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Indiana got a commit from its second linebacker in under 24 hours and its fifth in the class of 2013 on Tuesday with the commitment of Iowa Western Community College linebacker Steven Funderburk.
Funderburk had originally signed and enrolled at Tulane and transferred to Iowa Western before this season. More to come.
UPDATE: Steven Funderburk wasn’t Iowa Western’s middle linebacker, but he operated as the quarterback on the defense all the same. In his lone season in junior college after transferring in from Tulane, Funderburk recorded 49 tackles. including 7.5 for loss on a Reivers squad that won the NJCAA National Championship.
“He was a field general for me,” Iowa Western defensive coordinator Mike Blackbourn said. “My middle linebacker usually makes the call, but he was like another coach on the field. He really was. He reads things very well. He was further along than a lot of my other defensive players were even though they had already been in the scheme for two years.”
Blackbourn said Funderburk played as a strongside linebacker and mostly operated in the box but could get out in the field and cover if necessary.
“He’s a physical guy,” Blackbourn said. “He’s got athletic ability to be able to make plays out in space. He put the finishing touch on our national championship game. It was 4th and 9 late, and we already had the game in hand. It was 27-7. But they got the ball about midfield, they had their running back swing out of the backfield and he absolutely put him into next week.”
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