Wilson highlights standout performers vs. Michigan State

From his view, Kevin Wilson thought his quarterback authored his best game of the young season on Saturday.

So Richard Lagow was among the Hoosiers recognized with a weekly award on Monday.

Lagow and receiver Ricky Jones were named Indiana’s offensive players of the week, linebacker Tegray Scales earned defensive honors and Chris Covington picked up the special teams nod for strong kickoff coverage.

Lagow didn’t come close to besting his program-record 496 passing yards set two weeks ago against Wake Forest, but he did complete 16 of his 26 throws for 276 yards and two scores. He also caught his first career touchdown pass.

“That’s his best game, settling down, fighting, finishing,” Wilson said. “Graded very, very well.”

Jones posted his second consecutive 100-yard game and the fifth of his career with five catches for 124 yards. His five straight 100-yard games are tied for 10th on Indiana’s all-time list.

“Ricky Jones played well,” Wilson said.

Scales tied his career high set the prior week with 13 tackles. Covington, a fellow linebacker, is also coming on strong. Although his weekly award came through his contributions to special teams, the junior is also surfacing as an active and solid depth option on defense.

Covington made four total tackles, including one for loss.

“He played his best game at linebacker as well, really growing into the defensive mindset (and) really healthy now off his knee,” Wilson said. “He had back-to-back high school and freshman year knee injuries. I think he’s just physically and mentally just stronger and more confident, and again, proud of him.”

In addition to those Wilson singled out with weekly honors, the IU coach also highlighted other standout performers.

Although Indiana would prefer to get more consistent production from its defensive line, the IU coaching staff recognized its starting front four after playing a more active and engaged game against the Spartans.

“Ralph (Green III) had some strong leadership throughout the week and in the game, so the front four guys were recognized just for the strong effort,” Wilson said. “We needed it.”

A couple defensive backs also drew attention for posting solid performances.

“Jon Crawford (didn’t get) a lot of action — ball didn’t get his way — but very, very good, playing with a lot of confidence,” Wilson said. “And A’shon Riggins, who’s a freshman. (He made) seven tackles, one great pass breakup on a third down — a really good big-time play for a young freshman in that situation. Really proud of him.”

Offensively, Wilson said right guard Jacob Bailey played his best game to date, while also mentioning left tackle Coy Cronk and left guard Wes Martin as standout linemen. Serving as an extension of the offensive line, tight end Danny Friend posted 12 knockdowns.

Allen Stallings, Johnny Albomonte and Jake Attar were recognized as IU’s defensive scout team players of the week, while Jack Trainor and Peyton Ramsey received similar nods on the offensive side of the ball.

2 comments

  1. Covington is going to make it big for IU and the B1G. He is 6’2″ and pushing 240 with good vision, strength, reflexes and speed. I believe he only gains more time as a prospective starter for Inge and Allen.
    Albomonte is quickly gaining the level of permanent weekly winner on the scout team D. Congrats!
    I am curious about Jayme Thompson since coming off the injury about 3 weeks ago. He is listed on the participation list for the 1st time against MSU. Was it D or ST’s or both.
    Also what is Wesley Green’s indefinite suspension status of several weeks ago? Is he working his way out of the doghouse or is he fixing to get axed.

  2. Covington is athletic and now the size needed to be a good LB. It wwill be fun to watch him develop over the rest of the season and next year. I was wondering about Thompson too as the coaches were high on him until his injury. The defense could use his athletic ability to help keep someone fresher at the end of the game. I am also wondering when Patrick will be full go and contributing to the offense. Based on what the coaches have said about him, it would be nice to see him contribute to the offense. I have no info on Wesley Green so I hope someone can tell us where he stands on the team.

    I love the way Redding [I haven’t always been a big fan] is attacking defensive players at the end of his run. Tie that into the way Natee runs and OSU may not be ready for how hard the RBs will hit them along with the way the OL and TEs block. My gosh Friend had 12 knockdowns against MSU’s front. I also can’t ignore the way WR are now finishing their runs after the catch punishing the tackler like never before.

    As good as OSU is they may run into a buzz saw this week. If IU plays as hard as they did this past week and improve on execution of the offense, the defense OSU may find out what kind of fight they are in. I am really impressed with how hard IU is playing. It has been decades since IU football players have played this hard. Watch this week and see how our RBs finish their runs and how the receivers do the same thing. Then spend one quarter looking only at our OL to see how they match up with OSU players and how many pancakes they get especially if Feeney is back. Lets Go Hoosiers beat the Bucks!

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