Scales, Oakes receive 1st Team All-Big Ten honors

Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales and kicker Griffin Oakes have been recognized for their fine senior seasons.

Scales and Oakes received first-team All-Big Ten honors on Tuesday, leading a pack of 10 Hoosiers picking up all-conference nods.

Senior cornerback Rashard Fant earned second-team honors, while senior linebacker Chris Covington, junior safety Jonathan Crawford, senior safety Chase Dutra, junior return specialist J-Shun Harris, senior defensive end Robert McCray and sophomore punter Haydon Whitehead each received honorable mention selections. Senior tight end-turned-tackle Danny Friend was named IU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Scales is the first IU linebacker to receive first-team accolades since Willie Bates and Joe Huff in 1988, while Oakes (2015) is only the second Hoosier kicker to be named first-team All-Big Ten twice in his career, following Scott Bonnell in 1991 and 1992.

Scales led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions, while his six sacks were tied for the team lead. His 89 tackles and 56 solo stops ranked second. He finished his career ranked third on Indiana’s charts with 46.0 career tackles for loss, sixth with 18.0 career sacks and 10th with 325 tackles.

Oakes was one of 20 semifinalists for the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award after going 16-for-17 on field goal attempts and 38-for-39 on point-after attempts. Both of his misses came on blocks. He finished the season by making 11 straight field goals and led the league and finished second nationally with a 94.1 field goal percentage.

Fant led the team with nine pass break-ups and made 24 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He had one interception.

The Hoosiers matched last season’s school record with six defenders earning recognition from the conference. Scales was a second-team honoree last year, while Fant repeated as a second-teamer.

6 comments

  1. That’s a lot of talent and experience we’re going to lose. Scales was outstanding and will be especially difficult to replace. But I am happy for these young men and wish them great success in the future. Scales should get drafted and play at the next level.

  2. Podunker I agree with you and congratulate both players and wish them the best in the coming year. It will be important for our defensive front to monsters to protect our new LBs next year. Run defense has to improve over what it was this year.

  3. With the annual coaching carousel in hyper-drive, and while watching FAU beat North Texas for the Conference USA Championship today, I’m reminded that head coaches can have an immediate and profound impact on a football program. Prior to this year, FAU had two back-to-back 3 – 9 seasons. They hire Lane Kiffin, and in his first year as head coach, FAU goes 9 – 3 and wins their conference championship. Scott Frost, head coach at UCF just lead his team to a 12 – 0 record and their conference championship. Two years ago, UCF started 0 – 8, fired George O’Leary, and finished the 2015 season winless at 0 – 12. They hire Frost, and in his first season UCF goes 6 – 6 in the regular season and goes to a bowl game. This year, UCF goes 12 – 0 and wins their conference championship. Now Frost is going to be Nebraska’s head coach.

    1. Following the game Kiffin held up a convenience store and set an animal shelter on fire.

      It won’t end well. It has never ended well.

  4. Two more winning seasons at FAU and Kiffin will be back coaching another Power-five Conference school and making $5 million a year. His problem was that he was too young (and too immature) for his ambitions. A couple of seasons at Alabama has probably straightened him out.

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