IU waiting on academic clearance for Patrick #iufb

CHICAGO — Junior college transfer Camion Patrick could become an instant impact receiver in Kevin Wilson’s offense this fall. First, he has to become academically eligible.

Wilson told reporters at Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day that the program is still waiting on clearance for Patrick to play and practice this fall. A decision is expected soon.

“With Camion, until he completes a course for us, we just don’t have the 100 percent clearance,” Wilson said. “… He’s been here all summer and we’re just waiting for some academic things that he has to do to get blessings or be cleared to be eligible for participation. He’s gonna be on the team. He’s not gonna be anywhere else. He looks awesome, off the field and in everything he’s doing.”

Patrick has three years to play three seasons. If he’s not cleared, he has two years to play two seasons. Patrick, who has drawn early comparisons to former IU receiver Cody Latimer, is a former Tennessee commit who also had offers from Kansas State and Louisville.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver comes to IU from East Mississippi Community College, where he caught 42 passes for 631 yards and 12 touchdowns last season in helping that program to a second consecutive national championship. In the title game, Patrick caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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Wilson comfortable with depth as injuries, losses mount #iufb

CHICAGO — In the span of one summer, Indiana has already endured the kinds of losses that would have crippled its program in the recent past.

Last month’s dismissal of leading tackler Antonio Allen was the first blow to a team that closed spring practice confident in its course ahead. Then, at Big Ten Media Day Thursday, IU coach Kevin Wilson revealed that his Hoosiers will be without a couple more key contributors on the offensive side of the ball.

J-Shun Harris, Indiana’s leading returning receiver, will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL, and right tackle Ralston Evans has decided to take a medical waiver and end his career due to nagging knee injuries.

Without question, the losses of all three players will be felt while Indiana pursues its first winning season in five years under Wilson. But there is also the belief that the 2015 Hoosiers are in a much better position to withstand the latest succession of gut punches to its program as depth and athleticism reach a higher level.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had,” Wilson said. “We’ve had a couple of things where you can say we’ve had an injury, lost someone. We’re getting deep enough, I think we can overcome that.”

Decades have passed since Indiana could boast about an athletic two-deep it feels comfortable matching up against some of the league’s heavyweights. To play and succeed in the Big Ten East, it had no other choice but getting to that point. (more…)


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J-Shun Harris to miss season with ACL injury, Ralston Evans takes medical

Indiana is already dealing with a significant blow to its offense a week before opening its preseason camp.

The program announced Thursday that sophomore receiver J-Shun Harris will redshirt the 2015 season after suffering an ACL injury. Harris led all returning IU receivers with 18 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns. 247 Sports named Harris a Big Ten All-Freshman Team member and he was recognized within the program as IU’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Harris’ injury was only one piece of roster news released Thursday.

Indiana also announced fifth-year senior right tackle Ralston Evans has been granted a medical hardship, which ends his career. Evans dealt with knee issues after a leg press accident in 2011 when he locked his leg on the machine and tore major ligaments. Former Ohio State transfer Tim Gardner will likely compete for the starting job at right tackle.

“Injuries ended Ralston’s final two seasons and limited him this spring,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “He was a great player and is an even better man. Fortunately, Ralston will serve as a student coach this year. His leadership will continue to be invaluable to our team.”

Cornerback Kenny Mullen has also decided to end his career. He’ll forego his fifth and final season of eligibility. Mullen was set to factor as the team’s nickel back this fall. Wilson also announced freshman defensive lineman Nick Carovillano, redshirt freshman receiver Coray Keel and junior cornerback Laray Smith have left the program. Smith confirmed to Inside Indiana on Thursday that he is transferring to Delaware State, where he will return to running back.

“Nick, Coray and Laray leave IU in good academic standing,” Wilson said in the release. “We wish them the best moving forward.”

Also, incoming freshman athlete Donavan Hale has qualified and will report for preseason camp.

More to come.


Initial depth chart revealed in media guide #iufb

First, a disclaimer: Kevin Wilson seldom releases an accurate depth chart. It hasn’t happened during his first four season and that likely won’t change now.

But, for those wondering, Indiana revealed its first depth chart of the fall inside the program’s 2015 media guide. Of note, Tony Fields is listed as the starter at free safety after Antonio Allen’s dismissal, walk-on Ben Bach is starting over Rashard Fant at corner and Ralph Green III, who was sentenced to probation and community service following an April arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge, is listed as the backup at defensive tackle.

Also of note, the backup quarterback spot is split between Danny Cameron and Zander Diamont and kicker doesn’t have a defined starter between Griffin Oakes and Aaron Del Grosso. Devine Redding is also listed above Jordan Howard at running back.

Unrelated to the two-deep, cornerback Laray Smith, who moved from running back last fall, is no longer listed on the roster. UPDATE: Inside Indiana reports Smith is transferring to Delaware State, where he will play running back. More on that later.

See the rest for yourself (starters in bold):

LT: Jason Spriggs, Delroy Baker
LG: Dimitric Camiel, Wes Martin
C: Jake Reed, Wes Rogers
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey or DeAndre Herron
RT: Ralston Evans, Tim Gardner
WR: Ricky Jones, Dominique Booth
WR: Simmie Cobbs, Andre Booker
WR: J-Shun Harris, Damon Graham or Mitchell Paige
QB: Nate Sudfeld, Danny Cameron or Zander Diamont
RB: Devine Redding, Jordan Howard
TE: Anthony Corsaro, Michael Cooper, Jordan Fuchs (more…)


No Hoosiers on Big Ten players to watch list #iufb

No Indiana players are included on this year’s Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List, which was released by the conference prior to Big Ten Media Day on Thursday.

The league recognized 11 players this player, including one more than usual due to a tie in the West Division. Ohio State and Michigan State each have a pair of players represented in the East Division. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun are included, as are Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is the fifth player to watch listed in the East.

Nebraska and Wisconsin also placed two players on the West’s list, including Cornhuskers defensive tackle Maliek Collins and receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. Wisconsin running back Corey Clement and safety Michael Caputo also made the list. Iowa defensive end Drew Ott and Northwestern running back Justin Jackson round out the division’s honorees.



IU the right fit for JUCO safety Jayme Thompson #iufb

Posted by in Football on Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

He doesn’t stress prestige and he doesn’t harp on wins and losses. Iowa Western football coach Scott Strohmeier tells his junior college players to settle on the program that feels right, and the rest always seems to fall into place.

Indiana felt like the right fit for safety Jayme Thompson, and the three-star recruit announced Wednesday that he intends to transfer to IU in time for the 2016 season.

In the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Thompson is ranked the No. 47 junior college prospect in his class and the No. 2 ranked safety. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect is the ninth member of Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class and, according to 247 Sports, he’s the highest ranked player in that group.

“I think he fits the style of play in the Big Ten,” Strohmeier said. “He’s physical and a real good tackler. Those are probably his biggest strengths. We had him at safety, and this year we might (play him at linebacker) because of his tackling ability and physicality. In a certain scheme, he could be a nickel back, a linebacker as well, and he could fit in on special teams. Overall, he’s a good player.”

Thompson, a native of Toledo, Ohio, originally gave a commitment to West Virginia out of high school before signing with Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class as a four-star prospect in the 247 database. He redshirted the 2013 season after suffering a broken ankle and later asked for his release from the Buckeyes’ program in the spring of 2014.

Since moving to Iowa Western, Thompson has fielded interest from a wide range of programs interested in a tough defensive back. Nebraska expressed interest, while Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Miami and virtually the entire Mid-American Conference offered.

“Anytime we have a kid who bounces back from a four-year school, we try to stress that you only have one more time,” Strohmeier said. “If you don’t make the right decision in high school, you can always go somewhere. But if you go from a four-year to a junior college, you got to make the right decision. Find the right program, find the right academic institution for you. Don’t get caught up in conferences, records or anything. You have to get the right fit. You only have two years to do it. Indiana was the right fit.” (more…)


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Indiana makes top 3 for 2016 forward De’Ron Davis #iubb

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 at 5:48 PM.

An Indiana scholarship offer arrived three years ago for De’Ron Davis. Now, as his recruitment begins to wind down, Davis is keeping IU at the top of his list.

Davis announced his final three choices on Wednesday, listing Indiana alongside Arizona and Texas. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound prospect from Aurora, Colo. is a four-star recruit in 247 Sports’ Composite rankings, listed as the No. 41 recruit in the nation.

Former Indiana assistant Steve McClain led the recruiting push over the last few years, but Davis told The Herald-Times in April that assistant Chuck Martin was quick to make contact after McClain took the Illinois-Chicago head coaching job in March. Indiana’s entire staff has spent time watching Davis this summer and he recently told Rivals that he was equally fond of IU.

“(I like) the way they compete, the way they develop their bigs and their overall players,” he told The H-T this spring.


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IUWBB: Hoosiers rank 46th in attendance

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015 at 1:53 PM.

Indiana women’s basketball ranked No. 46 in the nation in average attendance last season, according to figures released by the NCAA.

An average of 2,617 fans came to Assembly Hall to watch the Hoosiers play during the 2014-15 season, totaling 44,481 for the year. That is a slight drop from 2013-14, when Indiana ranked No. 44 in the country with an average attendance of 2,723.

The Big Ten conference set a record attendance-wise with 948,935 fans at women’s basketball games during the past season. Nine conference schools were in the top 25, including Purdue (6,279) at No. 9 and Michigan State (6,119) and Nebraska (5,857) at 10th and 11th, respectively.

Division I programs totaled 8,111,856, which is the fourth-highest total in the 34-year history of NCAA women’s basketball.

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Men's Soccer

IU soccer adds Wedderburn, will play at Toyota Park

The Indiana men's soccer team announced the addition of freshman Rees Wedderburn to the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. The attacking midfielder and British national currently plays for the [...]

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Schwarber expected to rejoin Cubs on Friday #iubase

When the Chicago Cubs called up Kyle Schwarber last month to serve as a designated hitter during a run through interleague play, the former Indiana star knew his stay in the big leagues would be [...]

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  • vesuvius13:

    Podunk, you are right about the reasons players from Indiana don't cho [...]

  • vesuvius13:

    It would be great to see Patrick get cleared as he would be a big addi [...]

  • ilovetomcrean:

    Did any of u guys see how Jeremy showed up at the Big Ten Media Day? [...]

  • Podunker:

    Not to over-simplify it, but maybe the old adage, "familiarity breeds [...]

  • Podunker:

    My thoughts exactly, PB. Obviously the depth chart is old data. A bi [...]

  • PB:

    I'm guessing its essentially the Spring depth chart with Allen taken o [...]

  • PB:

    Kind of meaningless as Harris will miss the year with an ACL and Evans [...]

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