Murphy, Hoobler, Taylor earn Big Ten All-Freshman honors

Indiana linebacker Chase Hoobler, safety Mark Murphy and left guard Bernard Taylor each earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors from multiple outlets and quarterback Tre Roberson and kick returner Shane Wynn were named honorable mention All-Freshman by BTN.com. The release from IU sports information.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana linebacker Chase Hoobler, safety Mark Murphy and offensive lineman Bernard Taylor have collected freshman postseason honors. Murphy and Taylor secured spots on Yahoo Sports, BTN.com and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams, while Hoobler earned accolades from Yahoo Sports and BTN.com.

True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson and true freshman kick returner Shane Wynn received honorable mention recognition from BTN.com.

A true freshman out of Akron, Ohio, Murphy finished second on the team with 76 tackles and led the way with 44 solos to go along with one interception, which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown, one tackle for loss and four pass breakups. He played in all 12 games, started three times at weak-side linebacker and the last six games at safety.

Murphy led Big Ten true freshmen with his 76 tackles and recorded at least eight tackles five times. His 76 tackles were the most for an IU true freshman since Will Meyers had 83 in 2003.

Taylor became the first true freshman to play on the offensive line in 2011. He appeared in 11 of the team’s 12 games and started the last 10 at left guard. Facing some of the top defensive tackles in the country, Taylor allowed only three sacks in 295 passing attempts.

Hoobler finished the year with 48 tackles, 23 solo, two sacks, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The redshirt freshman started eight games, including six times in the Big Ten, and played in all 12 games this season

6 comments

  1. I think this speaks something positive for the coaching staff, young talent, the program and the future.

  2. Although the honor is nice for the lads, I’m not sure how much it speaks to their overall talent- they may be All Big Ten as far as “frosh who got enough playing time so that they could get noticed” goes, but I’d bet that there are plenty of frosh on teams such as O.S.U., Wisconsin, etc. who are more talented but rode the bench all year while their upperclass bretheren stomped us week after week.

  3. They also could have been so poor in their play they would not have gotten any notice at all. Which was not the case. The award is for Frosh and many of ours did compete and these individuals earned recognition for their field of play.

  4. ‘Getting noticed’ or not, nobody is going to win this award if they are being embarrassed each week. We played a ton of frosh. These guys did the job. It’s a good thing.

  5. This is one award that means squat. The league assembles its all freshman team by looking at each individual position and identifies what true of redshirt freshman played.

    We placed three on the conference all freshman team simply because of the amount of freshman we played. When there is little competition to select from it easier to be acknowledged.

    IU has had multiple players make the all-freshman team over the years. The thing is you typically never hear about them again. Very few end up making the all-conference first or second team, let alone honorable mention over the course of their college career because the competition increases exponentially.

    Congratulations for earning this award, now go out and prove that you are an all-conference player otherwise this accolade was meaningless.

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