2013 College Football Preview: Indiana Hoosiers (VIDEO)

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

August 27, 2013 Updated Aug 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) - There is already talk of the Indiana Hoosiers being a surprise team in the Big Ten Conference this season.

IU returns nine defensive starters and an array of offensive weapons that provides optimism at Memorial Stadium, and could provide fits for elite teams in the league.

"It's got a chance to be a better offense, and it should be," Wilson says. "With everyone back, I think we can be a little bit more advanced. We'll have more personnel groupings. There will be two tailbacks on the field, two tight ends on the field. We'll probably run the quarterback a lot more."

"We had the 'rebuilding year'," running back Stephen Houston says. "But we've put all the pieces together. This year will be the Hoosiers' year, and we're going to set our mark high."

With confidence also comes perspective for Indiana, a mere 5-19 in two seasons under Wilson.

"Too many big plays given up last year, and that was one of the key emphasis of this year: eliminate the big plays," Kenny Mullen, a junior cornerback from Bishop Luers High School, says.

"Coaches always show us the stats, the turnover ratio," safety Greg Heban says. "Turnovers are big key to the game we need to improve on."

The Hoosiers host eight bowl games, which could loom large in potential bowl bids at the season. But for now, IU keeps to keeping things in front of them.

"Coaches always show us the stats, the turnover ratio," safety Greg Heban says. "Turnovers are big key to the game we need to improve on."

IU's home opener is 7 p.m. against Indiana State.

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