Scott, Philyor headline IU’s B1G honorees

Indiana running back Stevie Scott and receiver Whop Philyor have been named to the All-Big Ten second team.

Scott was a consensus selection by the coaches and media, while Philyor was chosen by the coaches. IU also placed right guard Simon Stepaniak on the media’s All-Big Ten third team, while tight end Peyton Hendershot, quarterback Peyton Ramsey, and right tackle Caleb Jones were honorable mention selections.

Scott, the 6-foot-2, 231-pounder, has rushed for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns on 178 carries. He ranks fourth in the conference in rushing yards and third in rushing scores. He missed the Hoosiers’ last game at Purdue, which hampered his pursuit of a second consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Philyor, the 5-11 junior, has had a career year. After combining for 56 catches, 570 yards, and four touchdowns as a freshman and sophomore, Philyor has produced 69 receptions, 1,001 yards, and five touchdowns in 2019.

As one of the main drivers of the No. 2 passing offense in the Big Ten, Philyor trails only Purdue’s David Bell in receptions per game (6.3). He was fourth in receiving yards, also just behind Bell (1,035), though Philyor’s yards came in one less game.

The Tampa, Fla., native is one of seven Hoosiers all-time to rack up 1,000 yards receiving. The last was Simmie Cobbs (1,035) in 2015, and with another good day in the Hoosiers’ bowl, Philyor has a chance to vault into the program’s top three for a single season.

Stepaniak, Hendershot, Jones, and Ramsey round out the All-Big Ten honors for IU’s offense, which ranks second in the conference in total yards.

Stepaniak, a fifth-year senior, has 31 career starts and has also been selected to participate in the East-West Shrine game after the season. He’s accompanied by the redshirt sophomore Jones, his partner on the right side of the line and a first-year starter.

Hendershot, also a redshirt sophomore, has put together a career year in Kalen DeBoer’s offense. He has 46 receptions for 555 yards and four touchdowns, a significant increase from Hendershot’s 15 catches for 163 yards and a pair of scores in 2018.

Ramsey has been a revelation this season, as well. He lost a quarterback competition to Michael Penix Jr. in fall camp. But after injuries sidelined Penix, the redshirt junior stepped in behind center and produced 2,227 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Ramsey’s 152.62 pass-efficiency rating ranks fourth in the Big Ten.

Wednesday was the second night honors were revealed by the Big Ten. The night before, IU defenders and specialists received plaudits, including kicker Logan Justus (second team), punter Haydon Whitehead (honorable mention), defensive tackle Demarcus Elliott (HM), linebacker Micah McFadden (HM), and cornerback Tiawan Mullen (HM).