BLOOMINGTON — It’s only one game, but Indiana’s decision to go with more than one quarterback is looking pretty good.
Even if the guy who started wasn’t the one Kevin Wilson expected to go with.
“I actually voted for someone else and got vetoed,” Wilson said after the Hoosiers’ 73-35 win over Indiana State in Thursday’s season opener.
Tre Roberson, who began last season as the Hoosiers’ starter before a broken leg ended his season in Week 2, got the start again this season against the Sycamores. He had been competing with Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld for the starting job.
Going into Thursday’s game, Wilson had said it was a dead heat between the three as to who would start. He expected to use all three quarterbacks against Indiana State, and perhaps throughout the season.
“We didn’t really decide until this morning (who would start),” Wilson said.
The IU coaches wouldn’t allow any of the quarterbacks to be tackled during practices this fall. So Wilson and his staff thought that Roberson, whose strength lies in his scrambling ability, might have been “playing a little bit with his hands tied.”
“The other thing, I think it was a little sentimental. Guy worked hard to come back,” Wilson said.
So Roberson got the start. But he didn’t last long, leaving the game after four drives after hurting his ribs.
The injury isn’t expected to sideline him for long — “I could go out and play right now if I had to,” Roberson said — but the way the game played out kept him from coming back in.
A 34-yard Tevin Coleman touchdown run capped Roberson’s final drive and gave IU a 21-7 lead. Sudfeld came in and threw touchdown passes on his first two attempts of the game.