Saturday, April 10, 2010

For Indiana Football, Dual-Threat QBs Are Cool

There’s something about a dual-threat quarterback that can turn a Hoosiers thoughts to Antwaan Randle El.

Yes, that is a very good thing.

We mention this because Indiana has just received a verbal commitment from Lawrence Central quarterback Tre Roberson. Granted, he’s not the biggest guy at 6-1 and 170 pounds, but that’s not the point right now. His ability to throw and run is.

All Roberson did was throw for 1,008 yards and rush for 984 yards. That’s pretty impressive balance. He threw for eight touchdowns and ran for seven more TDs. That, too, is impressive versatility.

Roberson picked IU over Purdue and Toledo. He attended Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.

Randle El, in case you’re still suffering from the shock of Tigers Woods swearing at The Masters, ranked first in school history in career passing yards (7,469) and total yards (11,364), and second in school history in rushing (3,895 yards), points (270) and career touchdowns (45) and passing touchdowns (42). He’s now a NFL receiver back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roberson is the fourth Hoosier commitment and the second from the state of Indiana. The other in-state player is tight end Jake Reed of Columbus North. Also committed are offensive lineman Kirk Harris and linebacker Mike Replogle.

Roberson, by the way, won’t be the only dual-threat quarterback in the program. The Hoosiers already have Edward Wright-Baker from Jeffersonville. He’s battling Dusty Kiel for the backup quarterback spot behind Ben Chappell (who is definitely NOT a dual-threat QB). Wright-Baker figures to get plenty of action when IU goes to its Wildcat formation.

Players can’t actually sign until next February.

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