Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, January 21, 2015
Indiana is still searching for its first bowl since 2007–and just its second since 1993–but Kevin Wilson continues to make progress as he embarks on his fifth season in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers will welcome back some key cogs in 2015, including QB Nate Sudfeld, safety Antonio Allen, guard Dan Feeney and tackle Jason Spriggs. But Indiana will have some holes to fill.
Here are the Top Five Indiana players who have departed.
RB Tevin Coleman. He left campus a year early as an all-time great. Coleman rushed for a school single-season record 2,036 yards with 15 TDs, averaging 7.5 yards per tote en route to finishing seventh in Heisman voting. No one will forget his 307-yard rushing effort at Rutgers.
S Mark Murphy. He posted 49 tackles, 30 solo, with 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions–one of which he returned for a touchdown–and two pass breakups in 2014. The heady Murphy started 42 times and recorded 279 tackles, 174 solo, with one sack, seven tackles for loss and four interceptions. His leadership will be missed.
C Collin Rahrig. A captain and consensus honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice, Rahrig started 36 times and appeared in 40 games during his career. He started 19 times at center, 12 at left guard and five at right guard, epitomizing his versatility. In 2014, Rahrig played a team-high 808 snaps and allowed just two sacks.
DT Bobby Richardson. He paced Hoosier defensive linemen with 35 tackles, 24 solo, with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Richardson also blocked two kicks en route to being a consensus honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection in 2014.
WR Shane Wynn. Last season, the diminutive speedster led the team with 56 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns and was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media. Wynn is the only Hoosier in school history with a receiving, rushing, kick return and punt return touchdown in his career.
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