2014 College Football Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

By Dean Pantazi - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) - The recipe for the Indiana Hoosiers to play that elusive bowl game rides on the defense.

"A lot of young guys will get in the mix for competition," head coach Kevin Wilson says. "A lot of guys back. A new scheme. I like that."

IU switched to a 3-4 defense in the offseason. By all accounts, the scheme is better suited for the generally smaller guys the Hoosiers put out there.

"It fits our personnel perfectly," defensive back Kenny Mullen, a Bishop Luers graduate, says. "We're not the biggest defense. But we're flying around on defense, and it's showing."

Offensively, the Hoosiers have had success with Nate Suffeld at quarterback. With the departure of Tre Roberson, there is no quarterback-by-committee in Bloomington this year. Suffeld, wide receiver Shane Wynn and running back Tevin Coleman can focus on working a potent IU offense that averaged 38.4 points per game a year ago.

"There are days and plays where I'll go, 'We're going to be pretty good.' Then other plays where I'll go, 'We've got to clean that up,'" Suffeld says.

Indiana has not appeared in a bowl game since 2007. The Hoosiers could make another good run at the postseason with hopes of finally getting over the hump.

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