The spring workouts are in the books, and the long offseason has arrived. But before diving into summer and the painful wait for football to return, we’re taking a look back at the developments from March and April and sneaking a peek at what to expect in the fall for Indiana.
Three things we learned in the spring
Moving to the 3-4 defense: Brian Knorr has taken over as defensive coordinator, and he's bringing along his philosophy from Wake Forest. The Hoosiers and Badgers are now the only Big Ten teams to run the 3-4 defense, and Indiana has switch some players' positions as a result.
WR Shane Wynn is stepping up: With the departures of Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes, the Hoosiers moved Wynn to the outside, hoping he'd make up for some of the lost production. Thanks to his speed, the adjustment seems to be going well. He had five catches for 141 yards in the spring game.
The offense once again looks strong: Running back Tevin Coleman had a breakout 2013 season, and he wants to be "the leading rusher in the Big Ten." That's a tall order, but he's looked good this spring and the offensive line is pretty solid. IU had the No. 2 offense in the conference last season, and the Hoosiers showed this spring that they likely won't stray too far from that ranking.
Three questions for the fall
Who gets the most snaps under center?: Even head coach Kevin Wilson doesn't know who will end up with more playing time: pocket passer Nate Sudfeld or dual threat Tre Roberson. The two will likely split time again this season, and there's no telling who will start when. This is one of the more unique QB battles in the Big Ten, but both players obviously are talented.
Special teams: Gone is four-year starting kicker Mitch Ewald, Indiana's all-time leader in field goals (53), field goal percentage (80.3 percent) and extra points (161). Indiana will have to find a replacement among three redshirt freshman walk-ons, but that's not the only question on special teams. IU also needs improved play from its punters.
Will this defense ever even reach "average?" The Hoosiers allowed 38.8 points per game last season, and they've been a defensive doormat for what seems like ages. Since 2008, Indiana has allowed at least 34 point per game in all but one season (2009: 29.5 ppg). Indiana lost only safety Greg Heban over the offseason. Can the Hoosiers finally find some semblance of success here?
One way-too-early prediction
The defense finally takes a step in the right direction. It can't get much worse after all, and Knorr seems like the right man for the job. After spending the past few seasons regressing, Indiana finally improves this fall. It still won't be a good defense -- but it will be a better defense.