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Rahrig goes from walk-on to NFL prospect #iufb

It’s funny for Collin Rahrig to reminisce about the last five years, to think about his arrival in Bloomington as an undersized walk-on and his departure as an NFL prospect.

The years in between saw Rahrig start 36 of the 40 games in which he appeared, 19 of which came at center and the other 17 between left and right guard.

Not bad for a kid from South Bend who didn’t plan to play football at IU when he enrolled in 2010.

“You don’t really expect that four or five years later, this is what you’re gonna be doing,” Rahrig said with a smile after showing off for scouts at Wednesday’s Pro Day.

His task now is proving to those scouts that he’ll be able to stick as a guard or center at the next level. It’s a challenge considering how so many NFL teams try to survive with seven linemen instead of eight. The desire of some teams to keep an extra cornerback or an extra tight end often means one less spot is available for a lineman on the depth chart. But in the right situation, IU coach Kevin Wilson believes Rahrig can stick.

Wilson likened Rahrig to former Oklahoma center Jon Cooper, who has the same build and body as the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Rahrig and spent three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 2009-11.

“He’ll have a great chance of, like Adam Replogle, being a practice squad guy,” Wilson said. “The real niche for him, and I was just talking to one of the scouts out there, you have make-it ability, and make-it talent. But it’s gonna be difficult because of number spaces and the flexibility of what you bring.” (more…)

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Lemonis tempers hopes for Ramos’ return #iubase

A week ago Indiana coach Chris Lemonis seemed hopeful that shortstop Nick Ramos would be able to return from a left hand injury and play in one of the Hoosiers’ midweek games against Indiana State or Evansville.

That didn’t happen.

Lemonis tempered those hopes after Tuesday’s loss to the Sycamores, saying Ramos isn’t quite ready to jump back into IU’s lineup. It’s possible Ramos could be back this weekend at first-place Illinois, but don’t count on it.

“That hand takes awhile,” Lemonis said. “You gotta be right because if you bring them back too early, they slump on you. So you wanna make him right and make sure he’s ready to compete.”

Ramos has lightly participated in pregame baseball activities, but hasn’t played in a game since March 11. The Tampa, Fla. native started all 14 games at shortstop prior to his injury.

In two-plus seasons, Ramos is batting .248 with 77 hits, 52 RBIs, 42 runs, 17 doubles, three triples and a .400 slugging percentage.

He earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Feb. 16 after picking up three hits and driving in three runs during IU’s season-opening series at Stanford.

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IU looks to snap midweek skid vs. Evansville #iubase

FINAL: EVANSVILLE 2, INDIANA 1. The Hoosiers drop their third consecutive midweek game with a big series at first-place Illinois looming on Friday.

14th INNING: Scott Donley dropped what should have been the first out of the inning at first base, allowing Eric McKibban to reach on the error. Stewart Nelson moved McKibban to second on a sac bunt and No. 9 hitter Travis Tokarek drove him in on a single through the middle. It was an unearned run against Evan Bell, who replaced Ryan Halstead after the IU closer struck out seven batters in three innings. Indiana loaded the bases on a walk and a pair of two-out infield singles from Will Nolden and Isaiah Pasteur before pinch hitter Chris Lowe struck out to end the game. EVANSVILLE 2, INDIANA 1.

ELEVENTH INNING: Ryan Halstead notches two strikeouts in a perfect top half of the inning, but IU throws the bottom half of the inning away on what looked like a botched hit-and-run. With one out, Scott Donley reached first on an E6, but was thrown out at second when Logan Sowers couldn’t make contact on a 2-1 pitch up and in. Sowers struck out on the next pitch and another inning awaits. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

TENTH INNING: Shaine Showers worked a leadoff walk against Luke Harrison, who earned the next two outs — the second of which was a grounder to third base that allowed Showers to reach second base. Harrison intentionally walked Aces cleanup batter Kevin Kaczmarski to face Jonathan Ramon, who grounded out to second base. Demetrius Webb worked a one-out walk, but Will Nolden struck out and Brad Hartong lined out to centerfield on the first pitch he saw. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1.

NINTH INNING: Luke Harrison ran out of the bullpen and retired the side in order. Unfortunately for IU, Evansville reliever Conor Gilligan did the same in the bottom half. To extras we go. Hoosiers 3-1 in extra-inning games this season. INDIANA 1, EVANSVILLE 1. (more…)

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IUWBB: Hoosiers add Tyshee Towner

If there was ever a player that matched the direction of Teri Moren’s program, Wabash Valley head coach Zach Loll couldn’t think of anyone better than Tyshee Towner.

Will she defend?

“There aren’t a lot of players that say they want to thrive on being a great defender,” Loll said. “And she really does. She looks forward to that challenge.”

Athleticism?

For that, it was hard for Loll to even contain his comparison to the basketball court. He harkened back to a Hall of Fame running back instead.

“Her lateral quickness, my mind immediately thinks of Barry Sanders, because of her ability to change directions so quickly.”

In Moren’s second add of the offseason, announced Wednesday, she acquired a player that couldn’t check any more of her boxes. The junior college All-American not only averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, but she fancies herself a defender first. (more…)

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Back from a broken toe, Tevin Coleman shows off for NFL scouts at Pro Day #iufb

When Tevin Coleman thinks about the broken toe, the one he kept hidden over the second half of last season, he imagines what could have been.

He thinks of all the yards he left on the table, as if 2,036 weren’t enough. He remembers the toughness required to set Indiana’s single season rushing record, running for 1,195 of those yards on a broken sesamoid bone in his right foot.

Then he looks ahead at his future as an NFL running back, knowing that if he could dominate as he did as a roughed up, broken college junior at IU, there is another level he can reach as a professional.

“I’ve played with a broken toe for a long time,” Coleman said. “I still rushed for a lot of yards. The durability is there. … I did it with a broken toe, so being healthy, I’ll be much faster and more explosive. I’ll be ready.”

There were no surprises during Coleman’s Pro Day at IU on Wednesday, and that’s not a bad thing. Coleman demonstrated his speed, running a 40-yard dash clocked between the mid 4.3 to low 4.4 second range, and showed his agility as rusher to representatives from all 32 NFL teams.

The toe injury, which he initially suffered against North Texas on Oct. 4 and aggravated on Nov. 8 against Penn State, is finally healed and no longer a secret. At the time, Coleman told only IU running backs coach Deland McCullough, strength coach Mark Hill and his father, Wister, keeping the injury hidden — and undetectable — as he ran his way into Indiana’s record books.

“It was real painful,” Coleman said. “But I had to stick through it and fight through it. I’m a competitor and I wasn’t going to let my team down. I played every game. … A lot of teams talked to me about that and said I’m a tough guy because I played through that, so it was a real advantage — not getting hurt, but playing through that injury.”

Coleman has been working out in Miami since Indiana’s season ended, waiting for his injury to heal and preparing for the draft, which begins on April 30.

Most mock drafts have Coleman as a second- or third-round prospect. CBS projects him to go 17th in the second round to the San Diego Chargers. The consensus All-American has visited Dallas, Baltimore, Carolina and Detroit, with a trip to Atlanta planned for next Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Colts gave Coleman some local attention on Wednesday. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton spoke with Coleman and watched him run routes out of the backfield and participate in combine drills.

From here, Coleman said, he’s looking forward to watching the draft with his family in two weeks.

“They’re really pumped and hyped about draft day and I’m jsut ready for that day to come,” Coleman said. “It’s a dream come true, really.”

To read more on Coleman, his Pro Day and the injury he hid from nearly everybody, check into heraldtimesonline.com later today.

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IU baseball travels to Indiana State #iubase

FINAL: Indiana State 6, Indiana 2. There were some positives step forward for Will Coursen-Carr, but not enough to get the junior left-hander into the win column. Indiana picked up eight hits, smacked some other balls hard, but stranded eight runners. Scott Donley picked up two hits and Logan Sowers, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week earlier in the day, extended his hitting streak to five games with a third-inning single. The Hoosiers return home to face Evansville on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

SEVENTH INNING: Indiana gets one run back on Brad Hartong’s RBI groundout in the top half before ISU responds with Andy Young’s two-run homer off Austin Foote in the bottom half. INDIANA STATE 6, INDIANA 2.

SIXTH INNING: Hoosiers go down in order in the top half. Austin Cangelosi smoked a ball to centerfield, but it hung in the air long enough for Landon Curry to retreat and track it down. Austin Foote worked his way out of a jam in the bottom half of the inning, striking out Foote on a breaking pitch to end the inning and strand a pair of runners in scoring position. INDIANA STATE 4, INDIANA 1.

FIFTH INNING: Hoosiers managed only a one-out single by Brad Hartong in the top half, stranding their catcher on first base. Austin Foote replaced Will Coursen-Carr to start the inning, and Foote retired the side in order using a pair of strikeouts. Coursen-Carr charged with all four ISU runs, yielding five hits, three walks and two strikeouts, while throwing 74 pitches, 49 for strikes. INDIANA STATE 4, INDIANA 1.

FOURTH INNING: The Hoosiers threaten in the top half of the inning, loading the bases on back-to-back singles by Austin Cangelosi and Will Nolden, followed by a walk by Isaiah Pasteur. But Colby Stratten flew out to the opposite field, stranding all three on the bases. The Hoosiers could’ve used at least one run because ISU added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Sycamores loaded the bases against Coursen-Carr with no outs, driving in a run on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Tyler Friis. Coursen-Carr retired the next two batters without issue, but IU’s hole deepened. INDIANA STATE 4, INDIANA 1.

THIRD INNING: The Hoosiers were nearly out of the inning, and Coursen-Carr out of a jam. But Indiana State’s Jacob Hayes pulled a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run homer that gives the Sycamores a 3-1 lead. Craig Dedelow picked up an error after the blast, sprinting from centerfield and calling off Colby Stratten when he tried to make a catch in the infield dirt. Dedelow dropped the ball trying to make a basket catch and the inning continued until Stratten made a nice play going to his right on a grounder to second. INDIANA STATE 3, INDIANA 1. (more…)

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IUWBB: Hoosiers officially announce addition of Elbert

Indiana women’s basketball officially announced the addition of Tia Elbert from Marquette Tuesday.

The 5-foot-7 freshman will sit out the 2015-16 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Here is head coach Teri Moren’s statement on Elbert:

“We are very excited to add Tia to our Hoosier family,” Moren said.  “She is a quick point guard who takes pride in her defense and will provide our team with some toughness.  She has proven her ability at the collegiate level.  Tia is a very hard worker who is going to use this next year to improve her game so that she will be able to help our team reach our high goals.”

Elbert averaged 8.6 points and three assists per game as a freshman at Marquette. Her production landed her a spot on the Big East’s All-Freshman team.

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