Diamont and Nate Boudreau.

Diamont was a Rivals three-star prospect coming out of Venice, Calif. He’s mobile and can make plays on the run, but at 175 pounds, he could stand to put on some muscle. Boudreau joined the program as a walk-on in 2012. Johns said both players have had good and bad days, and that Wilson has yet to make a call.

“I think coach will go with his gut feeling when it comes time to make that decision,” Johns said. “Nate Boudreau has played before, Diamont has a redshirt year available, if we wanted to use it. Right now, those guys battle every single day and they’re still learning and growing so much that. I don’t know that they’re on Nate Sudfeld’s level yet with reads and progressions. We’re still trying to slow things down to make sure they get the base schemes and concepts, and can execute at the tempo we want them to.”