What You Need To Know About The Indiana Offense
– With Mike DeBord coming in as the offensive coordinator, the Indiana offense averaged 27 points and 396 yards per game – it was okay, not amazing. The ground attack struggled too much, there were too many turnovers, and the scoring was spotty.
And now, with almost all of the starters returning, the O should start to blow up big.
It all starts with the line that welcomes back all five starters, and has to be far stronger in pass protection and has to get back to blasting away for the ground game. Wes Martin is one of the Big Ten’s best guards, and there’s decent size across the board. Again, though, this group has to be stronger because …
– The running game has to be better. After getting big things out of Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard and Devine Redding, the Hoosiers took a step back last season with just 1,561 yards and 11 scores, averaging 3.48 yards per carry. However, 225-pound, 704-yard rusher Morgan Ellison leads a good group of young backs – every rushing yard from last year returns. The big key will be the production coming from the quarterback. Which is why …
– The addition of Arizona grad transfer Brandon Dawkins will matter. Peyton Ramsey is in the hunt for the job – he can run, finishing third on the team with 226 yards – and Michael Penix Jr. is the team’s top recruit. But Dawkins is the veteran playmaker who can step in and shine right away. His biggest problem at Arizona? He wasn’t Khalil Tate.
Getting back 2016 leading receiver Nick Westbrook from a torn ACL boosts up an already great receiving corps. Top target Simmie Cobbs is gone along with NFL-caliber TE Ian Thomas, but Luke Timian is back after finishing second on the team with 68 grabs, and in all, not including Westbrook, 12 of the top 14 pass catchers return.
Biggest Key To The Indiana Offense
The big pass plays have to return. The idea is to balance out the offense as much as possible with the quarterbacks doing big things for the ground attack. However, After averaging almost eight yards per pass in 2016. and 8.3 in 2015, the Hoosiers dinked and dunked too often averaging just 6.5 yards per throw and finishing with the second-lowest yards per completion average – 10.42 – in the Big Ten. It’s okay to go down the field a little more.