Allen expects camp production from Stallings, Mack, Ramsey

In an ideal world, Tom Allen would prefer to redshirt the majority of his freshmen.

For the IU coach, redshirting is the best policy for maturity, development and preparation. As Indiana’s fall camp continues, Allen will be looking to see how a year spent in the background benefited at least three of his young returnees.

Asked this week which second-year players have impressed him leading into fall camp, Allen gave complimentary reviews of sophomore defensive end Allen Stallings, redshirt freshman receiver Taysir Mack and redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey.

“They’ll have their opportunity here in the next several weeks to prove what they’ve learned and how far they’ve come,” Allen said.

With Nile Sykes lost due to a season-ending injury, Stallings has a chance to earn a role on IU’s defensive line. Stallings should’ve been redshirted, but that was lost when Indiana played him in last year’s season opener at Florida International. It was Stallings’ lone appearance of the season.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Illinois native earned scout team honors twice last season after building a reputation as an explosive edge rusher at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he once set a school record with four sacks in a game.

“Allen Stallings is a young man that worked extremely hard, gotten bigger and stronger,” Allen said. “I think he’ll be a guy that we look to count on.”

Mack earned praise for his work on IU’s scout team as a freshman in 2016, and followed through with a strong spring. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Brooklyn native adds size to IU’s receiving corps, and Allen is excited about his potential.

“(Mack is) another one that we expect to elevate his game, to be able to play at a high level,” Allen said.

And while Richard Lagow is slotted as IU’s starting quarterback, there’s plenty to like in Ramsey. He was one of the standout performers during Indiana’s spring game, completing 10 of his 17 passes for 92 yards, according to unofficial stats, and throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another.

“(We) feel he’s got a lot of special qualities about him,” Allen said. “Not even just on the field, but the way he carries himself, all the things he does off the field.”

2 comments

  1. These three players can help make a difference this year. I like coach’s change to wanting younger players to redshirt. I didn’t really understand why coach Wilson, yes I read his rationale, didn’t redshirt more players because IU gets 3 star players that benefit from redshirting. It is a shame Stallings lost his redshirt year because in the next couple of years I think he will excel at rushing the QB. Mack looks ready to make an impression this year as one of our WRs. Ramsey gives coaches the security to cut loose Lagow and not hold him back for fear of getting injured. Just running a few times on a zone read would impact what the defense can do against our offense.

    1. Really like the opportunity for Ramsey if Lagow should falter.
      Easy to understand Wilson not RS some players as it built and provided needed depth (which now benefits TA), kept Frosh engaged, encouraged maturing and makes the fire fueling ‘want to’ burn hotter. Also very well offers an earlier opportunity to weed out players not developing in practice and game day. Circumstances dictate everything in everything.

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