Freshman Focus: Austin King


With National Signing Day in the books, Hoosier State of Mind will take a look at Indiana football’s incoming freshman. Meet Austin King.

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 190

Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

Stats: 168-of-298 for 2,370 passing yards, 21 TDs, 6 INTs as a senior

The Lowdown: College recruitment was a wild ride for the Georgia native. King originally committed to North Carolina State but changed his mind in mid-December. A day after saying he wouldn’t be a part of the Wolf Pack, King committed to the Hoosiers.

King had a great senior year, leading his team to a 10-2 record and a regional title. For his efforts, King was named honorable mention Class 6A in Georgia and was also a two-time all-region selection.

With it being Nate Sudfeld’s senior season, Indiana must begin looking for his replacement. Indiana’s current stable of quarterbacks is less than promising, as we saw this past season. Chris Covington and Zander Diamont struggled meaning the competition for backup QB should be wide open.

I would say that King is the heir apparent to Sudfeld. He’s a true pocket passer and as long as IU can continue to find some quality wide receivers, the offense should be in good hands when Sudfeld graduates.

It’s up to King to be very observant and watch Sudfeld like a hawk this season. He needs to learn all he can every day, so if it ever is his time to play, he’s as ready as possible. Don’t expect to see King in action for at least a year, but he has the potential to be a quality player for the Hoosiers.