Mullen named FWAA first-team All-American

Indiana corner Tiawan Mullen was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

He becomes the first corner in the history of IU’s program to receive first-team All-America honors.

Mullen, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, was snubbed by the Associated Press and its All-America team. IU placed linebacker Micah McFadden and receiver Ty Fryfogle on that squad, both as third-team selections.

McFadden was asked about the snub this week, especially considering IU’s secondary has led the nation with 17 interceptions.

“We might have been a little surprised by that,” McFadden said. “But it is what it is. Those guys know the stats they put up and the effort they gave each Saturday and what they deserve and how much we believe in them and trust what they do.”

Mullen was one of the more dynamic members of that secondary, given the sheer number of things he was able to do. He was third on the squad with three interceptions, along with four pass breakups. The sophomore corner was also second in tackles, with 36, including 4.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks.

He also forced a fumble, which came on a momentum-shifting sack of Graham Mertz in the Hoosiers’ last win at Wisconsin.

2 comments

  1. Some day, a few years from now, when Mullen is playing in the NFL, he will look back on the AP’s snub and laugh. I’m glad one of the groups of Sports Writers got it right. Obviously, he deserves this honor and the recognition that comes with it. And to think he’s just a true sophomore.

  2. Great news about Mullen getting this award. It will be fun watching him play at least one more year with IU. He has teammates with the ability to join him on getting awards like this.

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