More preseason honors arrive for Howard, Sudfeld

Nate Sudfeld has already received preseason recognition for his impact as Indiana’s quarterback. Now, new running back Jordan Howard is receiving praise, too.

On Thursday, Howard was named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back. Howard’s nomination comes a year after former IU running back Tevin Coleman was selected as a finalist.

It also comes a day after Sudfeld picked up another preseason nod, joining the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which serves as a community service award for college football. Sudfeld was previously named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

Howard, who missed much of spring practice with a hyperextended elbow, is expected to be the Hoosiers’ starting running back come the fall. The UAB transfer ranks second nationally among active running backs with 451 attempts and 107.3 rushing yards per game since the start of 2013. Howard was a First Team All-Conference USA honoree last season after rushing for a UAB single-season record 1,587 yards on 306 carries with 13 touchdowns. Those numbers were good for seventh nationally with 132.3 rushing yards per contest.

On Nov. 18, 10 semifinalists will be named before a trio of finalists are revealed on Nov. 24.

IU right guard Dan Feeney has also been the recipient of preseason hype, having been named to the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award.


  1. It is good to see IU players get recognized. It should help out with recruiting as better players can see they will get noticed nationally if they come to IU.

  2. Have read some good things as to NS’s performance/participation at the Manning Family Passing Academy. Cody Latimer talked to PM after the event was over and said Peyton stated he really liked Nate’s skills and Manning is not easily impressed. In the Saturday night Air-It-Out QB competition at the end of the camp NS was 2nd only to Baylors Seth Russell who won the top honor.of arm strength and accuracy. A 2nd place competing against 38 of the top college QB’s in the nation. Another positive will be a benefit to IU from this camp is there were 1250 HS QB’s there who were broke into groups and instructed by the 39 college QB’s during the time there. Nate through his high level instruction work was 1 of a few chosen QB’s to have a private work out and Q&A session with Peyton and Eli. WOW! NS’s performance produced great PR for future recruiting of any of these young HS QB’s. No wonder he is so impressive as to be 1 of the 2 speakers at the B1G Media Day. I am puzzled as to why nothing on the blog has been printed about this performance by a top notch IU player.

  3. Two comments: 1) Great post, HC. Thanks. 2) IU has a pretty good Offensive tackle too. I’m surprised that he has not yet received any pre-season recognition.

  4. Congratulation goes out to Nate Sudefield,for being nominated to the Maxwell Award watch list and the Wuerffel Trophy watch list….he has really develop into a good QB over the three years..hopefully he can become an elite QB this year and prove that Kevin Wilson can and does develop pro QB….hopefully Nate has a great year and gets drafted.

  5. HC, great post and like you I wonder why more blogs and sport stories haven’t brought up Nate’s performance at the Manning camp. I agree it could be a great recruiting camp as HS QBs got to see how good IU’s QB performed and will consider IU as one of their top schools to consider. This is one of the positive things happening to IU football. Nate will be surrounded by good players this year as they added one of the top RBs and also one of the best JC receivers. With the way the defense finished up the last half of the year I am looking forward to having a solid defense to go with a great offense.

  6. Great news today in the world of Hoosier Sports. Just read that former Olympic gold medalist, ‘the Russian Rocket’, has agreed to an assistant coaching job for the men’s swim team.

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