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Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson
Indiana's defense was bad in 2012. Bad, bad, bad. It was arguably worse in 2011, mind you, but it was still bad last season—and now the Hoosier's best defender, DT Adam Replogle, has graduated.
There are two ways to fix this problem in recruiting. You could go out and find the best, most gifted high school seniors who are capable of playing right away and beating out a seasoned collegian for a starting role (generally, these are 4- and 5-star recruits), or you can bring in guys with experience playing at the JUCO level, which at least physically is one step up from high school.
Kevin Wilson did both, and he added some key pieces to the offense in the process. Wilson signed two JUCO DTs to help ease the pain of losing Replogle, and if Christopher Cormier is good enough to see the field right away, he'll be a difference maker at the nose position, as he checks in at 6'2" and 330 pounds. We'll see how much of it is "good" weight, but at the very least, running between the tackles on the Hoosiers looks like it won't be as easy a proposition as it had been in years past.
On offense, the Hoosiers bring back a host of young starters, so their needs aren't glaring. But Stephen Houston won't be there forever, and to that end, Indiana signed 4-star RB Laray Smith and also brought in bigger RB Myles Graham. Smith is a burner who might work his way into the backfield rotation immediately, though it's not as if the Indiana offense will be hurting for playmakers in 2013.