Sudfeld prepares for Bowling Green, starts secret handshakes

Beyond their skill and raw talent, there’s one thing Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld appreciates about his receiving corps.

They’re eager to learn.

Sudfeld is working closely with that group, texting his targets — especially the younger ones — and asking them to meet at the North End Zone early in the morning to put in some extra film work. Sudfeld wants to go through the tape together, showing his receivers what he’s seeing, while asking for input on where he can look to get them the ball.

“Stuff like that has been very helpful,” Sudfeld said. “We’re getting much more on the same page. Not just the young guys, though. The older guys, we still gotta in sync as well. Once we get in a rhythm as a passing game or as a team or an offense, we start to be pretty good and I get pretty excited about it. We just have to get rolling at the start and keep playing.”

Looking at Bowling Green (1-1), Sudfeld says the Falcons don’t play as aggressively with their corners and linebackers compared with last year’s group — perhaps a minor difference in philosophy between old and new coaching staffs.

Although it’s a small sample size, BG’s pass defense has been quite porous through two games. The Falcons have allowed 890 of the opposition’s 1,126 total yards through the air.

“They’re definitely a tough, scrappy team,” Sudfeld said. “We played them pretty well last year, but last year is in the past. We really prepared hard for them last year. They were a good team last year and they have a lot of guys coming back. We’re definitely taking them very serious and are preparing hard for them.”

Here’s something that’s completely unrelated to Sudfeld’s preparation for Bowling Green, but probably worth sharing anyway.

Did you know Sudfeld has a thing for handshakes? Not just handshakes, mind you, but secret shakes.

Indeed, he has about a dozen unique handshakes with different members of Indiana’s football team, including safety Mark Murphy, who finds it difficult to describe exactly how theirs works.

“We’ve done it so many times, we don’t even think about it anymore,” Murphy said.

Sudfeld says it started when defensive lineman Chris Cormier attempted to start a secret shake between the two. From there, others started asking, ‘Suddy, who don’t we have a handshake?’

It’s turned into something that happens naturally for Sudfeld and his crew.

“Everyone wants my handshake,” Sudfeld joked.