IU football officially adds OL Bradberry

Indiana football officially announced the addition of junior college offensive lineman Chris Bradberry on Thursday.

Bradberry, who announced his commitment in May, played left tackle for Riverside Community College last season. He’s been at the California JUCO the past two years after taking a redshirt at San Jose State in 2017. That will make him a redshirt junior for IU.

Bradberry has reported to Bloomington for voluntary workouts and is with the team.

“We welcome Chris to our football family,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “He adds experience and depth at offensive tackle. We expect Chris to contribute immediately.”

Listed at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Bradberry gives the Hoosiers more depth at a position of need. While IU returns three starters from last year’s line, including senior guard Harry Crider, redshirt junior tackle Caleb Jones, and sophomore Matthew Bedford, the Hoosiers do have to replace outgoing seniors Hunter Littlejohn and Simon Stepaniak on the interior. Coy Cronk, who Bedford replaced at left tackle midway through last season, has grad-transferred to Iowa for his final season.

IU added Dylan Powell as a graduate transfer from Stanford as a contender for one of those two interior spots. Powell was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will also be a redshirt junior. Mackenzie Nworah, who started three games for IU at guard in 2019, is also in the mix to start in 2020.

Bradberry will be IU’s second newcomer to the O-line from the JUCO ranks. Luke Haggard, a 6-7, 265-pound junior from Santa Rosa J.C., also in California, committed and signed his letter of intent in December; it’s possible Haggard redshirts his first season at IU to fill out his frame.

4 comments

  1. He has good size and moves well for his size. It is always a risk getting players from JUCO because you can’t be sure what kind of competition they were going against. Bradberry gives IU another older more mature athlete on the OL.

    I am a bit concerned that IU now has several JUCO OL players as I have to wonder about the development of younger players that are now 2nd and 3rd year players. I know IU is hitting the gap in recruitment of the OL from the previous staff but the younger player should have enough experience under their belts to contribute and compete at a B1G level.

    No matter how they do it, I just want IU to have a dominate OL that can establish the run and pass block with excellence.

    1. I’ve mentioned to you several times that OL is a concern of the coaches, and this is more proof of that. But it has nothing to do with recruiting gaps from the previous staff.

  2. I think that previous staff put more Offensive lineman in the NFL than any other Indiana coaching staff. An yes, I agree the younger offensive lineman (an most other players on this team) should have enough experience under their belts to contribute to the Indiana football program. Now is thetime for Indiana football to make the jump to the next level. Consistently three or four in the Big Ten East…beating the like of Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois and Purdue and occasionally beating some of the mid-level boys of the conference Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska and Minnesota at present.

  3. I never saw the point of a blocker flopping on his man after knocking him down; I guess maybe that’s how an OL gets credit for a “pancake.” Rather keep your head up, stay in the play- and look for your next victim.

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