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Dumes, Jobe, Finkelmeier, Gambles prepare for Senior Day

The senior class that says goodbye to Assembly Hall at Saturday’s noon game against Northwestern certainly won’t be the greatest to pass through Indiana. Forget All-Americans or All-Big Ten players, there isn’t a single senior in this class who played all four of his seasons at Indiana.

But it may very well one of the most unique in school history.

There’s Brett Finkelmeier, the only remaining player who was at IU when everything fell apart and Kelvin Sampson’s recruiting scandal rocked the athletic department. The walk-on from Carmel who could have never envisioned playing much when he joined the team found himself starting two games a season ago, and though he never played too much this season, he stuck with the program for one more year before he enrolls in dental school next semester.

“Without a doubt he’s persevered through a lot of different things,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “He’s stayed consistently who he is, from the very beginning of getting to know him, which is a very dilligent student, a very caring guy. He’s had numerous chances that he could have done something different, but he’s stayed with this. He’s played and practiced very hard.” (more…)


Scout: Abraham has flu, pushes back IU trip

I’ve been trying to confirm this since Adam Zagoria tweeted it yesterday, but I think I’m up to 0-for-4 on calls to Moses Abraham’s guardian/trainer Joe Boncore. Regardless, Scout.com’s John Decker reports that Boncore said Abraham has the flu and will push back his visit to Indiana. He also says the Hoosiers are one of Abraham’s four finalists, however. Here’s the link.


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Saffold leads IU at combine

“Rodger crushed it.”

Those words came from Jared Fox, agent for Indiana NFL draft hopefuls Rodger Saffold and Jammie Kirlew. He was talking about the combine in Indianapolis earlier this week, and it was evident by Saffold’s numbers that he wasn’t blowing smoke to get his client a big contract.

The former IU left tackle was listed as a top performer among offensive linemen in four of the six tests of general athletic ability held at the combine. He ranked 12th among lineman with a 29 1/2 inch vertical jump and second with a 9-foot 5-inch broad jump (not that much jumping is involved with offensive line play). He also finished third among lineman in the three-cone drill with a time of 7.42 seconds and eighth in the 20-yard shuttle run with a time of 4.67.

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Randle El looking for a new team

The Washington Redskins have cut former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, according to the Washington Post.

Randle El, 30, was the team’s versatile wide receiver and primary punt returner. He played the past four seasons with the Redskins, but as Coach Mike Shanahan installs his new offense, it’s believed he prefers big receivers and Randle El was left with no obvious spot in the new system.

Randle El was also the primary punt returner, though his return numbers slipped dramatically from the early days of his career, much to the chagrin of fans. He was surprised by the team’s move.

“I am a bit shocked,” he said in a phone interview. “I thought that with a new GM and a new coach – I thought you’d be given a shot to show them what you can do. And I figured that with some of the younger guys who still haven’t proven themselves, they would want to keep the veterans around.

“To be honest, I figured they would want to renegotiate and go from there. But at the same time, I had a high [salary] for next season, so this is what they decided to do. But I know I can still play. I just have to find a team that looks at me as an asset and wants me. That’s the next step.”

Randle El had 530 yards on 50 receptions. Last season marked the first time in his eight-year career that Randle El failed to notch at least one touchdown reception. He started only three games and was supplanted as the team’s flanker before the season and moved to the slot.

He earned $1.5 million in 2009 and was due a base salary of $1.375 million in 2010.


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