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Tandon Doss runs past the Michigan defense earlier this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Northwestern has confirmed that wide receivers coach Kevin Johns is leaving the program to be Indiana’s new wide receivers coach under coach Kevin Wilson.
Johns has been with the Wildcats for the past six seasons and was also an assistant at Northwestern from 1999-2001 when he worked with Wilson, then the offensive coordinator. Johns, a 1998 graduate of Dayton, was also a graduate assistant at Richmond from 2002-03.
Johns, who was also listed as the passing game coordinator at Northwestern, coached walk-on Zeke Markshausen to All-Big Ten honors last season and previously little known wideout Jeremy Ebert to the Big Ten receiving yardage title this year.
On one hand, Tandon Doss saw the opportunity to sure up his family’s financial situation for the first time ever. On the other hand, he saw a situation that was promising but uncertain.
So instead of taking a chance on a new coaching staff and a new quarterback, the Indiana junior wide receiver declared that he will enter the NFL Draft this year. Doss said he talked to the NFL Draft advisory board, and though he couldn’t reveal specific information, he said he heard he could be taken in a high enough round that it was worth leaving.
“It’s probably too good to pass up,” Doss said by phone Monday. “There probably wasn’t a lot I could do to improve my draft stock. It could have hurt me not getting as many balls. I had to take it and run with it.”
Doss said he made the decision this weekend after discussion with his family, which was the primary factor in his decision. Doss, an Indianapolis native, was raised by a single mother, Nikki, who has also had to support his brother Anthony. Anthony has been diagnosed as a schizophrenic and has been in jail as well as various mental institutions. Anthony is now living at home, though, and Tandon hopes to make enough money to support both of them.
“They’ve been there for me the whole time,” Tandon said. “We haven’t had the greatest life, but we’ve made the most of our financial situations. I have an opportunity to take care of them and help with their financial struggles. We shouldn’t have to worry about that anymore.”
Doss said he’s in the process of narrowing down his list of potential agents, and will soon begin training for the NFL Draft combine.
Indiana has made it official. The release proclaiming that Tandon Doss has declared for the NFL Draft just came out. It follows.
TANDON DOSS TO DECLARE FOR NFL DRAFT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana wide receiver Tandon Doss announced Monday that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2011 NFL Draft. Doss earned first team All-Big Ten recognition for the second straight season in 2010.
“While my experience at Indiana was great, my decision came down to the fact that I could not pass up the opportunity to start my professional career,” Doss said. “Entering the NFL Draft was the best decision for myself, and most importantly, my family. My experience at IU was great and helped lay the foundation for my future. I can assure you that I will work hard and represent Indiana University in a first-class manner.
“I would like to thank Coach Lynch, Coach Billy Lynch, all my coaches, the training staff and the support staff,” Doss said. “I also wish Coach Wilson and his staff the best of luck. I know they will do a great job. Lastly, I want to thank all the Indiana fans for their support. I hope all of you will continue to follow me as I move on to the NFL.”
As you’d expect after Indiana allowed Ohio State to score 85 points on 60.5 percent shooting on Friday defense has been a priority in the Hoosiers’ practices since.
“Eighty percent of our practices have been on defense,” junior guard Verdell Jones said. “… We’ve been working our butts off.”
And it’s just been on the basics. Defending the dribble. Communicating on the pick and roll. Rotating.
“It’s our team defense,” Jones said. “Our individual defense hasn’t been very good, so our team defense has to be great. Help side has to be great and things like that. That’s our biggest weakness right now.” (more…)
Tandon Doss told coach Kevin Wilson that he will enter the NFL Draft, according to the Indiana Daily Student’s Justin Albers.
The source said Doss is declaring now because he believes his stock is as high as it is going to get, especially since the Hoosiers will have a young starting quarterback next season.
Doss caught 63 passes for 706 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.
Asked after the Purdue game if he would be back in 2011, Doss said this: “Right now I am happy with the win. I’ll look at that in a couple of weeks and see what my decision is.”
He has not spoken publicly since then.
The five assistant coaches Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has hired to date were made available to the press on Monday afternoon. Much of the topics of discussion centered on things you’ve already heard from them, about the fact that each of the defensive assistants has worked with at least one of the others, about the potential Bo Pelini influence in the defense and about their hope to be more aggressive on defense.
Co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory was particularly insightful, though, on the specifics of how a co-defensive coordinator situation could work. He was ina similar situation at Louisiana State. He explained how that situation worked.
“We put the game plan together. We were on the same page as we put it together. We worked on it all week. We kind of modified it as the week went on. As we got in to the game, we had one guy who called it. There may have been situations where the other guy had a different feel for that situation, maybe he called it. But our last year at LSU, we had one guy who called it. … Most of the calls are put together before the game starts. Then what it comes down to is how you adjust the call. If you’re making a particular call and you’re getting hurt, then what’s your next call? What’s your next adjustment? How do you get that adjusted? But I think there’s constant adjustment between the coordinators. One will be in the box, one will be on the sideline. Then it’s just constant communication between each other. There may be a time where one might say, ‘You’ve got an answer for what I’ve been calling. Do you have any thoughts on that. But I think it’s proven that it’s worked, and I think it will work well between Mike and I.”
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