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Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson threw for 368 yards before breaking his left leg Sept. 8 at UMass.

Injured Roberson buoyed by support

– Tre Roberson has received several texts and tweets since suffering a season-ending leg injury Sept. 8 at Massachusetts.

The support has helped him during the early stages of his rehabilitation.

“Everybody is making me want to work hard and focus and get ready for next year,” Roberson said Tuesday.

Roberson met with reporters after Indiana’s practice Tuesday in Bloomington. The sophomore quarterback said he “should be back for spring practice.”

He was off to a remarkable start this fall. Roberson threw for 368 yards and rushed for 133 with five total touchdowns before breaking his left leg. The injury occurred on a second-quarter run.

“It’s been real tough,” Roberson said, “but I’ve had help around here with all the coaches, the weight coaches, my girlfriend, my family. It’s been tough, but everyone has been helping me through this.”

Roberson completed 66 percent of his passes (33 of 50, two touchdowns, one interception).

“Now I’m just rehabbing and trying to get better,” he said. “I’ve been out throwing. I’m just trying to get better.”

IU coach Kevin Wilson said Roberson spent Saturday’s game against Ball State watching from the press box.

“It was a nice view,” Roberson said. “I was able to see different blitzes before they were coming and see other things. It was real nice.

“Before the game I was telling (quarterbacks Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld) to look at certain things and if you see certain things, throw this or throw that. I didn’t really talk to them during the game.

“I was up in the booth looking at coverages and writing down coverages and talking to coach (offensive coordinator Seth) Littrell about what was going on.”

Coffman threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a hip pointer.

Sudfeld came in and threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He earned co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Monday.

“Both did well,” Wilson said during the Big Ten teleconference.

“By nature they are both very calm kids, both very composed. They made good choices, distributed the ball properly. Had a pretty good rate. I thought they were very wise with what they are doing.

“It was unfortunate that Cam got nicked up a little. Nate came in. That’s one of the reasons we said in preseason there was a competition.

“We thought Tre was going to play really good, but the other two guys were going to be in. As you can see, we needed all three. They handled it well.”

Sudfeld is getting “80 to 85 percent of the work” this week as Coffman continues to recover.

The Hoosiers are on a bye and return to action Sept. 29 at Northwestern.

“We’re not doing a lot of throwing with (Coffman) yet,” Wilson said. “He’s dressing, he’s out there doing some things, but he’s doing light stuff.”

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