This is the fourth in a series on IU football by position.
PROJECTED STARTERS: LT Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 306, Jr.; LG Pete Saxon, 6-6, 310, Jr.; C Alex Perry, 6-7, 300, So.; RG Cody Faulkner, 6-5, 315, So.; RG Mike Stark, 6-7, 300, So.
STARTERS LOST: C Ben Wyss (started 11 games), RG/C John Sandberg (started 13 games), RT Charlie Emerson (started 10 games).
KEY RESERVES: LG Jarrod Smith, 6-4, 300, So.; LT Andrew McDonald, 6-5, 280, Fr.; RT Dennis Zeigler, 6-7, 350, Fr.
2007 REVIEW: Hobbled by injuries, the line held together to allow Kellen Lewis to have one of the most prolific seasons at QB in IU history. It also became more assertive at blocking for the backs late in the year, as Indiana ran for 219 yards on the way to reclaiming the Old Oaken Bucket.
Tandon Doss is back with the team today, according to Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag.
The 6-foot-3 freshman wide receiver from Ben Davis hadn’t practiced with team since last Thursday because of an “academic issue” that the NCAA Eligibility Center had to review. That issue has been resolved, allowing Doss to return to practice.
Doss had been an early standout of IU’s preseason camp, earning practice reps with the No. 1 Hoosier offense.
This morning is full of good Hoosier news. Former IU track star David Neville won a bronze medal in Beijing today as part of a US sweep in the 400.
Here’s the release from IU:
BEIJING, China – Former Hoosier All-American David Neville finished third in the finals of the 400-meter dash on Thursday to complete a sweep of the medals by Team USA. The finish makes the Merrillville, Ind. native the first individual Olympic medalist for Indiana track and field since Willie May took the silver medal in the 1960 games and the first medalist in any event since 1984.
Neville, who raced out of lane nine, finished in 44.80 seconds, which was just six hundredths of a second behind defending gold medalist and fellow American Jeremy Wariner, who took the silver. The gold went to LaShawn Merritt, also of the United States. The sweep marks the second consecutive Olympic Games in which the Americans have stocked the medal stand in the men’s 400m dash.
“Anytime a former IU track and field athlete performs on the world stage, it brings honor to our program, and we are very proud of David’s accomplishment,” said Indiana director and head coach of track and field Ron Helmer.
Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion and a five-time All-American at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.
Neville will return to action in the 4x400m relay on Friday. The first heat for the relays is slated to start at 8:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 22.
IU has just announced that safety Jerimy Finch has received a waiver that will allow him to play in games this season, rather than sit out a year after transferring from Florida.
Here’s the entire release from IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ian Rickerby, Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance, announced Thursday that he has been notified by the NCAA that the Subcommittee on Legislative Relief (SLR) waiver submitted on Jerimy Finch’s behalf has been granted. The ruling is consistent with similar cases involving extenuating personal circumstances.
This means that the sophomore safety will be able to compete immediately for Indiana University beginning this fall. The Indianapolis native came to IU this summer after attending the University of Florida a year ago.
The 6-1, 215-pounder appeared in three games at linebacker for the Gators before suffering a broken leg vs. Tennessee that ended his season. He collected seven total tackles (four solo) and was one of three true freshmen to record an interception. Finch picked off his pass against Tennessee and added three tackles in the Gators’ victory.
He attended Warren Central High School, where he was rated the No. 1 safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the top player in the Hoosier state by Rivals.com and Scout.com in 2007. As a senior, he helped lead Warren Central to its fourth consecutive Class 5A state title, the first high school football team to accomplish that feat in the state of Indiana. Finch collected Class 5A all-state honors in both his senior and junior years.
Third in a series of position previews
PROJECTED STARTERS: OLB Will Patterson, 6-1, 235, Jr.; MLB Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 236, Jr.; OLB Geno Johnson, 6-2, 230, Sr.
STARTERS LOST: MLB Adam McClurg (started 13 games)
KEY RESERVES: OLB Justin Carrington, 6-0, 225, Jr.; OLB Darius Johnson, 6-0, 235, Fr.; MLB Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 235, So.
2007 REVIEW: The linebackers were in on plenty of tackles (all five who were regulars in the rotation finished in the top 12 on the team in tackles) but, like the rest of the defense, struggled against more physical opponents.
Morgan Newton, the dynamic quarterback from Carmel, is set to make his college choice known on Thursday.
Though Newton has said he’ll choose one of six schools, including Indiana, it appears the Hoosiers are a long-shot at this point to land the 5-star who is ranked by Scout.com the No. 7 QB in the class of 2009 and No. 18 at his position by Rivals.com.
We’ll try to monitor the situation but right now there’s been little indication that Indiana has moved to the forefront, but Newton himself has said he might not make the decision until right before the announcement.
His coach at Carmel is Mo Moriarity, the former Bloomington South head man who had a stint as an assistant at Indiana.
Indiana already has commitments from 3-star prospects Dustin Kiel (Columbus) and Edward Wright-Baker (Jeffersonville).
The Big Ten Network will have an 8-1/2 hour block of Indiana football coverage Wednesday night. Here’s the schedule:
6pm â€“ Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review
6:30pm â€“ Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana (debut)
7pm â€“ Big Tenâ€™s Greatest Games: 2007 Purdue at Indiana
9pm â€“ Big Ten Tonight: Indiana Football Practice (repeat from last week)
10:30pm â€“ Indiana 2007-08 Year in Review
11pm â€“ Big Ten Football Preview: Indiana
11:30pm â€“ Big Tenâ€™s Greatest Games: 1999 Illinois at Indiana