IU’s Oakes is the 2015 Big Ten Kicker of the Year

Whenever Indiana’s Hoosiers starts a football game by kicking off to the opposition these day, it can usually count on the foe having to start from its own 25. After a touchback.

And that’s just one of the many reasons IU redshirt-sophomore Griffin Oakes was announced as the Big Ten Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year by the conference Monday night.

The league released its 2015 defensive and special-teams award winners and, in addition to Oakes, junior defensive tackle Darius Latham, senior defensive end Nick Mangieri, redshirt-soph linebacker Marcus Oliver, redshirt-junior return specialist Mitchell Paide and fifth-year senior outside-linebacker Zack Shaw earned honorable mention from either the coaches or media or both.

Oakes is the first Hoosier kicker to have earned First Team All-Big Ten status since Austin Starr in 2007, having led the league in field goals (22), accuracy (88 percent, on 22 of 25) and place-kicker scoring (9.5 points per game). Oakes has recorded 51 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs and posted a kickoff average of 63.5 yards, also league-leading numbers.

IU’s full press release on Monday’s Big Ten award announcements is below the fold:



Sudfeld wins Big Ten honor for 2nd consecutive week

The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award is in Nate Sudfeld’s possessions for the second consecutive Monday.

Sudfeld was honored by the conference again this week after leading IU to a win over Purdue on Saturday. The senior quarterback became IU’s all-time passing leader (7,490) yards while leading the program to its third consecutive win in the Old Oaken Bucket game. He threw for 350 yards on 18-of-29 passing with a career-high-tying four touchdown passes and one rushing score.

Over IU’s last two games, Sudfeld has thrown for eight scores and scored 10 total touchdowns, while completing 41 of his 64 passes for 735 yards.

Sudfeld shares this week’s honor with Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.


Hoosiers drop out of both polls #iubb

A bad week in Hawaii dumped Indiana from the top 25.

The Hoosiers dropped out of both the USA Today Coaches poll and the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, days removed from losing two of their three games at the Maui Invitational. IU was ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the Coaches poll entering Maui, but poor play in all three games was enough to knock it out of the rankings.

Indiana was fifth among teams also receiving votes in the AP poll with 26.

Three Big Ten teams are included in this week’s AP poll, including No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 Michigan State. Purdue jumped five spots to No. 11.

Indiana will also see No. 7 Duke on Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Hoosiers’ first post-Maui action comes tonight at 7 against Alcorn State at Assembly Hall.

“I just think we have to come out hungry,” sophomore guard Robert Johnson said. “Coming off a trip like that is a disappointment when you don’t play how you wanted to. You want to go out there and get back in a positive direction.


Hoosier Morning

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IU basketball looks to bounce back from a disappointing trip to Maui when it hosts Alcorn State tonight, Mike writes.

Confidence, running back depth, walk-on success and momentum for Kevin Wilson are the things we learned about IU football, Mike writes.

Qualifying for a bowl is big hurdle for Kevin Wilson’s Hoosiers to clear, Andy wrote.

Five factors in the Hoosiers’ win at Purdue, Billy at writes.

Kevin Wilson and staff will spend the next two weeks recruiting for more success, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Film session from Maui on turnovers and ball screen defense, by Ryan Corazza at Inside the Hall.

As frustrated as Hoosier basketball fans are, the time for a decision on Tom Crean is still months away, Kent Sterling writes at

It’s still November when it comes to the Hoosiers, so just breathe, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of the first game of Indiana’s undefeated ’75-76 season, so a rewind to that game story against UCLA, by Ray Marquette of the Indianapolis Star.

Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell fired his offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and defensive tackles coach on Sunday, Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal and Courier writes.

Here’s one for Hoosiers everywhere after Saturday: Kings of Leon with “The Bucket.”


Video: Hoosiers talk Maui, Alcorn State


Where will IU bowl? Here are some options #iufb

Christmas in New York City? That’s one of the bowl possibilities for Indiana’s football team.

Bowl eligible for the first time since 2007, the Hoosiers’ final destination — and opponent — won’t be assured until next Sunday, but at least a few sites are already real possibilities for IU.

The Big Ten has a long list of bowl tie-ins, and the likelihood that up to three conference teams will be included in either the New Year’s Six bowl games or the College Football Playoff means Indiana has a good shot to land either in New York City, Santa Clara or Jacksonville/Nashville.

Of those options, the Pinstripe Bowl could be at the top of the list.

Held at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 26, the Pinstripe Bowl will match Big Ten and ACC opponents, with IU among the early favorites to receive a bid, according to current projections at SB Nation and Campus Insiders. Those projections see Louisville and Miami, respectively, as possible opponents. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass, who echoed coach Kevin Wilson’s desire to see IU matched with a marquee Power 5 opponent, joked after Saturday’s win at Purdue that his wife enjoys taking trips to New York.

She could get her wish.

“I think a bowl game is like some other things I can mention, maybe like cold beer, there’s not any bad ones,” Glass said. “So we’ll be happy where ever we end up. And, as Kevin said, I think we’d enjoy the opportunity to play a quality opponent, an opponent with a national profile. We’ve been playing them all year and we’d like to take that show on the road a little bit.” (more…)


Lolo Jones examines Devine Redding’s hurdling skills #iufb

It’s not clear whether Devine Redding has a history in track and field. His official Indiana biography lists only his participation in football during his high school years in Ohio.

But the Indiana sophomore running back drew the attention of at least one United States Olympian on Saturday.

Lolo Jones, a specialist in the 100-meter hurdles, critiqued Redding’s leap over Purdue safety Brandon Roberts through a series of tweets, acknowledging Redding’s terrific burst while jocularly pointing to his need for polish.

“The good: Great speed approaching into hurdle,” Jones wrote. “The bad: his trail leg (is) so slow whipping around he has too much air time and that allows him to get tackled. C-. Amazing speed into hurdle. But loses that speed (with) a slow, incomplete trail leg, which allows competitors to catch him.”

Beyond the hurdle, which you can watch below, Redding rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 22 carries — averaging 6.5 yards per touch — and he scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Redding recorded the first 100-yard game of his career last week at Maryland.


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