IU is 3-0, No. 10 in the nation, and rolling. How did we get here?

When the final version of the Big Ten’s 2020 football schedule was released, one immense challenge was swapped for another.

A long-planned road trip to Wisconsin was pushed back to the seventh week, but preseason-ranked No. 7 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan were bound for Bloomington in the first three weeks. The Hoosiers hadn’t beaten the Wolverines in 24 straight contests. They were just 1-22 all-time versus the Nittany Lions.

But here the No. 10 Hoosiers sit, with a 3-0 record, defying all outside expections, but none that they held for themselves.

How did they get here? Let’s take a look back at some common themes from the Hoosiers’ fast start to the 2020 season.

Taking it away

IU coach Tom Allen will point to three words as the cornerstone of his defensive philosophy: tackling, takeaways, and effort.

Coming out of an unconventional offseason, there were concerns about how prepared any defense would be. But IU, for the most part, has been a solid tackling team. At 367.5 yards allowed per game, the Hoosiers rank 38th nationally in that category.

But where they have really shined is in that second word, takeaways. With eight in three games, that’s the program’s best start in the takeaway department in the 21st century. In a few years, IU has forced seven in three Big Ten games. But never eight.

And they have come at crucial times. In the opener versus PSU, when the offense was slow out of the gate, the defense set up their counterpart for easy scores. Michigan hadn’t turned the ball over at all in its first two games, and the Wolverines went three quarters without an error versus IU. But down the stretch, quarterback Joe Milton erred, and interceptions by Jaylin Williams and Devon Matthews sealed the win.

The first pick by Williams was just a clearly errant throw, but the Matthews interception was forced by solid coverage and a late blitz by linebacker James Miller. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound redshirt sophomore, who had dropped into coverage, sprinted 15 yards to shoot through a gap and put a hit on Michigan’s signal caller.

“I feel like the linebackers and the d-line did a great job,” Williams said. “The job was going to be on us, the secondary, to get big stops and make great plays.”

IU’s secondary has been in position to make more plays because the Hoosier front has allowed them more chances. Some of that is pass rush, but the defensive line and linebackers are also putting offenses in more difficult spots by stopping the run early.

Michigan had only 13 rushing yards Saturday. That’s the least an opponent has accumulated versus the Hoosiers since 2002, when their defense held William and Mary to minus-32 on the ground. In Big Ten play, Saturday was the fewest rushing yards by an opponent since Purdue managed minus-8 yards in 2001.

Through three games, IU now ranks second in the conference in interceptions (7), fourth in sacks (8), and fifth in opponent’s third-down conversion percentage (35.7). The Hoosiers are also giving up 4.74 yards per play, which is tied for 19th nationally.

A defense that played young in 2018 and ’19 just seems to be maturing across the board in 2020. At 38th nationally in yards surrendered per game, Allen believes the Hoosier defense has the potential to climb even higher.

“We talked this year about being a top-10 defense, not just top 25,” Allen said. “I thought this team had a chance to be special on defense.”

Reese Taylor, the junior corner, has his eyes set on an even higher bar for the IU defense.

“We should be No. 1 in the country, in my eyes,” Taylor said. “Just because of how hard we play, how fast we play, the mentality we play with. I feel like our confidence is high right now, and it has to stay high. The way we play is incredible right now.”

Run, when needed

On the other hand, the Hoosiers’ rankings in the run game don’t look very good right now.

They rank 13th in the conference in rushing yards, at 89.3 per game. That’s sagged IU’s overall offensive ranking, down to 12th in the Big Ten, at 325.7 yards per outing.

At the same time, IU has been able to run the ball in clutch situations. Against PSU, Stevie Scott crashed into the end zone shortly after takeaways set the Hoosiers up in the red zone. On Saturday, IU was very much using the pass to set up the run on Michigan, but the Hoosiers eventually collected a season-high 118 yards on the ground. Of those, 78 came in the second half.

In fact, 14 of the Hoosiers’ final 15 plays of the game were rushes by Scott or Sampson James. After Williams’ interception return, IU’s running back duo was able to pick up the 29 yards necessary to cross the goal line and make it 38-21. They also helped burn the final 5:55 of regulation after Matthews’ pick.

“Against that defense, our o-line played their tails off,” IU quarterback Michael Penix Jr. said, “and they made sure they got the job done.”

The offensive line’s performance was especially significant, because they were missing starting left guard Mike Katic. But the Stanford grad transfer, Dylan Powell, who has been rotating in with Katic, seemed to hold up well on his own.

Because of their ability to run when needed, the Hoosiers are still one of 23 teams in FBS football that have scored points on every one of their red-zone opportunities. They are 16-of-16, with six passing touchdowns, six rushing scores, and four field goals.

“We ran the football when we had to run the football,” Allen said. “To me, that’s balance. Run it when you need to.”

Penix still shines

There was, expectedly, some rust in the IU passing game in the opening quarters of the season. Penix was almost a year removed from his last game. There was no 7-on-7 passing this offseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penix knocked the rust off versus PSU, it seemed, reverting to spectacular form in the closing moments. The receivers had to knock some more off at Rutgers, moving past drops. But against Michigan, the Hoosier passing game was a picture of perfection.

Ty Fryfogle hauled in a one-handed grab on the sideline. On one pass, Penix snuck one over the middle to Whop Philyor on third-and-11, through an incredibly tight window, between two Michigan linebackers and a safety. TIght end Peyton Hendershot continues to be productive, with three first-down catches on a scoring drive.

On his first two touchdown passes, Penix was able to take advantage of a hard count, drawing Michigan defenders offside with a clap, and then taking the snap and hitting Fryfogle and Miles Marshall in the end zone for jump balls.

“I always peek to the sideline to make sure the flag is being thrown,” Penix said. “All coach says on those plays, just give your guys a chance. We’ve got great receivers, and I just had to give them a chance, and you see what they can do with that opportunity.”

Following a career-high 342 yards from Penix, IU is now 8-1 in games the redshirt sophomore has started. The one loss? It came on the road at Michigan State, where the Hoosiers are now headed for their fourth game.

Win, and they can be 4-0 in conference for the first time since 1987. Beat the Spartans, and the Hoosiers have a chance to go to 5-0 versus Ohio State, which the program hasn’t done since 1967.

Thanks to three early wins, it’s still possible.

46 comments

  1. I can answer the headline question in shorter space – talent and dedication to working hard; that is how IU has gotten to this point. Coach Allen and staff have done a good job recognizing talent and developing players for the B1G. IU has position groups that now compare well with the best in the B1G. We have players that are among the best in the conference and the team keeps improving every week. This is now a B1G team in every spot except maybe the OL but Saturday they played much better and DE. Even in those spots they are capable players that can hold their own.

    This roster isn’t the roster of the past and we will have to watch to see how good it really is.

  2. I have the answer…We’re 3-0, not 13-0. We’ve had one road game. Michigan was destroyed by MSU. What’s MSU been of late? Not much. The Lysol Jerrys are currently not very good. They deserve not very good.

    How did we get here? Karma, Fate, Happenstance, The Cicada Dance x 2, Voyager 1 and one hell of a quarterback. But hold onto that lap bar on your roller coaster ride. Might be once in a lifetime. Don’t get carried away by all the ‘talking heads.’

  3. In the last four years, IU has recruited 4 4-star players and 0 5-star players. Michigan has recruited 54 4-star players and 4 5-star players over the same period. But it was obvious during the game that IU was the better team on both sides of the ball and special teams. I said when Penix chose IU, that he was the most talented quarterback IU has ever recruited. I also said whoever pulled his scholarship at Tennessee would be selling insurance in a few years. I’m waiting for that coach to show-up on one of the millions of State Farm commercials during the games. IU has big-bodied receivers that can catch the ball, despite being held. They have bruising running backs that can get the tough yards. They have a defense with size up front and speed everywhere else. And they have a great quarterback. This is a great team. Other than Ohio State and maybe Wisconsin, IU should win all their remaining games. I thought IU should have hired a proven HC when they hired TA. I also thought they gave him a big extension before he had truly earned it. Wow, was I wrong! IU should rename Memorial Stadium to Tom Allen Stadium just to make sure he stays!

    1. I still would prefer to rename are football team to the Indiana Cicadas (along with the giant winged mascot). We get some major buzz every 17 to 34 years.

  4. H4H Penix is an important part of this team but not all of it. The defense is playing faster and nastier that in the past and have more ability. Yes it may not be the season we hope for but I do see things are different with this team than in the past. They play hungry and play with passion. Posters used to talk about Wilson’s changing the team but coach Allen is really changing the team into winners in the B1G when others are struggling to get their teams to play to their level. Disbelieve at your own risk but I really like how this team is playing. Even TV announcers are saying this team is playing its heart out and recruiting organizations say IU is creating a buzz with recruits now that are higher rated players.

    IU has a very talented QB as back up and a very highly rated QB coming in next season. I think coaches have proven they can pull in very good players to keep this going. I know it is hard for some to be positive about IUFB but things are changing and I really think we are seeing IU football changing.

  5. Winning is a nice area to disagree…

    I think you underestimate how Wilson changed the culture…Never forget that radio interview with Trudueu.

    The team has improved. But we’ve had excellent running backs in the past Coleman and Howard were no slouches…The difference? Nothing closely comparable to the current qb. Again, we can argue until the cows come home, but Penix does far more for this team than his stats alone. It’s the moxie and aura of confidence. Belief is very contagious.
    Nothing makes a defense more energetic than knowing all their efforts are not squandered on an inept offense..or pedestrian quarterback.

    Strides everywhere? Yes. And part of those strides go back to Wilson bringing in Tom Allen. Would the strides be enough to get over the hump (a.k.a. “Breakthrough”) without Michael Laser Pen-IX…? Me no thinks so. It wall all hinge on Penix staying on the field.

    But it’s nice to argue over winning every ‘periodical cicada’ cycle.

    1. I am not discounting coach Wilson’s changing the mind set of IUFB, what I am saying is IU has that mindset now too but also the mental attitude to win against the teams they only played close in the Wilson era.

      Yes, Penix is a big reason in this change but we see it in other areas of the team too. Our DL is far better than in the past and our DBs as a group are superior to past DBs.

      I am an optimist by nature, not a wild eyed one however, and I prefer to see this team as much improved overall until they prove me wrong. I am enjoying this ride and will take it as long as it last.

    2. Harv, I was thinking the same thing about Wilson. He instilled an attitude and left Allen a much better program that just about any IUFB head coach has ever started with. Which is not to slight Tom Allen. Some people squander an inheritance, and others grow it.

  6. Wilson’s best contribution to IU FB was hiring Tom Allen to be the Defensive Coordinator. Wilson’s offenses were productive, but before TA arrived, Wilson’s defenses were so terrible they couldn’t stop a nose bleed.

  7. Is Wilson still at OSU? I guess they’re sort of productive. Probably a lot of meddlers in the program were still around when Wilson arrived. Nepotism ran deep in the losing veins of Hoosier football. Do you think Wilson felt obligated to give Doug Mallory a chance?
    I think Fred was always meddling as well …Wilson was just never going to be the square peg to force into a round hole. He was full of piss and vinegar much like the old ‘General’ who once led our basketball program to three banners. Ironic how Bobby sort of came to Indiana via OSU…..and Wilson went to OSU via Indiana.

    1. Kevin is still at OSU, and that’s a great fit. He’s happy, they’re happy. Not sure that was ever totally the case here. That was partly his fault, partly IU’s fault. Culturally, he turned everything upside down, and that was a good thing. But some things went too far, and it blew up recruiting for some quickly.

      As for Doug, Kevin was extremely respectful of Bill Mallory, so I think the relationship played somewhat of a factor in DM being hired. But it wasn’t just DM. There wasn’t enough of a budget, so he hired younger, less proven guys because that’s all he could afford. A few of them weren’t ready, in any way. A family member had a friendly encounter with one of them in the football complex that left them more than a little underwhelmed, and that one was far from unique on some of those staffs.

      1. Maybe the “upside down” in Wilson’s DNA is why we’re here today? Sometimes you have to break the norms. I still believe the majority of Wilson’s players looked up to him. He brought some fun and excitement to the offense….He instilled fun while still not standing for the defeatist attitude which had permeated the program for decades. Losing is truly a disease. Wilson looked at the stereotypes of IU Football as pure malarkey.
        That’s not an easy change to instill into the Hoosier community almost more captivated by the joys in mocking “Lovable Losers” against the backdrop of a historically meaningful basketball program.

  8. I always thought that Mallory hire was hire that was highly influenced because why else would you have hired him for the position which he was hired for?

  9. Why not equipment manager? It did tie hands of defensive side of the ball for any kind of improvement and actually limited IU football program from more than a little improvement including recruiting. Wilson needed a very good defensive coordinator because I don’t think that was his forte.

    1. t- Agree. There are a lot of growing pains when you inherit a program from Bill Lynch (quite the understatement). Allen may appear to many as walking on water. Would he have walked on water had he inherited the program from Lynch along with pressures to bring in old “Indiana” football names to his staff?

      Allen took over a program with momentum which had two consecutive bowl appearances and graduated more than a handful of top talent (along with a pair of top running backs into starting roles on NFL teams).

      Wilson was gifted the Bill Lynch dynasty and a likely forced hand of finding a job for Doug Mallory.

    2. Wilson hired poorly across the entire D. It wasn’t just one guy. He didn’t know that side of the ball, and he lacked the budget to spend his way out of that ignorance.

      1. You’re a serial BSer. Everyone here knows it. You pretend to be inside on everything. You’re innuendo and suggestions that Allen didn’t return loyalty to Cronk and Ramsey was more BS. Looks like we’re doing quite fine with neither player. Let’s not pretend your BS floats and everyone else’s BS sinks.

        Crean was merely a pawn for all the meddlers to secure their long term contracts and cash. Their relationships are simple to decipher. Joey couldn’t keep his trap shut. Glass was literally backed into a wall by an outraged fan base before he finally gave into firing his beloved incompetent coach. Can one even imagine…? It took cue cards to finally bring the man to his senses….after Conference Midwest Elite had dusted IU Basketball for nine years. Facts matter. Conference Midwest Elite has all the facts you need. 30 million was given to a clown when all the rest the Midwest (even tiny Loyola of Chicago) was outperforming and outshining Indiana University on the biggest stages of the game.
        You and your loyalty…That’s the sort of BS that buried our basketball program. Loyalty wrought in nepotism (including the relationships between the program and Indiana Elite and the dumping of A-Hope guys who had no business wearing candy stripes).

      2. Just a note…Your favorite word is “ignorance.” You punch it around like it’s a game of tetherball against yourself in the elementary schoolyard playground of your tired insecure synapses. Ever hear of projection?

      3. Mark Hagen?
        Brandon Shelby? How bout Corey Raymond and there was 1 other I don’t recall the name poached away within days by better offers.

  10. Ironic how Fred Glass had really nothing to do with Tom Allen and everything to do with Tom Crean. Where he and his son meddled ended in cue cards and a sinking basketball program inherited by Archie.
    Where he didn’t meddle in a hiring choice (Wilson’s hiring of Allen), a football program has skyrocketed to relevancy.

    Fred Glass had everything to do with our basketball program falling miserably short of ‘Conference Midwest Elite’ and nothing to do with our current “Hoosier Rising” football program.

    Question: Is our football defense vastly improved because Tom Allen got out of the way? Powder blue DC seems to be quite the motivator. Maybe OSU will soon pluck him away as well?

    1. You continue to repeat a flat out lie about Glass and Crean as if repetition somehow makes it factual. It isn’t. Saying it over and over only means you’re a serial liar.

      Glass had zero to do with Wilson hiring Allen, other than a budgetary blessing, but had everything to do with hiring TA as head coach after realizing he was never going to be comfortable with KW.

      It’s that simple and that factual, no matter how much you try to work against those two things.

      1. Yes, we run our sports programs on Glass’s comfort level…along with his ideologies, ultra conservative faith doctrines, khaki pants cronyism, ties to Mark Adams at Indiana Elite, kissing the whims of Board of Trustees he dealt with in Indy politics and stadium deals, and, finally, who his son thinks would make a great 10-year, 30 million cue card holder of a so-called coach (a coach wronged by the Marquette fan base and university/Marquette press who were realizing just how much a blowbag incompetent coach they had. Somebody give Joey a handkerchief…Tommy was so wronged to only get 30 million out of total nepotism).

        Are only major success in our two largest programs during the Glass era comes via the happenstance of a DC Allen brings to town.

  11. Wommack is a very good DC but not the reason for the defense improving it is the experience the players have now. Coach Allen revived the defense for two years and had a very young defense in third, he has no ego and could see the team needed him to step away to deal with team issues. Coach Wommack hasn’t excelled until this year with the players having more experience. Wommack is doing very good but had to wait until the two poor class of Wilson’s to graduate to have this defense. I hope both our coordinators stay for a while and keep helping IU to improve in the B1G.

    It is time to put the “Wilson” away and recognize this is now an Allen team. We can be thankful for what coach Wilson did changing the football culture but it is now coach Allen’s culture that seems to have improved the program even more.

  12. I don’t know, V. I see a power struggle developing. Did you see Wommack acting like a head coach when the offense was steamrolling over the Michigan defensive line in the final moments of Saturday’s win?

    Powder blue and Tyler too!

  13. Interesting perspective on the sideline during the game H4H. I loved seeing coach Wommack cheering on the offense so he didn’t have to coach the defense the rest of the game – ha ha. The team and coaches know who is the HC and IU is fortunate to have coach Allen as their HC.

    I listened to Caleb Jones talking about MSU and the DL. I like that he thought our OL could handle their DL because they aren’t as good as Michigan’s. I watched MSU v Iowa and the DL didn’t look very good often being driven several yards. If IU has any trouble with this MSU team I will be surprised.

    1. We’ll see, V. I sort of think Powder Blue is stealing some of the limelight.

      Penix and Powder Blue. Just give Allen some pompoms, a cardboard megaphone and some additional gymnastic classes to perform sideline cartwheels. I think Penix and Powder Blue got this….

  14. BD, you are correct, and your point, “as if repetition (of a lie) somehow makes it factual” is appropriate. But why waste your time arguing or even reading the posts? I think the regular participants on this site know what’s going on and no one is influenced by the repetition of false statements.

      1. OK, so nobody is changing anyone’s mind here, especially with personal attacks. How ’bout we let sleeping dogs lie or BD/H4H can both go into moderation. This is me asking nicely. I won’t ask again.

        1. Of course, Jeremy. My intolerance for less than truthful posting is superseded by my desire to follow the rules here. Way too many good posters here for that, and plenty of good going on. Thanks for the request.

  15. Maybe deny the nepotism (including the ESPN story explaining how we got dumped with all the A-Hope projects. Remember Hakeem the Dream Perea?..Jobe? Jurkin? Manure Maniru?) Deny it until the cows come home…

    But the grandest lie of all lies at IU for the 9 tiresome seasons of the Dasani King and Flintstone was that Tom Crean could coach.

    I find it quite comical that bleeding hearts question the abandonment of loyalty between Allen and Ramsey…and Allen and Cronk. Question that abandonment of loyalty but not question the beyond bizarre loyalty between an AD and a head basketball coach who couldn’t get teams to play any defense, couldn’t run or defend inbounds plays, ran “weaves to nowhere” for years as players exhausted themselves in needless motion, marketed foolish slogans, topped out at Sweet 16 appearances while the rest of Conference Midwest Elite dusted our program, threw extensions at a coach for mere rankings….and witnessed it all culminating with cue cards embarrassing the sacred basketball classroom of Branch McCracken.

    Question the lack of loyalty to a pedestrian quarterback who got to start for two seasons until obvious talent was going to end that cushy given. But don’t question a decade’s long loyalty to so-called coach who finished his 30 million dollar deal in Bloomington with zero respect from every h.s. program in the state, the abandonment of recruiting the state (other than Adams’ A-Hope projects) and cue cards needed for the 8th grade level basketball fundamentals?

    You really want to talk about lies and loyalty? Their is no lie upon the concept of coaching greater than what some of you defended until the bizarre conclusion of the tweeting buffoon and his total apologist AD. who just kept throwing money at him. Oh, no, there was no nepotism or love connection. None at all…

  16. [There] is no lie upon the concept of coaching greater than what some of you defended until the bizarre conclusion of the tweeting buffoon and his total apologist AD. who just kept throwing money at him.

    Appears you have no concern for that lie. Is it a lie that he lost any inkling of respect from every h.s. program in the state? What sort of defense can be claimed other than nepotism to justify such abandonment of recruitment of a state as rich in basketball talent as Indiana? And then, of course, that’s the little details of Conference Midwest Elite and how Indiana had zilch in Elite Eights compared to 25 collective Elite Eights and 17 Final Fours from our Midwestern peers.

    Christian cult may be the only other explanation. for such a bizarre loyalty destroying our worldwide basketball recognition and respect. It’s your choice in how such a lie could continue…
    Choice A: Nepotism
    Choice B: Christian Cult

  17. Choice C: Joey
    Choice D: All of the Above

    Zeller joined the cult. Yippee! A couple decent years until better coaching doomed us at Sweet 16s. Downside other than Sweet 16 ceilings even with top rankings? We had to take every A-Hope toe-tripper Adams’ dumped onto our roster, every “upside” son of Crean’s NBA connections (can anyone say Rivers? …Green?) and every prayer circle friend of Cody at Indiana Elite. Those couple years gave Crean his only bump and some residual momentum. Once Zeller was gone, it was writing on the wall all of the liars denied for season upon season; a more than obvious conclusion of where Crean stood with the rest of the state’s coaches and statewide recruits who already knew his ineptitude before the shock and horror of cue cards.

  18. Harv, I was thinking the same thing about Wilson. He instilled an attitude and left Allen a much better program that just about any IUFB head coach has ever started with. Which is not to slight Tom Allen. Some people squander an inheritance, and others grow it.

    1. davis- Thanks for recognizing that point. It was Wilson who had to inherit the disasters of Bill Lynch. It was Wilson who brought offensive firepower, hurry-up and NFL running backs. It was Wilson who made Indiana something it had never been- exciting to watch. It was Wilson who brought Tom Allen to Indiana Football.

      Compare what Allen inherited from Wilson to what Archie Miller inherited from Tom Crean. Miller inherited negative momentum, bricklayers, clueless defenders who had never been taught or demanded upon to play team defense….. and a set of cue cards

      Archie Miller was left a basketball program similar to what Wilson was left from Bill Lynch in football. No grit. No heart and soul. No self-respect. Guys who just thought going through the motions meant blue ribbons. Rebuilding cultures isn’t done via a snap of the fingers. Wilson had to dig the footings and secure a foundation …He had to put to final rest the mockery.
      Archie Miller is having to deal with much the same. He’s had to tear down a house made out of straw and empty marketing while attempting to start the process of building a foundation worthy of the work ethic and X’s & O’s knowledge serving as the embodiment of candy stripes.

  19. davis, does anybody disagree with your point? I don’t recall anyone saying that Wilson did not make a contribution to improving IU FB. IMO, his biggest was hiring Tom Allen. And your point about TA growing his inheritance is a good one. TA has taken the program to a new level in four seasons, but he started off at a better place than Wilson did. And let’s not forget our former AD, Fred Glass. I have criticized him in the past, but he did a great job promoting TA, them increasing the FB Coaching Compensation budget so that he could hire/keep good assistants. He deserves great credit for that.

  20. I hope no one disagrees, not for my sake, but because it seems pretty obvious that Allen had a lot to work with (at least by IUFB standards) when he took over. And maybe I’m going to want to kick myself later for bringing this up at all, but I’m a little surprised that posters here are not freaking out, now that TA has shown some actual results, about which program or that program is going to lure him away from IU. Just about any HC that shows even a modicum of success with an historic dog program is usually engulfed in job offers, many of them juicy indeed. I think the pandemic is to blame/thank. It’s pointless to speculate over how much $$$ it would take to lure Allen away when programs are currently bleeding money.

    1. Maybe the team we just handily defeated? Harbaugh’s seat may be getting awfully hot. I honestly think our DC may be more the target to lure out of Indiana.
      Did I actually hear we held Michigan to something like 13 rushing yards? Maybe I misheard…And then to see how ‘Powder Blue’ was just having a ton of fun on the sideline? He’s probably gone after this year.

  21. I think most of the coaches will stay because the team will be even better next year. Other than Fryfogle and Whop, who do they lose on either side of the ball? Harry Crider? Raheem Layne?
    Everyone will be a year bigger, stronger, and faster. This team might have enough talent to beat Ohio State next year if OSU loses enough players to the NFL. Then all these coaches will be in line for big-time offers.

    1. 123, I think it’s a good bet that Scott will be lost to the NFL. We’ll also lose Swan and Whitehead (grad transfers). I believe Ziemba is out of eligibility and will graduate. And there’s a good chance, assuming he stays healthy and continues to play well, that we’ll lose Hendershot. He’s a redshirt Junior who may enter the NFL draft. Beyond that, there are five redshirt Juniors who have not been on IU’s two-deep depth chart this season and who are not likely to get much playing time next season.

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