QB shuffle: IU, Purdue and Notre Dame are having to use more than one quarterback
September 12, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Whether it was injury or instinct, the Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue football teams all endured intrigue at the quarterback position Saturday. Just two weeks into the season, all three programs have had to reassess the most important position on the field. Here’s a look at where each team stands:
Out: Tre Roberson.
In: Cameron Coffman.
Roberson was one of the few Hoosiers for whom opponents had to game-plan. He accounted for five of IU’s first six touchdowns before going down for the season with a broken leg against UMass on Saturday.
Coffman, however, has more in common with Roberson than many may realize:
>> Both have family members who played pro football. Roberson’s grandfather, Larry Highbaugh, was a three-time all-star during a 13-year career in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back and kick returner. Coffman’s father, Paul Coffman, was a tight end for the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs from 1978-87 and his brother, Chase Coffman, played the same position for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and ’10.
>> While Roberson is known for being a dual threat (368 yards passing, 133 rushing), Coffman ran for 680 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in high school, and added two rushing TDs and one receiving in leading Arizona Western to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game last year.
Coffman, however, fits the mold of a more traditional passer with which coach Kevin Wilson had success at Oklahoma. Roberson won the competition for the starting spot, but Coffman will benefit from his spring practice experience.