Roberson listed as starter on depth chart

Not that it’s much of a surprise — and not that Monday depth charts have been proven to mean much — but freshman Tre Roberson is listed as the starting quarterback on this week’s Indiana football depth chart after strong performance in a loss in his first collegiate start.

In other depth chart news, freshman wide receiver Cody Latimer is listed as a starter ahead of senior Damarlo Belcher, who missed Saturday’s game at Iowa after reaggravating a bone bruise in his knee. Senior Max Dedmond is listed as a starter ahead of sophomore Ted Bolser at tight end. Center Will Matte is still listed as the starter at center after missing Saturday’s game with a knee sprain. Cornerback Michael Hunter and safety Alexander Webb are still listed as starters ahead of Lawrence Barnett and Drew Hardin respectively. Also, defensive tackle Mick Mentzer is back on the depth chart after missing several games following knee surgery.

The full depth chart follows.

OFFENSE
LT
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 285, Sr./5th
74 Charlie Chapman, 6-6, 292, Jr./So.
LG
73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 278, Fr./Fr.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-7, 285, Sr./Jr.
C
60 Will Matte, 6-2, 282, Sr./Jr.
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 263, So./Fr.
RG
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 263, So./Fr.
76 Cody Evers, 6-4, 310, So./Fr.
RT
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 294, Sr./Sr.
59 Peyton Eckert, 6-6, 295, Fr./Fr.
WR
3 Cody Latimer, 6-3, 208, Fr./Fr.
88 Damarlo Belcher, 6-5, 213, Sr./Sr.
WR
13 Kofi Hughes, 6-2, 205, So./So.
82 Dre Muhammad, 5-10, 180, Sr./5th
WR
81 Duwyce Wilson, 6-3, 196, Jr./So.
84 Jamonne Chester, 6-2, 199, Jr./So.
QB
5 Tre Roberson, 6-0, 184, Fr./Fr.
7 Edward Wright-Baker, 6-1, 220, Jr./So.
RB
12 Stephen Houston, 6-0, 228, Jr./So.
20 D’Angelo Roberts, 5-10, 187, Fr./Fr.
TE
41 Max Dedmond, 6-5, 250, Sr./5th
83 Ted Bolser, 6-6, 245, Jr./So.
DEFENSE
LE
95 Bobby Richardson, 6-3, 263, Fr./Fr.
94 Javon Cornley, 6-5, 235, Jr./So.
DT
97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 305, Sr./Jr.
69 Mick Mentzer, 6-4, 305, Sr./Jr.
DT
98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 290, Jr./Jr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 291, Sr./Jr.
RE
44 Darius Johnson, 6-0, 243, Sr./5th
25 Ryan Phillis, 6-3, 244, So./Fr.
WLB
48 Leon Beckum, 5-11, 213, Sr./5th
39 Brandon McGhee, 6-1, 226, Sr./5th
MLB
53 Jeff Thomas, 6-1, 239, Sr./5th
46 Mike Replogle, 6-2, 221, Fr./Fr.
SLB
47 Chase Hoobler, 6-2, 232, So./Fr.
39 Brandon McGhee, 6-1, 226, Sr./5th
LCB
9 Greg Heban, 6-1, 186, Jr./So.
22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 166, Fr./Fr.
S
37 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 202, Fr./Fr.
4 Forisse “Flo” Hardin, 6-1, 198, Fr./Fr.
S
27 Alexander Webb, 6-0, 193, Sr./Jr.
8 Drew Hardin, 6-0, 200, So./Fr.
RCB
17 Michael Hunter, 6-1, 170, Fr./Fr.
23 Lawrence Barnett, 5-10, 191, Jr./So.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
16 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 174, Jr./So.
9 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Jr./So.
P
18 Adam Pines, 6-0, 184, Sr./Jr.
9 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Jr./So.
LS
91 Matt Dooley, 6-4, 251, Fr./Fr.
67 Zackary Young, 6-6, 267, Jr./Jr.
H
17 Teddy Schell, 6-5, 230, Sr./5th
18 Adam Pines, 6-0, 184, Sr./Jr.
KR
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 153, Fr./Fr.
22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 166, Fr./Fr.
PR
14 Nick Stoner, 6-1, 167, Fr./Fr.
82 Dre Muhammad, 5-10, 180, Sr./5th

14 comments

  1. I assume these depth charts are done by the media department solely for the weekly media notes by taking who started the previous game and then factoring into account injury status (who got hurt and who is expected to return) and without any coaches input….do we know if this is correct?

  2. There is some coach input. I’m not exactly sure how much or how seriously they take it, as it obviously isn’t gospel for who will be out there by Saturday. But I believe coaches at least have to approve it. For instance, Alexander Webb crept on the depth chart a few weeks ago for the first time before starting this week. The SID’s would’ve had no reason to suspect that was coming without input from the coaches.

  3. Tre Roberson should be a fixture as IU’s starter for the remainder of the year unless injured. It’s time the QB carousel stop.

  4. Podunker is right in his post at the end of an earlier thread about naming a starter and giving him confidence. Is it just coincidence that we get some good QB play the same week Kiel decommits? Maybe personnel didn’t (subconsciously) see a reason to put forth their best ’cause everyone was dreading (players) or praying (coaches) for the Knight of Columbus to show up next year.

  5. Maybe. I can’t say for sure that I wouldn’t be put off my game if I knew that I was going to be yesterday’s news in a few months.

    Chet, would it have an effect on you and your job performance if you knew that, in the very near future, some hot-shot person, whom everyone assumed would be taking over your job, would be walking into your office (or wherever it is that you work)? Maybe you’d be thinking about transferring to the wide receiver dept.? Or even another company? Maybe you could block it out of your mind, but then again, could things slip a litte because you were distracted and had real cause for concern about your future employment status?

    I did write “coincidence,” “maybe,” and “subconsciously.” It seems only human that the IU QBs might have been performing at less than 100% given that they were all staring at the bench for next year. And now that they’ve been given a reprieve, they might be a little looser and reinvigorated.

  6. davis; the news about Gunner committing might have had an effect on Tre, but probably not much on EWB. Of course we know his brother Dusty was all for his younger brother coming to IU. But honestly, my guess is that Tre had more immediate things to worry about, like learning the plays and trying to get on the field. Young QB’s heads are spinning for their first year as they try to learn so much new stuff and meet much higher expectations. My guess is that Tre just wanted to know that he was going to get a fair shot and a chance to prove himself.

    Wilson said from the very beginning of spring practice that he liked Tre’s confidence and the swagger he had. My guess is that as the former Indiana Mr. Football, he was not overly worried about Gunner Kiel and next year. And as a freshman, he did not have time to think about it much. He’s a very busy young man these days.

  7. When I was 18 the last thing I could have done is to decipher the consequences of the actions of people I did not know.

  8. I think generally the regular posters are of the idea that Wilson is doing exactly what we hoped he would do, and going about it (including selecting a QB) according to his vision and his plan. He was open immediately about what he saw in EWB, and later open about his concern for EWB ‘nervous’ play. The older Kiel gave him adequate skills and greater calm, while Roberson (and Wilson was clear and open on this) needed learning and seasoning.

    I was struck by DD’s comment in one of his stories about Tre spending a lot of time watching tape and learning ‘beyond the required”. Only 2-3 weeks ago Wilson had complained about his perception that the QB’s were not doing this. And, his sense that he would wait and see who “took” the job. If you look at this sequence you see the evidence that things are changing radically.

    And, the tone of the blogs (besides those who seem to be in acute need of their security blankets)is one of trusting the road taken.

    Trusting Wilson to deal with the Tre v the other candidates, playing time, sequence and speed of learning, future deployments, etc are all part of the job we’ve entrusted to Wilson. We can discuss and comment…but who he selects, how it is handled etc needs to stay in Wilson’s hands with a minimum of our ‘expertise’.

  9. Podunker, you may very well be right about Tre. Chet, I’m fifty-three, and a lot of the time still can’t figure out why the heck other people do what they do! My comment was not meant to question the spirit of anybody. But I think it’s fair to figure that there must have been emotional/psychological/performance effects on these lads who 1) sign on to a program with the idea that they will be “the man” when their time comes, 2) learn that they probably won’t (or at least everyone is behaving as if they won’t) be “the man,” and 3) learn that “the replacement-man” is no longer likely to be replacing them.

    And no matter what people say about the fact that IU had an inside angle for recruiting Gunner on account of the family connection via Dusty, the idea of brothers competing for the same spot always struck me as a recipe for disharmony- and not necessarily between the siblings. Does Dusty get the start so as not offend Gunner? That thought probably had to cross the craniums of Tre and Baker-Wright. Again, I’m not trying to slight anyone, but it just seems reasonable speculation. Emphasis on “speculation.” But not unreasonable.

  10. I think that the fact that Dusty fell to #3 on the depth chart speaks volumes about Wilson’s character.

  11. Chet- I’m not sure about “character,” but I agree that Dusty falling to three on the depth chart discounts any theory that the fix was in (and thus speaks positively about KW’s conduct). To be clear, I didn’t advocate that Dusty getting the starting job as a sop to Gunner was actually the plot, but it certainly could have crossed the mind of some of the players. And who knows- maybe KW even considered Dusty to be number two, not three, but put him at three to quash any thoughts in the brains of Tre and Baker-Wright that the fix was, indeed, in place!

    By now I probably should refer everyone to my web-site that argues that NASA never landed men on the moon, that Elvis is working at a K-Mart in Kalamazoo, and that George Washington was an alien! (Although I guess he was, considering that he was not born in the United States.) Seriously though, we are all speculators about what is really going on with the program and are thus merely theorizing regarding almost everything about which we write- so although some of the ideas we put out there are bound to be way off-base, the entirety of them is certainly interesting, amusing, and often enlightening. As they say in the criminal courts, “thanks for playing the game!”

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