LB Dameon Willis to return for 2018 season

Indiana reinforced its linebacking corps ahead of the 2018 season.

Tom Allen confirmed Wednesday that redshirt senior linebacker Dameon Willis will return for his final year of eligibility this fall. Willis gives the Hoosiers an experienced presence at Mike linebacker, where the team will also expect contributions from redshirt freshman Thomas Allen and senior Mike McGinnis.

Willis went through Senior Day ceremonies in November, but recently decided he still wants to play.

“He was kind of beat up and now that he’s had some time to heal, he’s going to be back with us,” Allen said. “I think that’s huge. He is our most experienced linebacker coming back.”

That’s true by a large margin.

Willis has appeared in 35 across his first three seasons, logging 65 tackles, including two for loss with one forced fumble and one recovery.

Sharing snaps behind former Mike linebacker Chris Covington last season, Willis appeared in 10 games, making 27 tackles, 15 solo stops, one for loss and one pass breakup. He posted a career-high seven tackles and a half tackle for loss against Michigan State.

In addition to Willis, Allen and McGinnis, IU could also use incoming freshman linebacker James Miller in the middle.


  1. It is good to hear Willis is coming back; I was surprised at earlier news he wouldn’t be back. Keeping an experienced LB is big for the 2018 defense trying to keep the improvement in IU’s defense going.

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