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CHICAGO – What happens if injury sidelines Indiana starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld?
Who takes over to run the Hoosiers' potent offense?
Say hello to Nate Boudreau.
Boudreau is a 6-3, 220-pound walk-on from Illinois. He's a redshirt sophomore who saw a few snaps last year during blowout wins over Indiana State and Bowling Green. He has yet to throw a collegiate pass.
The same is true of the other quarterbacks on the roster – true freshmen Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron.
“We'll start Day One in practice with Nate,” coach Kevin Wilson said. “He's been very, very sharp in our summer workouts. I think he sees the opportunity and the sense of urgency. He's been here longer than our other guys. So we'll start there.”
IU's quarterback depth took a big hit when Cam Coffman transferred last winter, and then Tre Roberson transferred in June. Both had started and excelled for the Hoosiers.
“It's going to be a three-man battle between a more veteran guy like Nate Boudreau, and then we'll see with Zander and then Danny,” Wilson said.
Boudreau's biggest claim to Hoosier fame is winning scout team player of the year (last season). He's a two-time winner of scout player of the week (against Michigan last year, against Michigan State two years ago).
He was an all-conference high school player at Neuqua Valley in Naperville, Ill., where he also played basketball.
In case you're wondering, he's a biology major.
Diamont joined the program in January after graduating high school in December. The 6-1, 175-pound California native was the Los Angeles city player of the year last season after throwing for 3,501 yards and 47 touchdowns.
Cameron, who signed in June, is the son of former IU quarterback and head football coach Cam Cameron, now the LSU offensive coordinator.
“We'll see how Zander does,” Wilson said. “He's a very talented kid. He did well in the spring, but he's young.
“We signed Danny late. We had a chance to work with him at (June) camp. We needed another scholarship quarterback. I was very impressed with him. He's a coach's kid, kind of a gym rat.”