Justus among IU’s All-B1G honorees

Indiana kicker Logan Justus is on the All-Big Ten’s second team, the league announced Tuesday.

Justus, the fifth-year senior, received the highest honors of IU’s defensive players and specialists. Wednesday the conference will honor offensive players.

Along with Justus, punter Haydon Whitehead (coaches), sophomore defensive tackle Demarcus Elliott (media), sophomore linebacker Micah McFadden (coaches) and freshman cornerback Tiawan Mullen (coaches, media) received honorable mention to the All-Big Ten team.

Senior receiver Nick Westbrook, on the other hand, was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Justus, a second-teamer last season, is the third IU kicker since 2013 to be honored. His predecessor, Griffin Oakes, earned Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year and first-team accolades in 2015 and 2017, while Mitch Ewald was a second-teamer in 2013.

Justus was a perfect 14-of-14 going into last weekend’s game at Purdue, one short of the program’s record streak of 15 by Austin Star. He had a rough outing in West Lafayette, missing on all three attempts. But the senior is still second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, as well as third in field goals made and seventh in scoring (7.2).

He is also IU’s all-time percentage leader at 29-of-35.

Whitehead has also been a reliable specialist. He’s averaging a career-high 42.1 yards per punt, good for fifth best in the conference. He’s placed 20 inside the 20-yard line (42.6 percent), 15 inside the 10 (31.9), and four inside the 5 (8.5).

Elliott, the defensive tackle, is one of several youthful faces to earn plaudits. He was a late signee in 2019 as a junior college transfer from Garden City, Kan., but he quickly established himself alongside Jerome Johnson and has produced 32 tackles, five for loss, and three sacks. 

McFadden, the linebacker, is the Hoosiers’ leader in tackles with 56.

Mullen, the corner, is tied for the conference lead in pass breakups with 12. He broke out with a four-breakup day at Michigan State versus senior receiver Darrell Stewart. He produced another four in the regular-season finale in a one-on-one matchup with Purdue’s David Bell.