IU’s Philyor declares for NFL Draft

Indiana receiver Whop Philyor has declared for the NFL Draft, according to a statement he released on social media Saturday.

So the Hoosiers return one of their senior receivers, Ty Fryfogle, while the other has decided to pursue his aspirations of playing at the next level.

“My time here has changed me and taught me many things,” Philyor tweeted Saturday afternoon. “After long and thought-out discussions with family and close friends, I decided that it is time for me to move to the next level in life and pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

Philyor broke out as a junior at IU, hauling in 70 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns following two somewhat injury-plagued seasons to start his career. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound slot receiver led the Hoosiers in receptions with 54 this season, amassing 495 yards and three scores in a pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

The Tampa, Fla., native went out with a bang in the Outback Bowl, setting the game’s record for receptions with 18 catches for 81 yards. Those catches were also Big Ten bowl and IU program records, as well as a single-game career-best for Philyor.

Philyor ends his IU career at fourth all-time in receptions with 180. He finishes at No. 9 all-time in receiving yards with 2,067. During his two most productive seasons, IU won 14 games and reached two January bowl games.

“As a freshman attending Indiana University, I did not know what to expect,” Philyor said in his statement. “One thing my brothers and I knew, we were going to change the culture of Indiana Football. Throughout our journey, there were many ups and downs, but we grew as a team and as a community.”

Philyor was one of the more colorful characters on the Hoosier roster during his time. His nickname, Whop, was given to him because of his love for Burger King’s most famous sandwich, a “No. 1,” which is his jersey number. His full name is Mister Elias De’Angelo Philyor.

He was always energetic pregame. Once Philyor brought a Chucky doll onto the field at Nebraska, saying “We gotta bring a bad man out, ’cause we a bad football team.”

On the field, Philyor has been an integral piece of IU’s offense, a player the Hoosiers will swing the ball out to and let him try to elude defenders in space. That’s a skill that could make him attractive to NFL teams.

IU will look to replace his production with another senior, D.J. Matthews, who transfers in from Florida State. Along with Fryfogle and Matthews, the Hoosiers have a developing corps of younger receivers that includes Miles Marshall, Javon Swinton, and Jacolby Hewitt.

IU also brings in two freshman receivers as part of the 2021 class, Jordyn Williams and Jaquez Smith.

“Thank you, Hoosier Nation, for your love and support,” Philyor wrote. “You will always be my family. Your favorite Burger is out.”

3 comments

  1. It’s the right decision for this talented young man, and I wish him the best of luck in the NFL. My guess is that he’ll get drafted in the fifth or sixth round and make an NFL roster. Maybe we’ll see him in Burger King commercials some day. Thanks for your excellent contributions to IU FB, Mister Philyor, you were a lot of fun to watch.

  2. It was fun to watch Whop play and I wish him well making an NFL roster. PO Whop would be a natural for Burger King commercial. Whop thanks for all you gave IU and you will be remembered for years.

  3. Whop took 2 brutal and clearly cheap targeting shots on the same play at Penn State, with no penalty called.
    So glad he’s fully recovered and could even play in the NFL.
    Go Whop!

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