Hendershot on John Mackey watch list

Three days after Indiana coach Tom Allen confirmed Peyton Hendershot is fully participating with the team, the junior tight end was named Friday to the John Mackey Award’s preseason watch list.

Hendershot had a breakout campaign in 2019, setting program records for receptions and receiving yards for a tight end. An arrest in February, though, put his status for the 2020 season in question.

In June, Hendershot pleaded guilty to trespass as part of a plea agreement, along with a year on probation, and participation in a mental health evaluation and a batterers treatment program. Misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, criminal mischief, and criminal conversation were dropped.

Allen said Tuesday that the junior tight end has completed his “team-sanctioned discipline” and rejoined the team full-time. He was suspended from all activities following the arrest and rejoined the team “in a modified way” after an abbreviated spring.

Hendershot, a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019, is one of 36 players on the Mackey Award’s watch list, including Nebraska’s Jack Stoll, Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth, Ohio State’s Luke Farrell, Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson, Michigan’s Nick Eubanks, Iowa’s Sam LaPorta, and Maryland’s Chigoziem Okonkwo in the Big Ten.

IU has now placed four players on the five watch lists announced this week. Tiawan Mullen (Bednarik), Stevie Scott (Doak Walker), and Whop Philyor (Biletnikoff) have also been honored.


  1. IU has players at several positions rate as some of the best in the country which is why many of us are hopeful that IU is turning the corner in the B1G. Now we have to see if Coach Sheridan is in the same league as coach DeBoer. I am hoping Sheridan is more aggressive play caller and doesn’t pull in the reins during different parts of the game the way the offense did last year. As good as the offense was last year it can improve this year with the right approach. The result will show if Sheridan is the savant on offense several think he is.

  2. Hendershot earned it.
    Sheridan is certainly the IUFB intangible for 2020. Hope he is as cool, fearless and challenging as his past and present QB’s.

  3. Incessant blather is another name for IU Football optimism. 50 years of blather.
    I’m really hoping for this ALL Big10 season.
    Quoting scripture, loving each other, “breakthrough” malarkey, win today at miniature bowls…and every other blathering distraction will not get in the way of this rare opportunity to witness IU Football in a truly competitive environment of ‘put up …or shuddup.’

    The “watching” will be quite revealing and, for the first time in program’s history, measures of quality in the product, “earned.”

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