Scales will return for senior season at IU

Tegray Scales isn’t going anywhere.

Indiana’s All-American linebacker announced Monday that he will stay in Bloomington for his senior season, giving the Hoosiers one of the Big Ten’s most productive players at his position.

“I’d like to thank coach (William) Inge and coach (Tom) Allen for helping me through the process,” Scales said in a video posted by Indiana Athletics. “Coach Allen, for what he brought to this defense and now the whole team. I’m excited to be playing for him one more year and I’m excited to be playing with this team.”

Scales’ decision is a significant development for Indiana, which saw his counterpart at linebacker, Marcus Oliver, declare for the NFL Draft on Friday. With Scales and All-Big Ten cornerback Rashard Fant committed to playing their final season of eligibility in 2017, the Hoosiers have the makings of a defense that should continue to improve in its second season under Allen.

Scales, who led the conference with 126 tackles, earned second team All-America honors from SI.com, becoming the first Indiana linebacker to claim that status in 30 years.

His 93 solo tackles and 23.5 tackles for loss led the nation, and during one stretch this past season, Scales strung together a streak of six consecutive double-digit tackle performances.

“Having Tegray back with us is huge,” Allen said. “He was a catalyst for our defense, not only on the field with his production, but really in the very beginning when I first got here and challenged our team to make changes in their mentality and the way they prepared. He’s been bought in from day one.”

While serving as IU’s first-year defensive coordinator last season, Allen raised the standard for Indiana’s defense, especially at linebacker — a position Allen played and coached for the bulk of his career. Upon his arrival, Allen told his charges that he’s never been part of a great defense that didn’t have great linebackers.

Scales and Oliver both responded with excellent seasons, anchoring a unit that jumped from No. 120 in total defense in 2015 to No. 45 in 2016.

Now, the Hoosiers can look toward the fall confident in their aspirations to continue building their defense knowing Scales will remain a part of it for one more year.

“To be able to have him here with us in year two is tremendous for our program,” Allen said. “I’m just so excited to have him back and for him to have a better senior season.”

7 comments

  1. This is great news and I wish Oliver had done the same thing. Scales will lead the defense and help it improve once again. He will be drafted in the first couple of rounds after 2017 season and probably be used as a rusher who can drop in coverage at times. Scales was cheated out of being one of the 1st team LBs in the B1G. This next year will see him fired up and disrupting offenses.

    Welcome back Tegray, I love having you on the team and many others do to.

  2. Oliver leaving was a mistake. He’s not ready. Scales could have left and done well. I’m so glad he’s coming back. He’s our best player.

  3. Hated to see Oliver and Redding opt to leave early, but I will take Scales and Fant returning and consider it a great deal. I don’t think the defense missed Oliver in the bowl game that much. Redding gave his all and ran extremely hard, but he didn’t have the breakaway speed of Coleman, nor the punishing physicality of Jordan, and certainly not the speed and agility of that Utah RB.

    It sure would be great if Patrick, along with the young running backs, would give us the big strike capability that we lacked this year.

    Hope Scales get some pre-season national recognition this year. He certainly deserves it!

  4. I wish Redding the best but I will be surprised if he has the impact of Jordan or Coleman.

    Scales and Fant coming back is huge. If Fant can add some muscle he can be a true shut down corner. Scales is the emotional leader of the defense.

    Barring injury I believe Marcelino Ball has AA potential.

  5. I liked D.R. He played very hard and got a lot out of his abilities. M.O. was very good. However, both are not NFL good. Both, could play in any other league except NFL. They both needed to respect and continue to develop what they both had at IU. CONGRATULATIONS TO T. SCALES AND R. FANT FOR RESPECTING AND SHOWING LOYALTY TO IU FB AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT GO WITH IT.

  6. T, I agree with your congratulations to Scales and Fant for their loyalty to IUFB.

    Good luck to Oliver and Redding to achieve their dreams. If the NFL isn’t the place for them I hope they look to the CFL for a shot to keep playing or use their degree to start their careers. Best of Luck guys!

  7. I hope Redding isn’t competing with that Scarborough kid from Alabama for the last roster spot. That’s a different talent level.

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