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Nate Sudfeld returned to competitive action, Zander Diamont threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Crimson team, comprised of the first team defense and second team offense, beat Cream 13-10 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Sudfeld looked smooth and in control running IU’s first team offense, completing 17 of his 24 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown and one interception. His scoring pass was a three-yard strike to tight end Anthony Corsaro, while his lone pick went into the hands of defensive lineman Darius Latham.
On Latham’s return, Sudfeld went to tackle Latham before better ideas prevailed.
“I was not smart,” Sudfeld said with a smile. “I was waiting for them to blow the whistle.”
Diamont threw both of his touchdown passes to Damon Graham, including the game-winner on a 13-yard toss with four seconds remaining. Crimson running back Ricky Brookins, a walk-on from Terre Haute, had a fine day on the ground, running for 107 yards on 16 carries.
Tegray Scales led the Crimson defense with eight tackles. Crimson teammate Clyde Newton recorded five tackles, including a pair of sacks.
Between both teams, the Indiana defense posted 10 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, one fumble forced by Kiante Walton and Latham’s interception.
Thomas Bryant is closer to officially being a Hoosier.
The McDonald’s All-American signed his letter of intent Friday, according to Huntington Prep coach Arkell Bruce, becoming the third member of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class. Bryant committed to IU on April 4.
Indiana has not confirmed receipt of Bryant’s paperwork as of Saturday and IU officials cannot comment to verify an NLI until it clears.
Bryant’s signing means the Hoosiers are currently one scholarship over the NCAA limit of 13, though point guard Yogi Ferrell will announce on April 25 his intention to either return to IU for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft.
Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center from Rochester, N.Y., is the crown jewel of IU’s latest recruiting class. He’s a four-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, where he’s also considered the No. 9 center in the nation. He picked Indiana over finalists Syracuse, Kentucky and Missouri, and believing he could be the missing piece in next year’s Indiana lineup.
“I sense it a lot with the coaching staff, players and with the fans, too,” Bryant said after last weekend’s Derby Festival Classic in Louisville. “I sense that real urge and real need (for a big man).”
Bryant’s arrival in Bloomington, as well as the possibility of Ferrell staying in school for his final year of eligibility, is expected to bump the Hoosiers into the Nos. 15-20 range — and possibly higher — when preseason polls are released for the 2015-16 season.
An athletic big man who can run the floor and man the post with agility, Bryant has plans to stay at IU for at least two years. When asked last week, Bryant didn’t completely rule out jumping at a one-and-done possibility, but said he wants to get as much out of the Indiana experience as he can.
“There’s a lot of work I need to do, a lot of development,” Bryant said. “You just want to enjoy college, too. You’re only going to do this once, too, so why waste it?”
Although Indiana is oversigned, coach Tom Crean isn’t done recruiting for 2015. Mychal Mulder, a 6-foot-4 guard from Vincennes Junior College, was offered this week, while the Hoosiers continue to wait on 7-foot center Thon Maker, a five-star prospect who reportedly lists IU, Kentucky and Kansas as his final three choices.
As her son made his first career start during last Friday’s game against Rutgers, Kris Stratten felt too nervous to sit still.
So she walked down the first base concourse at Bart Kaufman Field and stood near the foul pole to watch her son, Colby, take his place at second base as a member of Indiana’s starting lineup.
That left her husband, Gary, and her daughter, Kaity, in the stands with each other. Kaity made the trip home from Wisconsin to watch Indiana’s weekend series with the Scarlet Knights and was surprised to see her brother in the lineup, while Gary just sat there in silence, twitching as he watched his son in the field.
“I’m glad I (gave him something to twitch about),” Colby said.
The former Bloomington North star came through in his first weekend as a starter at Indiana, collecting four hits in 10 at-bats and driving in two runs in Saturday’s win. To play at home for the local crowd was a point of pride for Stratten, who committed to IU two years ago as The Herald-Times All-Area Player of the Year.
To be able to deliver at the plate in an Indiana uniform was even better.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Stratten said. “I definitely thought about it back then, but just doing it now is a whole other thing.”
Stratten redshirted last season, and has appeared in seven games this spring, recording six hits, including a double and a triple in 14 at-bats.
At second base, he’s familiar with the Bart Kaufman Field turf from playing at the stadium during the 2013 North-South game. Now he gets to share the facility with former crosstown rival Jake Kelzer, a right-hander who has emerged as Indiana’s Saturday starter this season.
“It’s been awesome,” Kelzer said. “Colby is a great teammate, a great player, and just to see him get these ABs and make plays in the infield is just awesome, considering we grew up together. We’re out there making plays and it’s fun.”
Kevin Wilson has the kind of offensive line he envisioned building when he took the Indiana job in 2010.
There is depth, athleticism and, probably most importantly, size.
Of all the positions Wilson has evaluated through the first 11 practices of the spring, the line may be of the least concern.
“The group in general is an extremely solid group with depth and there’s diversity between experience and youth and talent throughout that group,” Wilson said on Thursday’s Big Ten Teleconference.
Left tackle Jason Spriggs and right guard Dan Feeney are the stalwarts up front. Jake Reed, who started four games at center late last season, returns to the position, while Wilson said Ohio State transfer Tim Gardner is now the starting right tackle and Dimitric Camiel has been moved from tackle to IU’s starting left guard.
That means the Hoosiers have a pair of 6-foot-7 bodies in Spriggs and Camiel manning a massive left side of the line.
All told, Indiana’s current projected offensive line boasts an average height of 6-foot-5.5 and an average weight of 305.5. For comparison’s sake, Wilson inherited a line that averaged 6-4, 295 across the starting lineup early in his first season.
Wilson likes how the line looks as IU’s spring approaches its ending, taking satisfaction in the depth that has been established across the board.
“Wes Martin has done very, very well – a very strong player as a young guy,” Wilson said. “Delroy Baker is really coming into his own. D’Andre (Herron) has had his best spring, his best winter and he’s lost weight. He’s down to 305. All four of those guys are all in our two deep and doing very well.”
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