Scales named to SI’s list of top 100 players

Preseason honors continue to roll in for Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales.

The senior was named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 players in college football, coming in at No. 49.

“Scales led the nation in tackles for loss with 23.5 and was the Big Ten’s leading tackler as the Hoosiers defense shaved nearly 10 points per game off its scoring average in 2016, moving into the top half of the national rankings. The linebacker’s streak of six straight games with double-digit tackles was the longest in the country last season. Defensive coordinator Tom Allen was promoted to the top job in December after the abrupt firing of Kevin Wilson, and Allen would be wise to lean on Scales for defensive leadership as the 6-foot, 230-pound senior makes one final case for the pros.” — Eric Single

Scales is one of 14 players from the Big Ten included on the list, joining Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Billy Price, Tyquan Lewis and J.T. Barrett, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Trace McSorley and Mike Gesicki, Michigan’s Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst, Northwestern’s Justin Jackson and Godwin Igwebuike, Iowa’s Josey Jewell and Wisconsin’s Jack Cichy.

Also this preseason, Scales has received second team All-America honors from Athlon and has been named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

3 comments

  1. How could he be rated #49 when leading the nation in TFL and had the longest double digit tackle games in the nation. He was snubbed again just like he was in the B1G rankings. He is a tremendous LB playing at IU and I am glad he came back for another year to lead the defense.

  2. That was a rhetorical question, right v13? The answer is that he plays for IU, which still gets overlooked by so many of the people who are responsible for such ratings in college football. But thankfully, the NFL scouts are paid to look for talent and desire, and Scales obviously has those attributes in abundance. My guess is that if he stays healthy this season, he’ll be rated much higher when it comes time for the NFL to draft players.

  3. Yes Po it is rhetorical for those of us that are long standing hoosier fans. It is a good thing the NFL is a bottom line organization group. Coleman and Howard have shown how good they are despite being slighted due to playing for IU. I am sure Spriggs, Feeney and others will show how good they are in the next year or two.

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