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Freshman forward De’Ron Davis lands on campus #iubb

Indiana’s full 2016 recruiting class is finally on campus.

Freshman forward De’Ron Davis arrived in Bloomington on Sunday morning, according to Overland (Colo.) High School coach Danny Fisher. In a text message sent to The Herald-Times, Fisher says the 6-foot-10, four-star recruit is “ready to go.” Fall semester on the Bloomington campus begins Monday.

Davis’ arrival was delayed while he tended to academic obligations back home in Aurora, Colo. The first three members of IU’s class, guards Devonte Green, Curtis Jones and Grant Gelon, each began taking classes and participating in team workouts in June.

Junior college wing Freddie McSwain, the fourth recruited member of the class, arrived in Bloomington on Aug. 14. He, too, had to fulfill an academic obligation before he could join the Hoosiers.

Davis earned Mr. Basketball honors in Colorado as a senior, finishing his high school career with a state-record 441 blocks. He originally chose IU over Mississippi State last November.


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Buckner, May helped U.S. recover gold 40 years ago

Indiana University’s Quinn Buckner and Scott May not only went undefeated and won a national title in 1976 but also a gold medal for the United States. The Americans were trying to put the bitterness of losing the gold to the Soviet Union four years earlier behind. Here’s a significant portion of my story from earlier this week, recounting the events of 40 years ago:

What happened four years prior was anything but forgotten when players convened for the 1976 Olympic Trials under North Carolina coach Dean Smith.

“We saw how the ‘72 team was handled and thought gold medals and championships were part of the American fabric,” Buckner said. “We didn’t have much conversation about that as a team, and Coach Smith kept it in perspective. He made sure we were prepared to go through the process. But no question I had it on my mind.”

Smith chose four of his own players for the squad — Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak and Tom LaGarde — plus Buckner and May from the national champion Hoosiers. Also on the team were Adrian Dantley of Notre Dame, Phil Hubbard of Michigan, Ernie Grunfeld of Tennessee and three more ACC players.

“I think (Coach Smith) showed us the film of the ‘72 game, the controversy they had at the end of the game,” May said. “And it was pretty self-explanatory of what you saw. We were on a mission, and no matter who was in the way, we went out and played the way that we played.”


Gest, Enis bring versatility to roles on offense #iufb

Freshmen Cole Gest and Kiante Enis bring the kind of versatility and flexibility to Indiana’s offense that Kevin Wilson loves.

Both can run, catch passes and add another measure of explosion to the IU attack.

Although they both began fall camp at running back, Enis will enter the season at a different position. IU moved the former Winchester star to receiver to add size and further skill to its depth in the slot. Given J-Shun Harris’ season-ending ACL injury, Enis offers further help as a member of Indiana’s receiving corps.

And with so much depth in IU’s backfield, the Hoosiers just want to make sure he has a chance to see the field in 2016.

“Kiante is a young man with a world of ability,” offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said. “He’s as fast as anyone we have on our team. He’s a big, 195-, 200-pound kid so he has the physical tools, he has the speed that you want. We wanted to get him on the field somewhere.”

Running back seemed to be a good fit for the 6-foot-2 all-state prospect. Enis closed his high school career ninth on Indiana’s all-time rushing list with 7,014 yards on 714 carries, while scoring 98 rushing touchdowns.

Now, IU wants to see if his skill set can translate to a full-time move to receiver.

“If you’re not careful right now, with our running back depth, he could be sitting on the bench,” Johns said. “So let’s just see if we can’t find a way to get him in the mix some way. Special teams as a returner, as a wide receiver — we gotta find a way to hopefully put the ball in his hands and see if he can make plays.” (more…)


IU likes its options at running back #iufb

Deland McCullough sits at home some nights and lets his mind wander.

The Indiana running backs coach jots down notes and ideas, devising ways to find carries for his charges in a loaded Hoosier backfield.

“I’m like, ‘Man, he can do this, Devine (Redding) can do this, (Mike) Majette can do this, Cole (Gest) can do this.'” McCullough said. “… You got a lot of good things going on and it’s exciting.”

Sustained depth at running back is a welcome luxury as Indiana introduces a new starting quarterback. As many as eight players could factor into the Hoosiers’ ground attack this fall, and while such a situation is ripe for a logjam, McCullough is confident he can make this work.

With Jordan Howard now in the NFL, IU appears set to hand the reigns to Redding, who finished strong and rushed for 1,012 yards as a junior last year. Redding, too, will have help at the position.

Majette also has the skill set to fill a variety of roles, while Gest is a dynamic runner and a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Devonte Williams, who played corner as a freshman in 2015, is built similar to Gest and will rotate onto the field.

Then there’s IU’s newfound power game, which will feature 280-pound freshman Tyler Natee and 225-pound linebacker Clyde Newton, who will play both ways in situational roles.

IU also likes walk-on Alex Rodriguez, who scored a touchdown in last December’s Pinstripe Bowl, and the team is looking forward to the debut of Camion Patrick, who could enter the fold by the start of Big Ten season in October. An ACL injury has sidelined Patrick since the spring, but Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has called the junior college transfer the best player on the roster.

So how does IU manage such a crew? It could all depend on the situation. (more…)


VIDEO: Indiana University Football Media Availability – 8/19/2016

Offensive Coordinator Kevin Johns talks to the media after practice on August 19, 2016.



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