Sudfeld expected to be ready, but limited for spring ball #iufb

Kevin Wilson arrived early to Saturday’s basketball game against Ohio State to meet with reporters for the first time since Indiana’s win in the Old Oaken Bucket Game in late November.

For the Indiana football coach, it was a chance to update the status of the program after securing three transfers from UAB and watching his latest recruiting class climb as high as the No. 6 spot in the Big Ten.

But Wilson touched on a few other topics Saturday morning, confirming that quarterback Nate Sudfeld is expected to be ready to return to the field for Indiana’s spring practices in a few weeks. Sudfeld will be able to practice, Wilson said, but he’ll still be limited in contact situations after undergoing surgery to repair a separated shoulder in October.

For Sudfeld and Indiana, that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering that quarterbacks typically don’t take hits during the spring season.

“He’ll be limited,” Wilson said. “They’re not gonna be able to contact, but we don’t contact quarterbacks. There’s a point in time where it may be almost like they look like they always look because they have that blue jersey on.”

Wilson added that backup Chris Covington is also expected to be available, but will be limited with his mobility after underdoing surgery to repair a torn ACL.

“For Chris, from a running standpoint, it might be like he can only pocket throw and don’t get him running around,” Wilson said. “But I think Nate’s already throwing some. His issue is gonna be that on one side he’s gonna be able to lift and do a lot, the other side he’s not with the development and the atrophy. He called me two days ago and said he’s been working out with what he can do. He feels OK. He can be limited in workouts, but he’ll be doing everything within limitations of, OK, today you cannot bench, but you can do this exercise. So he won’t be on his own.”

Other than Sudfeld and Covington, sophomore lineman Jacob Bailey is the only Hoosier dealing with a significant injury at the moment. Bailey has a knee issue that Wilson says will limit him through the spring. The IU coach added that freshman running back Tommy Mister, who missed the season with a knee injury, is a full-go for the spring and the rest of Indiana’s offseason workouts.

For the football team, the spring semester technically starts Sunday. Players are beginning to filter back to Bloomington, where they’ll have a team meeting Sunday night to prepare for the offseason program.

Looking back on the fall, Wilson said he had 55 players finish with a 3.0 grade point average, while the team’s GPA was just over 2.8. Running back Tevin Coleman finished with four B’s and one A, while safety Antonio Allen ended strong with a 3.55 GPA.

“That’s all part of a winning culture,” Wilson said.

Wilson also talked at length about the additions of former UAB running back Jordan Howard, receiver Marquis Hawkins and walk-on Kyree Hollis, a receiver who joined the program this week.

We’ll have more on those three additions, including their comments, on HeraldTimesOnline.com on Sunday.

2 comments

  1. Good news. I hope Nate, CC and Mr. Mister (couldn’t help myself) are fully recovered going into fall camp. This program needs these guys healthy to take the next step. The program is moving closer and closer to breaking through. I will be in town for the Spring game to observe the development. A culture change is happening before our very eyes. Keep up the great recruiting CKW and staff…I Believe. Go Hoosiers!!!

  2. And speaking of IU QBs, former QB Tre had 316 total yds. in the FBS championship game, but lost to N. Dakota St. on NDSU’s last minute TD drive. Maybe he and Ill. State can win it next year.

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