Spriggs, Feeney earn All-American honors #iufb

The offensive line that Kevin Wilson sought to build five years ago is beginning to solidify its foundation.

A pair of All-American honors only confirm that fact.

For the first time since 1945, IU can claim two All-Americans on its offensive line after senior left tackle Jason Spriggs collected second team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and redshirt junior right guard Dan Feeney earned a second-team selection from CBS Sports.

Spriggs and Feeney are the first pair of IU offensive linemen to pick up All-American honors in the same season since Howard Brown (second team) and Russ Deal (third team) did so 70 years ago. Their selections give IU three All-Americans over the past two seasons after running back Tevin Coleman earned unanimous and consensus All-American honors last December.

Feeney has allowed only one sack in 36 career starts at right guard — a span of 2,617 snaps. The first-team All-Big Ten honoree has not allowed a sack in 431 called pass attempts this season. A native of Orland Park, Ill., Feeney was also included on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists this season.

Spriggs received a major honor last month when he was named one of six semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. He has allowed only two sacks in 431 called pass attempts and has 72 knockdowns in 972 snaps. A Concord native, Spriggs started 28 consecutive games to begin his career and has made a team-high 46 starts in 47 games at left tackle.

Indiana’s offensive line, coached by Greg Frey, is tied for first among Big Ten teams and is No. 10 in the nation with only 13 sacks allowed this season. Frey’s unit saved some of its best play for the second half of the year, and ended the regular season helping IU claim the league’s top total offense (490 yards per game), passing offense (285.9 ypg) and scoring offense (36.2 points per game). IU is also second in the Big Ten in rushing offense with 204.8 yards per game.

According to Indiana, the Hoosiers have not led the Big Ten in scoring offense since the league began using the entire season’s statistics to determine the statistical champion in 1985. IU has not led the league in total offense since 1988

Indiana (6-6) will face Duke (7-5) in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 26 3:30 p.m.

3 comments

  1. Applause for Spriggs and Feeney…only wished Spriggs were a redshirt. If anything, it underlines the importance to the vision Wilson and Frey have given to recruiting solid linesmen as the source of great offense. With good work (by Wilson’s staff), an equal turn around will take place on defense; if it does Hoosier fans are in for some tremendous years in a sport that has (previously) been a source of disappointment and lack of achievement (except durin the Pont and Mallory tenures. The Hoosier years are coming!

  2. Well earned awards by both Spriggs and Feeney; they have worked very hard and listen to the coaches to get to this level.
    Tsao Tsu G very good post. The offensive coaches have stayed with one exception I am aware of while the defense needed a change that should start to show bigger improvements next year. I hope the awards help the coaches in recruiting as players should start to see a very good reason to come to IU. To really get the program to take off will require the team to do better many think they will do. I know our offensive coaches will have a good offense on the field and maybe one as explosive as the 2013 team. I have seen improvement in defensive play even if the overall team D hasn’t shown that. With more experience and more talent being added to the secondary I expect the team defense to improve next year.

  3. Yes, #1 was a good post, and I agree. But, in order to achieve that vision for IU football, IU needs to keep Wilson and his staff in place for a while. What in heaven is taking Glass so long to announce Wilson’s contract extension and pay raise? The time its taking is ridiculous! And given the information USA Today published this week regarding college football coaching compensation, the delay could be a very costly mistake. According to USA Today, there are seven college assistant coaches getting paid higher salaries than Wilson is getting paid by IU. And the figures don’t include the performance bonuses those assistants receive at the end of the year. A few examples for you to consider: Auburn was paying Will Muschamp a salary of $1.6 million per year to be the DC, Cam Cameron’s salary at LSU is $1.52 million per year, Louisville pays Todd Grantham a salary of $1.3 million per year to be the DC.

    Maybe I’m being unfair to Glass. Maybe the delay is not due to his butt-covering, risk-averse, penny pinching process. Maybe the delay is because Wilson, or his agent are acutely aware of the significant discrepancy between Wilson’s salary and the D-1 college coaching marketplace. Maybe Wilson, smart man that he is, and aware that he could get paid more to be another college team’s Offensive Coordinator, is negotiating from a position of strength and insisting that he be paid a salary equal to the average of all Big Ten coaches (> $2 million per year)! Or maybe, Wilson isn’t just concerned about himself, but is using this opportunity to secure a pay raise for his assistant coaches. According to USA Today, IU’s assistants’ total compensation ranks 12th out of 14 in the Big Ten Conference.

    Time for IU to put its money where it’s mouth is by investing in the people tasked with turning IU Football into a winning program.

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