Indiana releases depth chart

No changes. Whatsoever. Cam Coffman is listed as the starter, but unless he was out, that’s where he’d be. Same with Chase Hoobler. But just so you see it.

78 Jason Spriggs, 6-7, 268, Fr./Fr.
57 Pete Bachman, 6-5, 285, Jr./So.
73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 292, So./So.
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.
60 Will Matte, 6-2, 292, Sr./5th
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.
67 Dan Feeney, 6-4, 293, Fr./Fr.
76 Cody Evers, 6-4, 304, Jr./So.
59 Peyton Eckert, 6-6, 293, So./So.
62 Ralston Evans, 6-4, 284, So./Fr.
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 157, So./So.
84 Jamonne Chester, 6-2, 210, Sr./Jr.
81 Duwyce Wilson, 6-3, 195, Sr./Jr.
13 Kofi Hughes, 6-2, 210, Jr./Jr.
3 Cody Latimer, 6-3, 208, So./So.
14 Nick Stoner, 6-1, 173, So./So.
2 Cameron Coffman, 6-2, 191, So./So.
7 Nate Sudfeld, 6-5, 218, Fr./Fr.
6 Tevin Coleman, 6-1, 200, Fr./Fr.
20 D’Angelo Roberts, 5-10, 195, So./So.
12 Stephen Houston, 6-0, 218, Sr./Jr.
83 Ted Bolser, 6-6, 250, Sr./Jr.
85 Charles Love III, 6-3, 240, Sr./5th
25 Ryan Phillis, 6-3, 261, Jr./So.
95 Bobby Richardson, 6-3, 279, So./So.
97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 294, Sr./5th
99 Adarius Rayner, 6-2, 292, So./Fr.
98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 294, Sr./Sr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 290, Sr./5th
96 John Laihinen, 6-4, 250, Jr./So.
33 Zack Shaw, 6-3, 245, So./Fr.
34 Jacarri Alexander, 6-1, 232, Sr./Jr.
49 Griffen Dahlstrom, 6-3, 226, Sr./Jr.
42 David Cooper, 6-1, 225, Jr./So.
55 Jake Michalek, 6-2, 242, Jr./So.
47 Chase Hoobler, 6-2, 242, Jr./So.
4 Forisse “Flo” Hardin, 6-1, 208, So./So.
22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 180, So./So.
9 Greg Heban, 6-1, 191, Sr./Jr.
37 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 206, So./So.
19 Ryan Thompson, 5-10, 195, Jr./Jr.
Drew Hardin, 6-0, 208, Jr./So.
27 Alexander Webb, 6-0, 200, Sr./5th
7 Brian Williams, 6-0, 185, Jr./So.
23 Lawrence Barnett, 5-10, 187, Sr./Jr.
16 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 173, Sr./Jr.
99 Nick Freeland, 6-0, 201, Sr./5th
35 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Sr./Jr.
36 Erich Toth, 6-3, 190, So./Fr.
91 Matt Dooley, 6-4, 257, So./So.
82 Sean Barrett, 6-6, 200, Fr./Fr.
35 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Sr./Jr.
2 Cameron Coffman, 6-2, 191, So./So.
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 157, So./So.
22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 180, So./So.
14 Nick Stoner, 6-1, 173, So./So.
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 157, So./So.



  1. Apart from the injry to Tre, it looks like we are in pretty good shape injury wise going into conference play. That in itself is a big improvement from years past when just 3 games in, we had lots of key injuries; so kudos to strength and conditioning efforts!

    NW will be a challenge for sure, but I believe we can be competitive and with some good fortune on our side, maybe even get a third win! It isn’t likely, but it is possible.

  2. Too bad our football program is a joke. I predict NW-54, IU-14. NW is in the AP top 25 now. Wonder if we could make the game respectable?

  3. IUHoosier15; why such a pessimistic post? IU’s football program has been a joke, but it’s in the process of being transformed into a competitive program. I don’t think IU will beat Northwestern this weekend, but it won’t be too many more years before we do. In fact, Northwestern should be IU’s inspiration.

    I remember when Northwestern football was a joke. We’d drive up to Evanston to watch the game because it was one of the few big ten teams IU could beat on a regular basis. If NW can become competitive in football with the bad weather, high academic standards, their lack of a winning tradition and their sub-standard facilities, I’m confident IU can do the same with much better facilities, better weather and academic standards that are more conducive to recruiting football players. It won’t be this weekend, but it will happen soon.

    Until then, why don’t you try becoming part of the solution instead of being just another pessimist.

  4. Well said, Podunker. I too think we will be competitive though probably not enough to actually win. I really like the direction our program has taken under CW. My sole criticism is the same as everyone…defense. For reasons that elude me, we just can’t seem to get our folks in a position to make plays. Part of the problem is a lack of speed but I’m not convinced we have that certain “killer instinct” necessary to play effective defense even if we had some speed. It’s frustrating because one or two stops in any given game will make a huge difference in the outcome.

  5. Really well said Podunker. It’s frustrating, but there is no question we will get there sooner rather than later. Few schools are as well positioned as we are to succeed big-time.

  6. Good post, Podunker..But do you really think those “high academic standards” are not relaxed a bit for the football/basketball jocks? Do you honestly believe weather has been a contributing factor to Northwestern’s lackluster history. There are years the winter winds blow early, but truly harsh weather doesn’t typically hit Chicago until mid December/early January.

    There are just a lot of good football programs in the Midwest..Maybe it’s just tough to lure a large pool of top recruits away from Michigan, ND, OSU, MSU(more recently). Can exorbitant spending on top facilities make the great inroads to make the difference a top recruit picking IU or Northwestern(assuming they attempt to start allocating more bucks into football)? Not trying to be too pessimistic, but I think it’s been debated before on this blog recently: You only need 8 to 10 very good b-ball prospects to quickly juice up your chances at making competitive inroads in hoops. And let’s face the facts…Northwestern has had very little tradition in either major sport..They are getting closer to NCAA berths in basketball(I personally believe they should have had an invite last year)..At least IU has a basketball program that is back on track..I would think that success in any sport builds overall excitement and can serve as a bit of plus that crosses over into the other programs because of the added national notoriety for the school in general.

    I do like the Northwestern coaches…Carmody and Fitzgerald appear to be very cerebral and motivate through a quiet confidence and staying in control of their emotions. You can’t do much better in the coaching department….They are class acts that don’t portray themselves as holier-than-thou or coaches that get jollies from acting as intimidating drama queens when interacting with the media.

  7. NU is a great university and is well managed in all aspects. They invest wisely but not extravagantly. They recruit blue chippers from Chicago and suburbs. Their coach, Fitzgerald, is a prime example but not the only one. They have a loyal and affluent fan base with good media coverage. So, NU becomes almost a default for a smart, academically grounded athlete from the Chicago area and if you look at their roster, that’s what you’ll see.

    IU needs to cultivate the same tradition around INDY and I think process has begun. Sure, there’s competition but NU has competition from Illinois and Wisconsin both great schools in their neighborhood. We can do this. It’s going to take time, diligence and a high tolerance for frustration but we can and will win.

  8. I had commented to someone that if NU could turn its program around, so could IU. He laughed that NU could hardly be considered a successful program. Fitzgerald is 44-25 (21-27) overall (two losing seasons, his first (4-8) in 2006 and (6-7) last year). But things started getting better for NU before that; they were conf. champs in 1995 and co-champs in ’96 and 2000. If IU can win three titles in the next twenty years or so I’d be tickled to death, and I bet most posters here would be, too.

    Fitzgerald turned down (according to the Chgo. Trib.) an opening offer of $2.5 million from Michigan when they canned Rodriguez; then he re-signed with his alma mater for ten years at $1.8 mil. each. He’s also a native of the ‘burbs, so his roots go even deeper. NU also just opened an on-campus athletic training center right on a Lake Michigan beach: that’s got to make two-a-days more bearable and recruiting easier!

    Attendance at last week’s game in Evanston v. South Dakota- 28,641. Given that the SD fan base is probably pretty small, we can consider 28,000 NU’s base attendance. The other games in Evanston this year were Vanderbilt- 31,644 and Boston College- 32,597. All were very nice days, and this Sat. is expected to be gorgeous so we’ll see how the IU fans turn out.

    The whole Davis clan will be at the north end of the west parking lot at a pig roast, so look for my boy in his Steelers Antwaan Randle-El jersey and me in my “IU Jacobs School of Music” hat- because IU is more than just about football!

  9. davis, that’s just the most recent success. Gary Barnett got them a top ten ranking and a Rose Bowl birth back in the 90’s.

  10. I remember seeing Greg Heban play two years ago and thinking about how good he could be as a senior. Now he is placed behind Mullen in the depth chart. I don’t see how someone as good as Heban can be behind someone as bad as Mullen.

  11. Yeah, Logan…I hear ya. The whole defense thing is an enigma to me. I just don’t get it. To my unsophisticated eyes, it looks like we got folks playing the wrong positions, wrong schematics, wrong covers etc etc. And, BTW, we’re getting the wrong results!

  12. Chet- that’s to what I referred when I wrote “[t]hings started getting better before that . . . .” So I’m guilty of not mentioning bowls and rankings (and Barnett by name).

  13. I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster with the team so far this season, but all in all I’m rather encouraged by everything I’ve seen. I will be CRUSHED if we have another 0-8 big ten season with a slew of 30 point losses, although I really don’t think that will happen this year. I think we can & will win between 1-3 games in the conference. I was wrong about Ball State, they obviously are a decent team after seeing that they beat South Florida, not to mention seeing Iowa lose to Central Michigan, Wisconsin struggle with–EVERYONE, & a general tenor of mediocrity in the league, all of these things suggest to me that we have an opportunity to take LEAPS forward this year. Remember, as I keep saying, it’s all about next year, IMHO: 8 home games, including the 1st 5, we must take adavantage of that, & the best way toward that end is to keep on doing what we’ve been doing this year. Getting better. Btw, has anyone else been paying attention to recruiting news lately? I like what I keep hearing. Wilson is stirring up a lot of pots & we may benefit for it in the end.

  14. HforH; It’s relative. But yes, in relative terms, higher academic standards, even though they may be relaxed somewhat for football players, are still higher at NU than they would be at most other FBS Division schools, and I suspect that includes IU and all the other Big Ten teams. Relative to other Pac 12 schools, I know for a fact that Stanford’s academic requirements are much higher, and therefore make it much more challenging for Stanford to find academically qualified football players. Generally speaking, and of course there are exceptions (i.e., Andrew Luck, RG3), the best college football players don’t typically attend colleges with the highest academic standards.

    I grew up in Chicago and my Dad’s company did a lot of work in Evanston. The weather sucks, and it’s worse than Bloomington’s weather, especially during the winter.

    And all over the country, universities are investing to upgrade/expand their football facilities so they are not at a recruiting disadvantage. NU’s facilities are probably the worst in the Big Ten, and not likely to improve any time soon.

    The one advantage NU has is that, as someone alluded to above, NU has immediate access and are in close proximity to a lot of High School football players in the Chicago area. There are more HS and JC football players in Cook and Lake Counties than there are in the entire state of Indiana.

    But I suspect that NU has a much better football program than IU simply because they have had a better, more stable coaching staff for a long time. That may change as Wilson has time to transform IU, but over the last decade, NU has, for the most part, had a better head coach. In the next three years, we’ll see if that remains the case.

  15. I think it would be an interesting exercise to go back 35 years or so and compare NU football to IU football. Or maybe all we have to do is track the two programs since the Mallory era. Given that during both those time periods, IU was, generally speaking, a better football program than NU, what has happened since? Why has NU football become successful, going to bowl games on a regular basis, putting more players into the NFL, occasionally being ranked in the top 20, and simply beating IU on a regular basis? What were the primary reasons why IU has fallen behind NU since those respective periods?

    I believe it all has to do with the two schools’ administrations and the head coaches. Simply put, IU’s administrators, from the Presidents and Trustees to the ADs were, when it came to athletics, either incompetent or severely disinterested. Take the AD turnstile that IU endured for a decade. How do you build a strong Athletic Department when you’re changing ADs every two or three years? No question that the loss of Hep was a devastating blow that delayed IU football’s transformation by five or six years, but the problem existing long before Hep was hired. His loss just make a systemic problem even worse.

    Let’s hope that’s all behind us and IU football is, as the ancient Greeks used to say, “acclivus.”

  16. I grew up in Northwest Indiana(near the shores of the Indiana Dunes)..45 minute drive to downtown Chicago. Our winter months were often more brutal than Chicago because of lake effect snowfalls..I remember one particular New Year’s day when we had a -81 degree wind chill. As I said above, there were exceptions, but it was still pretty rare to get the full blast of the north winds until December..

    Football is best played in cool fall days/nights OUTDOORS…Football weather is spectacular in northern Indiana and Chicago area. ..You bundle up..You drink hot cocoa. Nothin’ better.

    With a final regular season game ending on November 24th for the Wildcats in Evanston, I doubt they’ll barely see a snowflake(could very well get a breath of Indian Summer that late with the winters getting progressively milder).

    When I was a kid, I got to experience the blizzard of 1967 that occurred in the month of March..In NW Indiana we had over 3 ft. of snow as the monstrous low pressure system stalled over the warmer waters of Lake Michigan and pounded us for days. We couldn’t get out our front door. Drifts over 10 ft. high. I missed two weeks of school…Wonderful memories of building snow forts and finding oneself in carefree mercy of my little neighborhood engulfed in a sea of white.

  17. Well, I attended IU in the 70’s and we considered NU as a weak little sister. Maybe we were delusional but IU was thought of as a superior program to Northwestern.

  18. The Big Ten has always been two steps in front of the NCAA on academic requirements. And, as far back as the the 1970’s there was speculation it would impact the Big 10’s sports dominance in favor of more tolerant schools and conferences. It is commendable that the Big 10 has stuck by its guns, and the NCAA is now beginning to follow its lead in tightening the academic side.

    That same impact has cost B1G schools outstanding players who have become stars at other schools. It has also reduced the number of ‘good’ players available thus increasing the competition for them. But, it is the reason it makes the B1G a source of pride for its schools. The NCAA is now moving in the direction of enforcing academic standards that have long been a part of the B1G, and that is a good thing.

    That quality makes it different from others, and it should stay so.

  19. The “Beard Series” is becoming my new favorite doctored image from our resident maniac. And others are catching on; even Dustin acknowledged the artists’ work.

  20. I wonder how many players would remain on the rosters if, all of the sudden, SEC schools started having real academic requirements.

  21. post #19…The old joke about Biker wearing his leather jacket backwards due to broken zipper. Crashes in………say Kentucky. Local boy finds him, calls 911. 911 ask if the biker was awake and responsive. Local boy said he seemed fine till he turned his head the right way…………Sorry & back to the sports…..

  22. It is not the playing of the games during the Chicago Fall days(they are FB weather)that may hinder recruiting(from warmer climates)for NW it is living through the blustery Winters which are 3x worse than Bloomington. Easy to understand why their roster is heavy w/ northern Illinois kids. Even with the past Winter or 2 being milder in the Windy it was also milder most every where else HS’s play FB.

    HfH, the “Blizzard of 67″ was in late January, not March, as the county tourneys were in full swing and many(including me)were stranded away from home in schools, churches, relatives, friends, future friends and with total strangers for days in some cases. The single worst storm I have personally witnessed and endured. Where I lived there was 44” of snow on the flat and drifts 13-14′ high. What snow plows the highway departments had were ineffective as they could not travel fast enough to throw snow high enough to move it out of the way. Large 4 wheel drive loaders were in many cases brought in to existing loader #’s to clear the snow off the roads. They started this procedure from the edge of the towns and moved outward. There were rural residents unless aided by farmers with their equipment who could not leave home for over a week. In our locale there was no loss of life nor hurt seriously. I hate to think what todays media would do with that scenario. They would not of allowed us to live through it w/o FEMA. The “good ole days”.

  23. My mistake on the month..I could have sworn it was in March. I do have some old Polaroid photos tucked in an album somewhere…Some old 16mm home movies too.

    Though ’67 was a record-setter for Chicago, we regularly had storms far worse in terms of a combination of wind, brutal cold, and drifting snow. Loved driving my fathers old Dodge 4-wheeler with the Western blade. We lived in the country and the roadways and driveways were regularly drifted shut. Being so close to the southeastern shores of the Lake Michigan waters, we were often hit with 20″ of snow when Chicago would get zilch. Miss those days. That Dodge pushed a lot of snow with young Harvard behind the wheel..I thoroughly loved jumping high into the seat and flexing the muscles of a beefy V-8 engine under my boot and shoving back at winters fury.

    Maybe our Hoosiers can be my Dad’s Dodge reborn this weekend…An unexpected storm that will stick in the memories for decades..We’ll push back the line of Northwestern with all the macho studly power of dumb steel and horsepower against the soft and bright white under purple sky that think they’re men because they can hit each other in the shoulder pads with toes cold.

  24. I remember looking out the window late at night in the gale of ’67 and staring at a good 10 ft mound of snow below me strangely glowing what I thought was a vivid greenish hue (corner of Southport and Grace). Then looked some more as it took a strange yellow and then wineish glow. I realized the snow was so deep it had built all the way overthe top and buried the stop light entirely. It, of course, kept changing all night long from red to yellow and green inside the mound with the blackness of the sky and the white covering the street contrasting the eery electric glow.

    The snow plows ran all night…every car on the block was completely buried in a mountain of piled up snow nearly 8 feet high. Some did not get dug out for as much as a month.

    That’s also where you discover the nature of the city. Chicagoans developed the strange and great tradition of claiming their ‘car parking spaces’ during winter storms. After digging a car out, owners ‘mark’ the spot they’ve invested hours and sweat into digging out, claiming the parking spot from others not so industrious who may take advantage and usurp the cleared out space. They (the digger) will ‘mark his/her claim’ by putting old chairs, small desks, benches, etc to set the parameters of ‘their’ spot. Police allows their existence and resident neighbors respect them and get protective about each other’s claim: “Don’t take that empty space ‘butt breatt’! it belongs to Bambalino, the Sicilian from St. Andrews’s. (That’s Windy…country(region/province) of clan origin and Chicago parish. Rarely (these days) do you hear of anyone violating the ‘settler claim rights’ on the parking spots. And, when some do resort to ‘squatting’ on someone else spot, neighbors and shovels will come out in the late hours and rebury the offending squatter’s car, or point at his car and have the city snow removal trucks dump a load on it.

    Great city…great people…Chicago.

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