Dusty Kiel

Posted: March 4, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Football
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Indiana was in a tough spot in 2011 at the quarterback position.

It had a three-headed monster competing for the starting job, including sophomores Dusty Kiel and Ed Wright-Baker along with true freshman Tre Roberson. Wright-Baker won the job out of camp, starting Indiana’s opener in a loss to Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Kiel appeared in four games, starting two of them. He finished completing 39-82 for 427 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Meanwhile his brother, Gunner Kiel, was a five-star prospect and the number one overall quarterback in his class, and had verbally committed to Indiana. After an abysmal 1-11 season for the Hoosiers, Gunner decommitted, and gave his verbal to LSU before ultimately changing his mind again and ending up at Notre Dame.

Like his brother, Dusty also decided to bail on the Hoosiers, leaving the program in January of 2012. Dusty’s career at IU was a very up-and-down, as he started, battled injuries, and struggled at times during games.

Upon his leaving, along with players such as Damarlo Belcher, and eventually Wright-Baker, this was Kevin Wilson’s way of cleaning out the program. Wilson clearly had a vision for where he wanted the program to head, and it’s obviously working, with the Hoosiers improving from 1-11 to 4-8 in 2012. Not to mention, Indiana is picking up some serious steam in recruiting, with 2013 arguably being their best class, certainly on defense, in IU history.

As for Dusty, contrary to what many people reported, he did not transfer from IU. He’s currently working on his dietetics major here in Bloomington, and actually lives with Cameron Coffman, the junior college transfer that played quarterback for the Hoosiers when Roberson went down to injury last season.

Dusty also works at Memorial Stadium for the Indiana University Athlete Food Service.

  1. Tony says:

    Was Tre there in 2011? I thought he was a true freshman in 2012.

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