IU quarterback Tre Roberson back in the swing of things
By ANDY PROFFET Post-Tribune correspondent March 5, 2013 8:22PM
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BLOOMINGTON — His coaches acknowledge that Tre Roberson has some rust to knock off.
But Indiana’s standout quarterback is back on the field as spring practice is underway for the Hoosiers.
“He’s doing well,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said Sunday, IU’s second day of spring practice. “He’s had zero limitations of workouts, so he does all the lifting, does all the running. I think the more he does, the stronger he gets, the more confident he gets.
“He’s not quite full speed, and I think if we were playing, they wouldn’t want him to get hit right now.”
Roberson began last season, his sophomore year, as IU’s starting quarterback. He threw for 368 yards and ran for 133 more before breaking his leg in the Hoosiers’ second game, at Massachusetts.
He missed the rest of the season, opening the door for junior college transfer Cameron Coffman to throw for 2,734 yards in 11 games. Freshman Nate Sudfeld also saw playing time with Roberson sidelined.
The expectation, though, is that Roberson will once again be the Hoosiers’ starter when they open the season on Aug. 29 against Indiana State.
“I think all three of them have had good practices,” offensive coordinator Seth Littrell said of his quarterbacks. “Most important thing is watching Tre get out there and throw it around; that’s been exciting for me.”
Littrell knows last year was tough on Roberson.
“But he’s bounced back,” he said. “Obviously he’s got to knock some rust off, he hasn’t been in the speed of the game in a while.”
But Roberson spent much of last season in the press box alongside Littrell, giving him a better perspective on what the coaches want from their quarterback.
“I think it really helped him as a football player last year, almost being on the coaching side of things,” Littrell said.
Littrell has seen the improvement in Coffman and Sudfeld as well.
“Timing’s been pretty good,” Littrell said. “I think a lot of that is due to the fact those guys have been working extremely hard on their own. And you can tell that the first day you walk out here.
“There weren’t a ton of drops, the crispness of the routes, the timings, the spacing. You’re not out here teaching a lot of where to line up, they’re out there playing pretty fast.”
While the quarterback situation may be settled, there’s a question at center, where Collin Rahrig is expected to step in for the graduated Will Matte.
“We’ve got a few guys in at that position right now battling it out,” Littrell said. “We’re going to see who can handle it.
“That was obviously a big loss for us because Matte brought a lot of leadership. We’ve got to make sure other guys up on the O-line step up and they take that leadership role. And I think there are a number of guys who are stepping up and doing that.”