QBs Kiel, Wright-Baker leaving Indiana
By Andy Proffett Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2012 11:13PM
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Updated: January 15, 2012 11:21PM
Indiana’s football team will have new backup quarterbacks next season after two former starters officially left the program.
Edward Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel each started games last season for the 1-11 Hoosiers, but true freshman Tre Roberson ended the season as Indiana’s starting quarterback as Wright-Baker and Kiel each battled injuries and ineffective play.
In six games, Wright-Baker completed 59.5 percent of his passes for a team-high 1,029 yards, with 4 TDs and 4 INTs. Kiel, like Wright-Baker a redshirt sophomore, completed 47.6 percent of his passes for 427 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT in four games.
Kiel’s younger brother, Gunner, rated the top pro-style quarterback in the nation, verbally committed to Indiana before the season but rescinded his commitment in October and this month chose LSU.
The departures leave Roberson, the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football, as the only scholarship quarterback on the Hoosiers’ roster, as fifth-year senior Teddy Schell had graduated and fourth-year junior Adam Follett chose not to pursue a fifth year of eligibility — although Follett and Schell were still listed on the roster on the Indiana web site Sunday night, while Kiel and Wright-Baker were not.
The Hoosiers also return redshirt freshman quarterback Nolan Dieter from South Bend Washington. Cameron Coffman, a junior college quarterback, committed last Thursday and is expected to be available for spring practice.