Any time a team is facing Michigan State it is best to be as close to 100 percent clear on the injury front as possible. That will not be the case for Indiana this weekend when the defending Big Ten champions arrive in Bloomington, Indiana. The Hoosiers will be without freshman Chris Covington, although the reason for why is unclear.
As originally reported by The Indy Star on Wednesday afternoon, Covington’s mother said her son will not play this weekend. Indiana is already without Nate Sudfeld, who was lost for the remainder of the 2014 season just the other day. Sudfeld will be out with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Without their top two quarterbacks, Indiana is forced to proceed forward with No. 3 on the depth chart, freshman Zander Diamont. Indiana would have preferred to redshirt Diamont this season, but duty calls.
Getting to make your first career start has to be an exciting time, but Michigan State is not exactly the kind of team that is likely to give Diamont a warm welcome to the Big Ten playing field.
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld has played his final game in 2014. The Hoosiers quarterback injured his left shoulder and surgery to address the injury will require an extended period of rehab that will prevent him from playing again this season.
Head coach Kevin Wilson announced the injury update on Monday. Sudfeld’s injury is to his non-throwing shoulder. The injury occurred during the first half of Indiana’s loss this weekend at Iowa. Sudfeld is just a junior, so he should be able to play again in Bloomington in 2015.
Sudfeld had thrown for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns in Indiana’s first six games. He was intercepted three times but was clearly a key part of the Indiana offense in addition to running back Tevin Coleman. Coleman has already rushed for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Coleman will have to shoulder just a little bit more of the offense moving forward as Indiana attempts to make a push for bowl eligibility.The Hoosiers are 3-3 and in need of three more wins with a tough road ahead of them in the second half of the season (Michigan State this week).
Freshman Chris Covington will take over under center for Wilson’s Hoosiers. He has only thrown 12 passes this season, with three being completed and two others being intercepted. The Chicago native was a two-star prospect in the Class of 2014 for Indiana.