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Second Kiel, first Wright-Baker decide Indiana’s not for them

Dusty Kiel, Stephen Houston AP

For the second time in less than three months, a football player with the surname of “Kiel” has decided Indiana is not the place for him to either start or continue his collegiate career.  And, as it turns out, the first Wright-Baker has decided the same.

In October, Gunner Kiel, the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2012, decommitted from the Hoosiers and ultimately gave his verbal to LSU.  Now, Gunner’s older brother has taken a turn “decommitting” from the Hoosiers. and both reported that Dusty Kiel has decided to leave the Indiana football program.  Kiel’s placement on the quarterback depth chart is believed to be the reason behind the transfer.

IU not only confirmed that Kiel was leaving, but the school also confirmed that fellow QB Edward Wright-Baker is transferring from the program as well.  Losing his starting job likely played a role in Wright-Baker’s decision.

Kiel and Wright-Baker,  along with true freshmanTre Roberson, were involved in a battle for the starting job that began in the spring and extended into summer camp.  Wright-Baker won the job coming out of camp, although Roberson ultimately finished the season under center.

Wright-Baker started five games this season and led the Hoosiers in passing yards (1,029) and passing touchdowns (four).  Kiel started two games in 2011 as a redshirt sophomore, and played in a total of four games, throwing three touchdowns and one interception in 82 attempts.

There’s no word yet on where either Baker-Wright or Kiel may be headed.

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9 Responses to “Second Kiel, first Wright-Baker decide Indiana’s not for them”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 15, 2012 8:21 AM

    Kid seemed to lack patience. Unless promises were made that were broken, none of them would have probably started next year, once the youngest Kiel started in the fall.

  2. tg1896 says: Jan 15, 2012 8:53 AM

    The surprise isn’t that they don’t want to play at Indiana. The surprise is that Indiana has a football team. Did anyone else know about this?

  3. metalhead65 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:09 AM

    I wonder which division 2 school or jr. college they will end up at never to be heard from again. maybe kiel will join his baby brother at lsu where they can whine together when they are not handed the starting job. they had a chance to be the starting qb at a big ten school with a new coach starting from sctratch and could not get the job done and were beaten out by a freshman. that should tell you how good they are.IU will not miss them as they try and rebuild the program as they do not need quitters. wilson comes from a winning program at oklahoma so I think he can tell good talent when he sees it and obvisouly he did not see it in those guys.

  4. woebegong says: Jan 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    Young kids with athletic talent these days are so praised and sought after with the 120 div. 1 schools, a lot of them get a big head and think they can win games by themselves. At LSU, Kiel will not see a lot of action this year unless Miles drastically changes his coaching style. As was seen in the NC game, Miles will stick with what he thinks is the best option in his own mind, especially at QB, even when the rest of his own staff, knows it will not work. He has the transfer from UGA that has rode the pine for three years as a starter already, so I t think, no matter how good the new kid on the block may be, he will be riding the pine a lot this year. He will see mop up duty but not much else. I guess we will have to see as the season progresses. His changing schools and going with the number one team in the nation at the time, shows me that he wants to star and he may be less than a team player. Otherwise LSU wouldn’t usually be on a northern or mid west kids mind. He could have stayed in the big ten, and probably accomplished as much as he will on the LSU team. He will have to learn how to fit, into a team first approach, and I think he will have trouble in that case. The cream usually rises to the top they say, but when you have a team like LSU has coming back next year, he will start close to the bottom of the bottle and has a way to go, to reach the top.

  5. indywvu says: Jan 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    “The surprise isn’t that they don’t want to play at Indiana. The surprise is that Indiana has a football team. Did anyone else know about this?”

    Living in Indianapolis, it’s still hard to tell. It’s the most ridiculous thing around here – people are typically IU basketball fans and ND football fans. I don’t understand that. Pick a school and be dedicated to it. Hell, I have a guy at work that is an IU basketball fan, ND football fan and graduated from Ball State. WTH?

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jan 15, 2012 12:34 PM

    I really think Wilson can get that program up to a respectable or even strong level, but losing his prize commitment and then depth that’s arguably on par with his starter at QB really has to hurt. One almost has to wonder if he’s rubbed the players the wrong way, although it’s certainly possible that the players were just not accustomed to having a hard-nosed guy like that telling them what to do. That can happen when teams get real coaches who demand dedication.

  7. midwestfan says: Jan 15, 2012 1:32 PM

    I live in Ohio it’s the same thing here. During the 20 yrs Huggs was leading Cincy to 25 win seasons, everyone was UC basketball fans and OSU football fans. While UC might not be OSU in football, I take pride in the fact I only root for UC and no other school.

  8. 10of14 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:45 PM

    Younger Kiel got a “pro” contract offer from LSU and a truck load of women. Good thing; he will be the next “lonely, pathetic” Jesse Palmer…play sparingly and work for ESPN…not a bad gig without football. His brother will be a great D2 player. If he is #3 at IU, he is a #2 at a MAC school or D2 starter…take the starting role!

  9. pdcooper08 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    I’m sure Charlie will come calling. He likes pulling from the transfer pile.

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