Indiana’s defensive gains have earned six Hoosiers All-Big Ten honors.
Junior linebacker Tegray Scales and junior cornerback Rashard Fant each earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for their work in rebuilding a beleaguered IU defense. Meanwhile, senior defensive tackle Ralph Green III (coaches), junior linebacker Marcus Oliver (coaches and media), sophomore safety Jonathan Crawford (media) and freshman hybrid safety Marcelino Ball (coaches and media) all received honorable mention nods.
Scales and Fant picked up second-team honors from the media and third team honors from the coaches.
This is the first time in program history that six defensive players were recognized with all-conference praise. Scales, who leads the nation with 87 solo tackles, is the first linebacker honored since Kyle Killion picked up second-team honors in 2004. Fant is the first IU cornerback to be recognized since Tracy Porter earned first-team honors in 2007. Fant leads the conference and ranks second nationally with 17 pass breakups.
Green leads the IU defensive line with 7.5 tackles for loss. Oliver is first in the Big Ten with five forced fumbles. Crawford shares the Big Ten lead with three fumble recoveries, and is tied for 11th in the conference with three interceptions. Ball leads all Big Ten true freshmen with 73 total tackles.
The Big Ten will announce offensive award winners on Wednesday’s episode of BTN Live at 5 p.m. Eastern.