Kevin Wilson dishes out spring practice awards #iufb

Spring is typically a season of optimism around college football, and Bloomington is no different.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson went out of his way to laud his team during the Hoosiers’ three-week spring practice session, calling the current 2015 group the best he’s had in four-plus seasons at IU. With the spring season having ended a week ago, Wilson took to Twitter this afternoon to hand out individual awards, which include those for breakout performances, leadership and others.

The awards, along with winners, are listed below:

The James Patton Juice Award (given for daily energy and enthusiasm on and off the field)
TE Anthony Corsaro
SS Chase Dutra

Weight Room Growth
QB Zander Diamont
QB Danny Cameron
TE Jordan Fuchs
WR Ricky Jones
CB Noel Padmore
LB Dameon Willis
P Joseph Gedeon

Best Newcomer
RB Ricky Brookins
CB Ben Bach

Most Improved Players
DT Adarius Rayner
WR Simmie Cobbs

Spring Ball Most Outstanding Performers
RG Dan Feeney
LB Tegray Scales
P Erich Toth

Spring Ball Leadership Award
QB Nate Sudfeld
DE Nick Mangieri
(Note: Wilson added that every fourth- and fifth-year player was “#TopShelf”)


  1. Diamont is recognized by Wilson for Weight Room Growth! Good for him. I’m glad to know he’s putting great effort into getting bigger and stronger. If he maintains that quickness and foot speed, he may just turn into something special in a year or two. Given how he dealt with surreal circumstances last season, he obviously has the mental toughness the QB job requires. I wonder if he will redshirt this season? Hopefully, it won’t matter, because Sudfeld will stay healthy and have a great year.

  2. I like Diamont. I cannot ignore he puts himself in the mix of something or another. This time weight room. I think he has upside and he is a competitor. Someday I think an improved Diamont will play again. Something or another. Probably QB.

  3. Wilson commented last year that Diamont is smart and does not lack self confidence. And it’s good that he has such a strong work ethic, too. I’m rooting for him to have a memorable and productive career. I just hope it does not resume next season.

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