In a surprising move, Tre Roberson has decided to transfer just mere months before the start of the 2014 season. Roberson spent last season splitting time at the quarterback position with Nate Sudfeld.
Head coach Kevin Wilson made the announcement today.
“We appreciate and thank Tre for his contributions to our football program both on and off the field,” Wilson said. “He is an outstanding player and a great young man. We wish him well as he moves forward with his career.”
Roberson offered his thanks to the program and his teammates.
“I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and Indiana University for all of their support over the last three years,” Roberson said. “My time in Bloomington will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish everyone at IU all the best as I move on to the next chapter in my life.”
Roberson was the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football and carried Lawrence Central to the state title game where they lost to Fishers. Roberson was the first true freshman to start a game at IU in 2011 where had five starts and appeared in nine games.
Roberson broke his leg in the second game of the 2012 season and received a medical redshirt for the year. He recovered to play in all 12 games last season, starting for four of them. Roberson threw 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing 60-percent of his passes. He threw just four interceptions all season.
He was also dangerous on the ground, rushing for 423 yards last season. Roberson averaged five yards per carry and found the end zone with his feet five times. He leaves after his best game in an IU uniform where he threw six touchdowns against Purdue and rushing for 154 yards.
The Hoosiers ran a two quarterback system last season. With Roberson transferring, it essentially gives the starting job over to Sudfeld. IU tended to run a read option offense when Roberson was on the field, and more of a spread passing attack with Sudfeld.
This raises the question of who was the better QB in spring practices and the offseason. If it was looking like Sudfeld would end up with the job full time, it may have prompted Roberson to look for a starting position elsewhere.
Sudfeld was a more dynamic passer last season, throwing for 2,523 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was a bit inconsistent last season, but should be better heading into his junior year.