Last season, its first under Head Coach Kevin Wilson, Indiana University’s football team won all of one game – a 17 point victory over FCS South Carolina State. Sadly for Hoosier fans, the 2012 season doesn’t hold much more promise. Potential NFL players on this roster are scarce, and only a few are draft eligible. Here’s a quick look, with underclassmen designated with an asterisk…
Adam Replogle DT 6’3 294 – As a freshman out of Centerville, Ohio, Replogle saw the field immediately for the Hoosiers and started 11 of team’s 12 games in 2009. That season he finished third on the team with four sacks, and added five tackles for loss. Last season, as a junior, Replogle set career highs with 49 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and tied his career high with four sacks. He is an average athlete with a non-stop motor, who is well respected by teammates. With that being said, while he is one of the Hoosiers’ better defensive players, he is likely no more than a tryout-level NFL prospect at this time.
Duwyce Wilson* WR 6’3 195 – After redshirting in 2009, Wilson hauled in 32 passes, gained 488 yards, and led he team with 15.3 yards per reception in 2010. Last season, Wilson got off to a hot start with 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s first three games. He caught just six passes over the next six games before a knee injury ended his season. Wilson’s a tall receiver with good speed. He has two years of eligibility remaining, so it will be interesting to see if he can regain some of the promise he showed as a freshman.
Kofi Hughes* WR 6’2 210 – Hughes was a high school quarterback who’s been used as an “athlete” during his first two seasons with the Hoosiers. As a freshman he caught seven passes and covered punts and kickoffs. Last season, Hughes led the team with 35 catches, 536 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns, and a 15.3 yards per catch average. This included a breakout performance against Ohio State in which he caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Hughes was occasionally used in the Wildcat as well, and added 162 yards rushing on the season. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, they’ll be without their top offensive weapon for the season opener, as Hughes serves a one game suspension for a violation of team rules. Like Wilson, Hughes has two years of eligibility remaining and is unlikely to declare for the draft after this season.
Also keep an eye on: Larry Black Jr. DT 6’2 310, Will Matte C 6’2 292, Nicholas Sliger DT 6’3 293, Stephen Houston* RB 6’0 218