1. Jordan Howard’s Indiana debut
Howard is something of an unknown commodity to IU fans after the UAB transfer missed most of spring practice, including the spring game, with a hyperextended elbow. But the 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back authored some impressive moments during the summer, displaying an intriguing mix of power and speed. He’s not as explosive as 2,000-yard rusher Tevin Coleman, but Howard appears to be a worthy replacement. Howard is listed in the top spot on IU’s first two-deep, but he’ll split time this season with sophomore Devine Redding. “Whether Jordan or Devine go out there first, we’ll still need a third with Ricky Brookins and Alex Rodriguez,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said.
2. Will SIU’s tight end emerge as a threat?
The Salukis lost their top three receivers from last season, including tight end — and fifth-round draft pick — MyCole Pruitt. They’re expecting to use a quartet of running backs and are still looking for a consistent offensive threat to emerge. IU thinks that threat could be tight end Adam Fuehne. The 6-7, 257-pound senior played in Pruitt’s shadow last season, but caught at least one pass in seven of the 11 games he played. Wilson said this week that NFL scouts are eyeing Fuehne as SIU’s most draftable player. Defensive coordinator Brian Knorr will have bandits Zack Shaw and Nile Sykes or Greg Gooch assigned to Fuehne. “Our bandit position is a position (where) we’re pretty physical,” Knorr said. “Our bandits, which are our defensive end/ outside backers, are 250-plus, so we shouldn’t be outmatched there. We certainly are aware of him.” (more…)
The marijuana possession charge against former Indiana forward Devin Davis was dropped this week, according to court records.
Davis was cited on May 11 for possession of marijuana under 30 grams after Indiana University Police responded to a complaint of marijuana odor coming from a residence at Hickory Hall. According to IUPD spokesperson Lt. W. Craig Munroe, officers found a small amount of marijuana in a backpack owned by Davis. Former IU teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea was also present, but he was not cited. On May 14, both players were dismissed from the program.
The charge against Davis was dismissed without prejudice on Tuesday.
The best advice for folks driving into Bloomington for Saturday’s season-opener against Southern Illinois?
Construction on State Road 37 could cause disruptions this season for IU fans driving from the Indianapolis area and beyond. To help, we’ll pass along the following release from IU Athletics.
Drive safely and we’ll see you tommorrow. The release from IU can be found after the jump: (more…)
On his first radio show of the season Thursday night, Kevin Wilson said he expects six to eight true freshmen to see the field in Saturday’s season opener against Southern Illinois.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise based on this week’s first depth chart.
Wilson listed seven true freshmen on his two-deep this week, five of which are at IU’s two biggest areas of need. Receivers Leon Thornton and Nick Westbrook, along with cornerbacks Devonte Williams and Andre Brown and safety Jonathan Crawford are all featured on the IU depth chart. Left tackle Brandon Knight and defensive end Jacob Robinson are also included.
As for the eighth, or perhaps ninth player, expect it to come from the trio of safety Jameel Cook Jr., corner Tyler Green and linebacker Reakwon Jones.
“I think several of the corners and safeties — Cook and Crawford have looked good at safety,” Wilson said. “Tyler Green, Andre Brown and Devonte Williams at corner. They’ll all be possible special teams-type players. Receivers Westbrook and Thornton have looked very, very solid.”
Wilson played 13 of his 24 true freshman last season and, according to IU football site PuntJohnPunt.com, 40 of the 78 true freshmen to arrive in Bloomington since Wilson took over have played in their first season.
“It’s just a matter of if they’re going to play enough,” Wilson said. “If we need to burn the year, we will.”
After being limited with a shoulder injury for the bulk of Indiana’s preseason camp, Isaac James’ status remains unclear.
The freshman receiver suffered a crack in his scapula after taking a hit from linebacker Dawson Fletcher in early August. Wilson has called it a minor injury that won’t require surgery, but James has missed enough time that a redshirt continues to be part of the conversation.
Wilson said on this week’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that the team is still evaluating whether James may be able to contribute at some point this fall.
“He hasn’t (missed) enough to say he’s out, but he hasn’t gone enough to say he’s kind of in the mix,” Wilson said. “He doesn’t have a major injury, but it’s one that’s taken a little bit more time. We haven’t ruled him out for the season, but as we go there will be a point in time (where) he’ll have enough value to play, or he won’t. Right now, it’s a little too early to tell.”
Before the injury, the speedy Carmel product was expected to challenge for a role as a slot receiver, though Mitchell Paige, Damon Graham and Luke Timian appear to have taken the top three spots on the depth chart for the time being.
247 Sports considered the three-star athlete the No. 5 prospect in the state during the 2015 recruiting cycle. James finished his high school career with over 2,000 rushing yards, 800 passing yards, 200 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns.
We’re back at the Bloomington Holiday Inn this evening for Kevin Wilson’s first radio show of the season.
Inside Indiana Football airs at 7 p.m. with host Don Fischer. Wilson will spend much of the program recapping fall camp and looking ahead to Southern Illinois. He’ll be preceded on the show by player guests Nick Mangieri and Simmie Cobbs. If you can’t make it to the hotel, you should be able to listen online through WHCC’s website.
In the meantime, to satisfy your Wilson fix, here’s one of the promos he shot this summer for Big Ten Network:
Sometime before Indiana opens its season against Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, IU coach Kevin Wilson knows he needs to decide on a backup quarterback.
Wilson said this week that he hasn’t spent much time worrying about the position, but added that the time has come to meet with offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and discuss the options. Wilson was pleased with the way sophomore Zander Diamont looked during the team’s fall camp and, given his preseason performance and his experience over the final six games of last year, Diamont seems to be a fit as Nate Sudfeld’s understudy.
However, the decision is complicated by IU’s desire to give Diamont the redshirt year he lost a season ago.
“Right now, I guess I just have to sort in my mind, long term, we are going to do what’s best for the team this year and then long term, is it best for Zander?” Wilson said. “Can Zander help the team … playing this year? Or can he still be (with) the second team and mop-up duty can come from Nate Boudreau and Danny Cameron, who we have got a lot of confidence in.”
Cameron, a redshirt freshman, was in a head-to-head competition with Diamont for backup reps this August. Wilson has praised both for their development over the span of a year, though the IU coach seems inclined this season to give Cameron an opportunity at the end of games that have already been decided and save Diamont in case Indiana needs its backup to appear in more than a couple series’ worth of action.
Diamont completed 64 of his 132 passes for one touchdown in 2014. (more…)
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An Indiana State Excise Police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that former Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was in the same vehicle with recently dismissed player Emmitt Holt and incoming freshman Thomas Bryant when they were cited Aug. 22 for illegal possession of alcohol.
Cpl. Brandon Thomas said officers involved with the incident were able to confirm that Mosquera-Perea was a backseat passenger along with Holt. Freshman forward Juwan Morgan was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and Bryant was seated in the front passenger seat, officers said. Thomas said officers did not recognize an additional male passenger.
Mosquera-Perea and Morgan were not cited for any offenses.
Holt, 19, and Bryant, 18, were cited at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 22 after uniformed officers allegedly observed each of them in possession of a bottle of vodka while sitting as passengers in a parked vehicle outside Convenient Food Mart in the 1400 block of North Dunn Street. Officers were alerted to five people seated inside the vehicle. Officers said Holt allegedly attempted to conceal a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka as an officer walked past the vehicle. An officer also observed Bryant attempt to conceal a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka, according to the original release.
Mosquera-Perea and then-IU player Devin Davis were each kicked off the team in May after an incident at a campus dorm, where Indiana University Police officers responded to a complaint of marijuana odor coming from a room Davis and Mosquera-Perea occupied. Although only Davis was cited, IU announced dismissals for both players two days later on May 14. (more…)
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Big Ten basketball schedules were released Thursday, and Indiana will start its Big Ten season at Wisconsin Dec. 31.
Four of Indiana’s first six games will be on the road, including trips to Ohio State (Jan. 7) and Purdue (Jan. 10). IU’s first Big Ten home game will come against Michigan on Jan. 3.
Unlike last season, when five of the Hoosiers’ final seven game were on the road, IU will get to play five out of its last eight games at home this season. That eight-game stretch includes home-and-home matchups with Iowa and Nebraska.
IU ends its regular season schedule with a home contest against Penn State on Feb. 27.
The full IU women’s basketball schedule can be seen here.
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