Two critical components to one of the best offenses in IU football history are in the news this week.
Unfortunately for IU’s all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader Nate Sudfeld, the news is not good. His 2023 season is over before it started.
According to multiple reports, Sudfeld suffered a torn-ACL in a Detroit Lions preseason game, and he’ll miss the entire campaign. Sudfeld was competing for Detroit’s backup quarterback role.
Sudfeld was going into his seventh year in the NFL, and he’s bounced around the league. The Lions are his fourth team, though he’s been a career backup. He’s played in six games, including two with Detroit last season, with no starts.
The news is better for former IU All-American offensive lineman Dan Feeney.
The six-year NFL veteran is headed home.
Multiple outlets are reporting the Orland Park, Ill. product has been traded by Miami to the Chicago Bears for a sixth-round draft choice.
Feeney signed with Miami earlier this year, and they were set to be his third NFL team. He started for three full seasons with the Chargers, and in the second half of his rookie year. But he was more of a reserve for the Jets the last two years, with seven starts in two seasons.
Sudfeld was drafted in the 6th round (187th pick) by the Washington Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft. Feeney was selected in the third round (71st pick) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers.
In 2015, Feeney’s junior season at IU and Sudfeld’s senior year, the Hoosiers became the first team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the Big Ten in total, passing and scoring offense.
Indiana ranked 9th and 14th in the country in total offense in 2013 and 2015, Sudfeld’s two primary seasons leading the team without injury. Feeney was a starter on both teams.
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