IU’s Fryfogle returning for 2021 season, Hoosiers also add a DE from Ole Miss

The Big Ten’s receiver of the year will return for one more season.

Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle announced Friday evening that he will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to fall athletes by the NCAA and return for the 2021 season.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder from Lucedale, Miss., had a breakout campaign in 2020, finishing with a team-high 721 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games, including the conference’s first-ever back-to-back 200-yard receiving efforts. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as well as a third-team All-American.

Fryfogle’s propensity for coming down with jump balls put him on the NFL radar. But he apparently believes another year at IU can be beneficial.

“I have been presented with the opportunity to declare for the NFL Draft. However, after long talks with my mom, family, friends, and coaches, I have decided to return for my last year of eligibility at Indiana University,” Fryfogle said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“My work here at Indiana University is not yet finished. There are many great things in store for this football team in 2021. The future is very bright and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Fryfogle is one of a number of seniors to opt to return to the Hoosiers in 2021, along with safety/linebacker Marcelino Ball, defensive back Raheem Layne, defensive end Mike Ziemba, offensive guard Mackenzie Nworah, and kickoff specialist Jared Smolar.

But Fryfogle’s decision was one of the most anticipated because of what it means for IU’s offense in 2021. He will return to help anchor a receiving corps that may or may not have fellow senior Whop Philyor. But the Hoosiers are bringing in another speedy slot receiver in Florida State transfer D.J. Matthews and will also return an experienced starter in Miles Marshall, which should give Mike Penix Jr. a full complement of weapons.

Along with the return of Fryfogle, IU also added another senior to the fold, just from another team. Ole Miss defensive end Ryder Anderson announced Friday evening that he will be using his final year of eligibility at IU.

A 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end, Anderson posted 43 tackles for the Rebels’ defense in 2020, including seven for loss, which was second on the team. Anderson posted 2.5 sacks, but he also had a team-best six quarterback pressures, so he should be able to help the Hoosiers in their efforts to get more pressure with a four-man rush.

Anderson was a factor against IU in the Outback Bowl. The senior had three tackles, two for loss, including a sack, in the 26-20 win over the Hoosiers. Now, he’s switching sides.

According to Anderson’s recruiting profile on 247Sports, IU receivers coach Grant Heard was involved in the defensive end’s recruitment back at Ole Miss. Anderson also had an offer from Tulane, which at the time had Kevin Peoples as its defensive line coach. Peoples joined IU’s staff in 2020.

6 comments

  1. I’m really surprised by Fryfogle’s decision, but equally (and selfishly) delighted. Wow, our receivers are going to be phenomenal next season. If Penix makes a full recovery in time to start the season, it’s going to be fun to watch the “IU Air Force” in action. I will pray that Fryfogle stays healthy through 2021, has another great season and upgrades his Draft status.

    How ironic that Anderson helped beat IU in the bowl game and will now be joining the team. I guess we needed more help at Defensive End, but I didn’t expect IU to get any transfers from SEC teams. It’s going to take some time for me to wrap my brain around that move, but I’m glad he’s coming north.

  2. If I’m counting correctly, eight of IU’s 13 Seniors who would otherwise have exhausted their eligibility have announced their return for another season. Maybe I’m missing something, but that seems amazing. No doubt that the players believe 2021 is going to be special, and no doubt they love their coaching staff and each other. WOW!

  3. Gentlemen,…the ‘worm is turning’. These guys coming back, an SEC transfer, a Wolverine OL switch..plenty of top recruits giving IU a fresh look all bodes well. It appears the Browns DL coordinator is possibly set to take over for Wommack as soon as their playoff ends. Let’s hope so.

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