MadTown Badgers: Nine-Point Play(ers) for Week 12

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MadTown Badgers: Nine-Point Play(ers) for Week 12

GET OUT YOUR ROOTY-TOOTY-POINT-AND-SHOOTIES, PEOPLE! This here game against the gunslingin’ Indiana Hoosiers will show Badger fans what it’s like to be a team that only practices one thing during the week and lets the other chips fall where they may. That one thing that Indiana does?  Offense. The things that Indiana doesn’t care about? Defense and special teams. Who needs ‘em?

Indiana has a Swiss cheese defense, and it knows it. It’s hard to say whether the Hoosiers’ defense is awful because it’s awful or because the offense scores so much, and so quickly, that the defense is always on the field. Instead of trying to control the ball and take pressure off of the fools who are stupid enough to go to Indiana to play defense, the coaching staff tries to score as many points as possible as fast as possible.

REFRESHER: Article Background/Basis

It’s impossible to score nine points on one play in football. A touchdown directly leads to an extra point (7) or two point conversion attempt (8), but there is no way for the offense to score three points on a post-touchdown conversion.

Let’s critique nine humans on the opposing team that will either try their hardest to, or be in the best position to score/prevent nine points on one play this week. No guarantee that these eight players and head coach will be an important/relevant factor in the game, but it’s hopefully going to give you some insight about players other than some #hotsportstake.

(1)   Cody Lattimer: Wide Receiver, Junior. Height: 6-3 Weight: 215

Player Profile

Lattimer, #3, has already exceeded his receiving totals from last year. In nine games so far, the Hoosiers’ top receiving threat has 55 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns. Those statistics are fantastic, especially considering that Lattimer was named a second-team All-Big Ten player by the media last year and was an honorable mention selection by ESPN.com, 247sports.com and Phil Steele. Again, he earned those accolades after making 51 catches for 805 yards and 6 touchdowns over the course of the entire season.

Indiana got a steal when Lattimer committed, as he was rated the top wide receiver in Ohio as a high school senior. The dreaded General Studies major is a true junior, as he started two games as a true freshman and played in eight games total. It’s clear that Lattimer made the right choice to play immediately, as he is definitely athletic enough to contribute for just about any school – however, he chose Indiana and has had a great career thus far for the Hoosiers.

(2)   Stephen Houston: Running Back, Senior. Height: 6-0 Weight: 230

Player Profile

Houston, #12, came into the season expecting to be the starting running back in Bloomington. He was the team’s leading rusher in 2011 and 2012 after joining Indiana via Independence (Kan.) Community College. Despite rushing for 802 yards on 151 attempts with eight touchdowns (5.3 yards per carry/66.8 yards per game) as a sophomore and adding 749 rushing yards (4.7 yards per carry/62.4 per game) on 161 carries with 12 touchdowns last year, he was passed on the depth chart by Tevin Coleman to start this season.

Now, after Coleman injured his ankle last week against Illinois (he had 15 carries for 215 yards before he got hurt), Houston finds himself back in the saddle as the main man in the Hoosier rushing attack.

(3)   Nate Sudfeld: Quarterback, Sophomore. Height: 6-5 Weight:230

Player Profile

Sudfeld, #7, played in seven games last year after fellow quarterback Tre Roberson was injured, and Sudfeld played well (seven touchdowns, one interception.) This year, Sudfeld has been the main passing option for the Hoosiers, racking up 19 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. His 2,182 passing yards have been built largely on the strength of his three 300-yard passing games, but all three of those efforts were in nonconference play.

When Sudfeld was in high school, he was rated the 14th-best quarterback in the nation but only played two years of varsity football. Still, the latest highly-touted quarterback/offensive player to commit to Indiana was able to work his way up to being the 23rd-best prospect to come out of California. Nate’s older brother, Zach, is a NFL tight end for the New York Jets (he was a hot commodity in fantasy drafts after a phenomenal preseason for the New England Patriots.) Sudfeld will need to have over 300 yards passing on Saturday to have a chance to beat Wisconsin, especially with standout running back Tevin Coleman sidelined.

(4)   Tre Roberson: Punter, Junior. Height: 6-0 Weight: 200

Player Profile

Roberson, #5, is a redshirt sophomore that broke onto the scene as a true freshman in 2011, when he started five games and played in nine for the Hoosiers. He was the first true freshman quarterback to start a game in school history, and while he took his lumps, he ran for almost 500 yards and threw for almost 1,000 yards.

As the fourth Indiana Mr. Football to attend Indiana, Roberson has carried high expectations throughout his time in Bloomington. When a broken leg derailed his season last year, he redshirted the season and came back this year as part of a timeshare at quarterback with Nate Sudfeld. Roberson has managed to take advantage of his opportunities this year, tossing nine touchdowns and just two interceptions while also rushing for five touchdowns.

(5)   Kofi Hughes: Wide Receiver, Senior. Height: 6-2 Weight: 220

Player Profile

Hughes, #13, has taken somewhat of a back seat to Lattimer and Wynn this season, but the senior has been productive for four years and in many ways has set the table for the younger players to succeed in the future. Hughes led the team with 35 receptions in 2011 — and has 31 this season -but only ranks third on the team in catches. That’s how far the team’s offense has come under Kevin Wilson. Hughes has seen his touchdown total spike this year, with six touchdowns compared to six total through his first three seasons.

He was a quarterback in high schools that was the 2009 Indiana High School Football Player of the Year. Hughes was yet another highly-rated prospect to commit to Indiana; the problem seems to be that the Hoosiers are putting all of their athletes on offense.

(6)   Ted Bolser: Tight End, Senior. Height: 6-6 Weight: 252

Player Profile

Bolser, #83, is a redshirt senior that has been around Bloomington for some trying times. He was part of the revival process, starting seven of 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010. During that year, he had pretty solid statistics for a tight end, as he caught 27 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns. As a result, he was named a Freshman All-American and even garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

After an up-and-down sophomore season, Bolser bounced back last year and was selected to BTN.com's All-Big Ten team. He was named second team All-Big Ten by 247Sports.com and an honorable mention All-Big Ten from the league's coaches and media. Now, the senior has passed the 100-catch and 1,000 yard milestones while being named to the Mackey Award Watch List for the third straight year. Dez Southward will likely cover Bolser over the middle a fair amount this weekend, and hopefully he does better on Indiana’s #83 than he did on Cody Hoffman of BYU.

(7)   Shane Wynn: Wide Receiver, Junior. Height: 5-7Weight: 170

Player Profile

Wynn, #1, was not tackled by Indiana State in the first game of the season, scoring a touchdown on each of his three touches, including a 58-yard punt return and touchdown receptions of 43 and 3 yards. He became first player in school history with a punt return, kick return and receiving TD in his career and was the first player since Rob Turner in 1990 with two receiving scores and a punt return in a single game. Pretty good stuff for a 5-7 receiver!

As a sophomore last season, Wynn was a second team All-Big Ten honoree by 247Sports.com and received honorable mention All-Big Ten from the league's media. Wynn played high school football for Ted Ginn, Sr. and was one of the top receivers in Ohio (not quite as good as Lattimer, though.) This team has speed to burn and plenty of slippery players like Wynn to make things happen in the open field.

(8)   Greg Heban: Safety, Senior. Height: 6-1Weight: 205

Player Profile

Heban, #9, is only on this list because I felt the need to put ONE Hoosier defensive player in the article. Seriously though, Indiana laughs at defense. Defense? We don’t need to stinking defense! Greg will now sit down in his favorite corner of his darkened room and cry himself to sleep. He doesn’t get any help on Saturdays, but he is in really good shape since he spends three hours sprinting after opposing players forty yards downfield.

That Heban was an uninvited walk-on as a freshman (as opposed to a preferred walk-on) just goes to show the Hoosiers’ general disdain for all things not related to offense. Jokes aside, Heban must be talented because he ended up starting four of the final five games of his true freshman season and earned a spot on  ESPN.com’s All-Freshman team while also being an Academic All-Big Ten selection. This year, Heban is second on the team with 66 total tackles and leads the team with two interceptions. Bless your heart, Greg.

(9)   Kevin Wilson: Head Coach, 3rd Year. 2012 Record: 4-8 (2-6) Overall: 9-24

Coach Profile

Wilson came to Indiana from Oklahoma in 2011, and while the team struggled to a 1-11 record in his first year, Wilson has shown a proclivity for offense throughout his tenure. Last season, the team improved to 4-8 and this year the Hoosiers are 4-5 with games against Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Purdue remaining.

Coach Wilson played at North Carolina (center/guard) from 1980-83  and coached at UNC, Miami, Northwestern and Oklahoma before finally landing a head coaching job in Bloomington. Wisconsin has made Indiana look downright sad during the past two years with Wilson at the helm, winning 59-7 in 2011 and 62-14 last year.

Vegas Line: Opened at Wisconsin -20; currently Wisconsin -21.5

Over/Under: 70

Paul’s Pompous Prediction: Wisconsin 52, Indiana 21

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