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Not much of a shake-up to speak of on this week’s depth chart. Only change I notice is Brandon McGhee and Lee Rose flip-flopped spots at weakside linebacker. Other than that, no changes. Despite their respective returns, Duwyce Wilson and Ted Bolser are not listed on the depth chart. Not sure what to make of that considering that Wilson led the team in receiving on Saturday. Guessing the offense guys just cut and pasted. Anyway. It follows.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 285, Sr./5th
71 Bill Ivan, 6-4, 282, So./Fr.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-7, 285, Sr./Jr.
73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 278, Fr./Fr. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Andy reviews Indiana’s loss to Virginia.
The No. 10 Indiana men’s soccer team is off to its best start since 2005.
From Sunday’s paper, Indiana lost another heartbreaker, I wrote.
The white-helmeted Hoosiers went down swinging, Andy wrote.
Bloomington North graduate D’Angelo Roberts felt comfortable in his first home game as a Hoosier, Lynn Houser wrote.
2. INDIANA FOOTBALL
The Hoosiers are trying to build from losses by holding themselves accountable, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Sean Morrison of Inside Indiana runs through the keys to Saturday’s loss, (subscription required.) (more…)
For much of the game, it appeared that Indiana would be looking for a miraculous comeback. Down 23-3, it would look more miraculous by the second.
That is, until that miracle came. With a strange turn of events that resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown, a late-game interception, and an exceptional late running game, a miracle seemed within reach. The Hoosiers had the lead, 31-23 with six minutes and change remaining.
And then, just as soon as it came, Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson stole it away. Literally.
Johnson yanked the ball out of quarterback Ed Wright-Baker’s hands with the game tied, 31-31. From there, the Cavaliers only had to spend 30 seconds of the clock and kick a field goal, and the game was theirs.
It was a game of mistake-and-response. And after so many mistakes on both sides, it was Indiana’s mistake in the game’s final minute that would be most important.
The Hoosiers’ loss gave Virginia coach Mike London the first road win of his coaching regime. But for Indiana, the loss was another tough non-conference loss, bringing the Hoosiers to 0-2 and in desperate need of a win against South Carolina State next weekend.
PREGAME: Indiana in white helmets for the first time since the mid-1960s. Egad. A serious aesthetic abomination to my eyes. I was already trying to reconcile my sensibilities with white shoes, too, that debuted last week. Adidas again botches the uniform color, and there really is no excuse for that, at the end of the day. Definitely more red than crimson. But it the Hoosiers pull the upset today, we’d likely have to get used to this look.
Paltry crowd, as of now, too, just before kickoff. Even the knothole field isn’t as crowded as usual. But there were some serious crowds in the tailgate areas and doubtless some fans are stuck in traffic, so we’ll see. The fly-over was mis-timed, arriving during IU’s alma mater rather than The Star Spangled Banner. But enough grousing. Ready or not, Hoosier Nation, the Kevin Wilson era at Memorial Stadium is upon us. I’ll have some commentary during the game, as always, here on The Scoop, below the fold.
We are having some computer issues at the press box, so if there aren’t any posts for a period of time, it’s likely due to that. We’ve been getting booted off-line along press row.
Indiana went to Georgia looking for a defensive tackle. The Hoosiers came back with a cornerback.
Indiana is one of 19 schools — including Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Nebraska and Stanford — who have sent scholarship offers to defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins from Eastside High School in Covington, Ga. While recruiting Rankins, the Hoosiers discovered his teammate cornerback Dante Blackmon. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder committed to Indiana on Thursday, choosing the Hoosiers over scholarship offers from Buffalo and Appalachian State and interest from Purdue, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Georgia Southern.
Eastside coach Rick Hurst said the Hoosiers got a steal.
“He’s got great feet,” Hurst said. “He’s very aggressive at corner. He has great speed as well. Plus at his height, that makes him a valued asset at corner. He’s 5-11, so he’s not a short 5-8 kid and he can match up with some bigger receivers.”
Hurst said Blackmon was also Eastside’s leading receiver last year, grabbing 33 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns. He had four interceptions last season, taking one back for a touchdown. He already has an interception this season.
“ He has a good nose for the ball,” Hurst said. “He understands what receivers do. Covers well and when he makes a mistake, he can recover quickly. And when the ball is in his hands, he can make a play.”
Blackmon is the Hoosiers’ 18th commitment in the 2011 class.
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