Coffman transfer headlines IU football roster changes

5 comments by   |   Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm EDT

Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson provided an update on the Hoosiers and their roster, as seen above, Wednesday afternoon. Most notably, quarterback Cameron Coffman will be transferring after spending the 2013 season behind co-starters Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld.

Also transferring is redshirt freshman linebacker Jordan Wallace of Warren Central (Indianapolis).

Defensive end John Laihinen and cornerback Brian Williams are graduating instead of staying for a fifth year.

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5 comments:
#1
Podunker
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 5:07 PM EDT

Coffman transferring makes total sense. No way he gets any playing time with Tre and Nate ahead of him. And, I think we have a good freshman coming in next fall.

Anyone have a clue as to whether Wallace’s transfer and the graduation of Laihinen and Williams was encouraged or seen as a loss by Wilson? My guess is that he orchestrated those decisions.

 
#2 Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 6:42 PM EDT

I wouldn’t guess he pushed it, but I wouldn’t guess he’s devastated either. Laihinen was a walk-on and earned a scholarship and ended up with 4.5 sacks this year, which was the most on the team. Obviously doesn’t have the upside as, say, David Kenney, and I’m sure the fact that his strongest advocate, Fabris, is gone doesn’t help, but I don’t think you like to lose overachievers like him. Wallace, I’m not sure. He was pretty highly recruited, and he was also one of those kids that was impossible to dislike. When he says on the video that he’s a great kid, he really means it. As for Williams, there’s not a lot bad to say about him, but he also wasn’t going to play. He got beat out by Bennett and Hunter and Mullen after starting last year, and with Fant about to be eligible, I’m not sure Wilson saw him making an impact as a fifth-year guy, but Williams might have also seen the writing on the wall.

 
#3
Hoosier Clarion
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:55 PM EDT

More scholarships=more recruiting. Something maybe on the radar.

 
#4
Podunker
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:17 PM EDT

It’s all about creating competition and pushing each other to be better. It sounds tough, but the better programs have a lot of transfers as kids realize they’re not going to play. If you’re not going to play, it’s a ton of work and risk of injury for being a spectator during games and a tackling dummy during practice. Why not transfer to a school where you get to enjoy playing in the games?

 
#5
BeatPurdue
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:22 PM EDT

Does anyone know how Wallace actually performed in practice and his limited game time while at IU. Also about his performance in the classroom and as a citizen/rep for the university? He was a prized recruit. Why couldn’t he play, especially with the D being SO ineffective? I would think that the D coaches would have really tried every option to put different players on the field, even if it meant a position change, like LB switch to Safety.

 


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