Kevin Wilson's first season at Indiana was one to forget. The Hoosiers went 1-11 and finished last in the conference in points allowed and yards allowed. At the least, Indiana could double its win total by the end of the season's third week. The Hoosiers open up against Indiana State, Massachusetts and Ball State.
But then the dreadful Big Ten season starts and features a home game against Ohio State on Oct. 13.
Wilson added Seth Littrell as his offensive coordinator this season. He comes from an Arizona team that was third in the nation in passing offense, so look for more in the Hoosiers passing this season. If anyone can get more production out of sophomore Tre Roberson, it will be Littrell. In Roberson, he has a dynamic, athletic quarterback who makes plays with his arm and legs. Roberson took over the second half of the season, throwing for 937 yards while completing 57 percent off is passes. He did have six interceptions, though, to just three touchdowns. He also ran for 426 yards. Under Littrell he should be able to double those numbers this season.
"I'm throwing the ball better, I'm more confident in the passing game and I'm doing what I need to do," Roberson told the Associated Press. "I needed to get more efficient passing the ball and listening to Coach (Kevin) Wilson, I think I've done that."
As much as Roberson improves, though, the talent level at Indiana is still lower than most Big Ten teams. So for Wilson, it's going to be a process.
On the defensive side of the ball, he infused the talent with junior college players. Linebackers Jacarri Alexander and David Cooper come in from JUCO schools and are immediately tabbed as starters. They're joined by former Orrville standout Chase Hoobler. A sophomore, Hoobler enters his second year as a starter for the Hoosiers.
The best part of Indiana's defense are its tackles, Larry Black and Adam Replogle. Both seniors are four-year starters at the position. The team also returns last year's starters at end with Bobby Richardson and Ryan Phillis.
Indiana's secondary a season ago was trial by fire with several freshmen being thrown into the lineup. Safety Mark Murphy is the team's returning tackles leader. Both starters at cornerback return in Greg Heban and Lawrence Barnett. Indiana's pass defense rated 47th in the country a year ago, which is solid for the Hoosiers.
Regardless, Indiana's overall defense can't get much worse than it was in 2011, finishing 109th national in total defense.