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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Jack Tuttle, Indiana University,...A volunteer at the Tim Tebow "Night to Shine," the San Marcos, California, native has also worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on multiple initiatives, volunteered at Riley Children's Hospital, teamed up with the 2nd & 7 Foundation and handed out water in the community to homeless. A 2021 IU graduate with his degree in supply chain management, Tuttle is working towards his MBA in management and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Two separate injuries limited Tuttle to six games in 2021 – including two starts – as he threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns. In 2020, Tuttle earned the program's LEO Award after stepping in and staring the final two games of the season. His first career start came in a road victory over No. 16 Wisconsin, which earned the Hoosiers a spot in the Outback Bowl. - Indiana Football

rSr/2023 QB Jack TuttleIndiana
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  Somewhere, in the midst of a soul-searching offense inside IU's North End Zone football facility, safeties coach Jason Jones asked his star safety what brought him back. Devon Matthews - better known by his nickname, "Monster" - probably would've had NFL options. He'd accomplished a tremendous amount in college, both individually as one of the Hoosiers' best defensive players across the past four seasons and collectively as part of a group that guided Indiana to back-to-back bowl games in 2019 and 2020.

Jones, then, was curious: After a tremendously disappointing 2021 season, why did Matthews elect to use his COVID season and opt for one more year in college? "The reason that he chose to come to Indiana was because he wanted to come here and do something different," Jones said. "He said, 'Coach, we didn't finish the right way. I want to come back, and we're gonna finish this thing the right way." As Tom Allen's program tries to rebound from its dismal 2-10 performance last season, the Hoosiers will lean heavily on their most experienced players this fall. Players for whom last year's bottoming out was an aberration across the course of 4-5 years spent either in the bowl field or pushing up against it all the way into the final weekend of the regular season. Nowhere on his roster can Allen count more of those players than in his all-important defensive backfield. - Indianapolis Star/News


rSr/2023 SS Devon MatthewsIndiana
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  D.J. Matthews is one of the smallest players on Indiana's roster, but no one left a bigger void than the Florida State transfer when he suffered a season-ending knee injury at Western Kentucky in week four last season. Indiana brought in Matthews to fill the opening left by Whop Philyor as the next playmaker in the open field, and the 5-foot-11 and 160-pound Jacksonville, Fla. product was highly productive in a number of ways. Matthews caught 13 passes for 165 yards, returned four punts for 83 yards with a career-long, 81-yard touchdown against Idaho, and he rushed twice for 28 yards with a score.

Indiana's offense was never a juggernaut in 2021, but in the first four weeks with the shifty Matthews on the field IU scored 119 points. They would only produce 88 points over the final eight contests without him. When Matthews went down in a heap on the turf at Western Kentucky as he recovered a muffed punt, in many ways the IU offense crumbled right along with him. That realization once again hit IU coach Tom Allen and his assistants this week as the Hoosiers opened fall camp in Bloomington. "After the first practice, the general consensus of the staff was 'wow, boy did we sure miss D.J. last year," Allen said on Friday via Zoom. "It really, really hurt us last year losing him. He didn't get to play very many games, so you kind of forget really how good he was." - Thedailyhoosier.com


rSr/2023 WR D.J. Matthews Jr.Indiana
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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Sean Wracher, Indiana,...A two-time Phil Steele third-team All-Big Ten selections (2021, 2022), Wracher has handled the long snapping duty in all 33 career games. His efforts have helped three of his teammates earn all-conference honors, as both punter Haydon Whitehead (honorable mention) and place kicker Logan Justus (second team) earned All-Big Ten honors in 2019 and place kicker Charles Campbell (second team) garnered All-B1G in 2020. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Wracher's work helped Whitehead to a spot as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award after he averaged 43.4 yards per punt to sit No. 4 on IU's single-season list. - Indiana Football

rJr/2024 LS Sean WracherIndiana
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: DJ Matthews Jr., Indiana,...Matthews Jr. enrolled at IU in 2021 spring classes and participated in practice, before suffering an injury in the fourth game of the season in 2021. In four games, he caught 13 passes for 165 yards, returned four punts for 83 yards and rushed twice for 28 yards. He accounted for two scores, a rushing score against Cincinnati and a punt return for a touchdown versus Idaho. His punt return touchdown versus the Vandals covered 81 yards to mark the 10th-longest in program history and was his second career punt return TD.

He had his best all-around game against No. 8 Cincinnati when he pulled in five passes for 120 yards, his second career 100-yarder and first as a Hoosier. He added the rushing score and 28 yards on the ground for 148 all-purpose yards. At his previous school, Matthews is 10th at FSU with 582 career punt return yards and 56 returns, and he holds two of the Top-4 single-game marks. In 35 games (16 starts), Matthews Jr. owns 84 receptions for 809 yards and five touchdowns to go along with one punt return TD. He earned an interdisciplinary social science degree in Dec. 2020. - Indiana Football


rSr/2023 WR D.J. Matthews Jr.Indiana
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Tiawan Mullen, Indiana, Senior CB,...The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native earned All-America accolades in each of his first two seasons on campus and is a two-time All-Big Ten performer. In 2021, Mullen was the first cornerback in program history to earn first-team All-America honors (FWAA, Phil Steele) and just the second cornerback (Tim Wilbur, 1980; second team) in school history to achieve All-America status. His first-team selection made him the first Hoosier since offensive lineman Dan Feeney (2015, 2016) to claim first-team recognition. Mullen was also the program's first cornerback to card first-team All-Big Ten honors since Tracy Porter (2007) after he made 38 tackles, 27 solo, with 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, one forced fumble, four pass breakups, and one quarterback hurry in eight games. He led all Big Ten defensive backs in sacks (T-12th overall) and TFLs, and shared No. 6 overall in interceptions. - Indiana Football

rJr/2024 CB Tiawan MullenIndiana
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  For the first time in his IU tenure, Allen opens preseason without Peyton Ramsey or Michael Penix in his quarterback room. Ramsey has been gone for two years now, of course, but between them, he and Penix accounted for the bulk of positive production from the most important position on Allen's team between 2017-21. Now, Allen turns to a familiar face, Jack Tuttle, and a new one, Connor Bazelak, a transfer from Missouri.

Tuttle has the edge in terms of time in an Indiana uniform, but Bazelak brings impressive credentials of his own, having thrown for 2,548 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at Missouri. He has more than 5,000 career passing yards in college. With Donaven McCulley moved to receiver, and no other quarterback on roster having taken a collegiate snap, it's not surprising Allen has publicly declared Tuttle and Bazelak the frontrunners to be his starting QB for IU's Sept. 2 opener against Illinois. But somebody's got to win the job. There will be no more watched position battle in camp. - Indianapolis Star/News


rJr/2024 QB Connor BazelakIndiana
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  Indiana senior running back David Ellis is leaving the Hoosiers for health reasons, sources confirmed to CNHI. It's unclear at this point whether Ellis will enter the transfer portal, but it's an option, sources said. Ellis had a promising freshman season as a slot receiver and on special teams for IU in 2019, returning 28 kicks for 579 yards (20.7-yard average), which ranked third nationally among true freshman. He appeared in all 13 games for IU, posting four 100-yard return games, while adding 16 catches for 173 yards and nine rushes for 53 yards and a rushing TD. But the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Ellis started encountering ankle problems as a sophomore, missing the first three games of the 2020 season. He still ended up with 16 carries for 61 yards and 11 catches for 137 yards and a TD in five games. Last season, Ellis appeared in just three games. His final IU game was Sept. 25 at Western Kentucky, when he went out with an ankle injury and was sidelined the rest of the year. - Herald Bulletin

rJr/2024 RB David EllisIndiana
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Shaun Shivers (Sr.), Indiana,...Second-year senior running back Shaun Shivers appeared in 43 games (9 starts) over four seasons at Auburn University (2018-21). He owns 1,020 rushing yards on 201 attempts (5.1 average) with eight touchdowns. Shivers has 38 receptions for 211 yards and one TD in addition to 233 kick return yards on 14 kickoffs. Last season he collected 87 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown ... made 22 receptions for 163 yards and one TD ... added 52 return yards on three kickoffs ... appeared in 10 games. - Indiana Football

rSr/2023 RB Shaun ShiversIndiana
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  Indiana coach Tom Allen has been hosting players at his house by position group this summer and posting group photos on his Twitter account. On Thursday night, he hosted the wide receivers, which led to him formally confirming former Lawrence North star Donaven McCulley has joined that position group after starting four games at quarterback for IU last season. The move was initially reported in June when IU play-by-play man Don Fischer said McCulley would move during a radio interview.

Allen told IndyStar the decision to move was actually McCulley's idea. The 6-5, 210-pounder has had an interest in the position for years, Allen said, and believed it would be his quickest path to playing time this season with there being extensive competition at quarterback, with the addition of Missouri transfer Connor Bazelak and return of a healthy Jack Tuttle. Allen said he was thrilled with the move, as McCulley's length, athleticism and skill set gives him the opportunity to make an immediate impact. The Hoosiers lost their two starting outside wide receivers in Ty Fryfogle and Miles Marshall. McCulley is expected to compete for those spots along with North Carolina transfer Emery Simmons and junior college transfer Cam Camper among others. - Indianapolis Star/News


So/2025 QB Donaven McCulleyIndiana
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  After being forced by injuries into starting at quarterback as a true freshman, Indiana sophomore and former Lawrence North star Donaven McCulley may be making a position change. IU play-by-play announcer Don Fischer appeared on Indiana Sports Talk on 107.5 FM The Fan last week and was asked about the quarterback position. Fischer said the Hoosiers had decided to move McCulley to receiver. An IU spokesman said Friday the program would have no comment and would neither confirm nor deny that McCulley had been moved.

He is still listed as a quarterback on IU's roster. "They've taken Donaven McCulley out of the quarterback role and they moved him to wide receiver," Fischer said on the radio show. "I think you're going to see some spectacular things out of this kid before he's done at Indiana. He's a terrific athlete. He's 6-5. He can really, really run. That's one thing he did last year when he was called upon to play at quarterback." Without addressing McCulley's status specifically, IU coach Tom Allen said in an interview with the Herald-Times and IndyStar in May the quarterback competition had been narrowed to two men - Missouri transfer Connor Bazelak and fifth-year senior Jack Tuttle. - Indianapolis Star/News


So/2025 QB Donaven McCulleyIndiana
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  Almost a year before the NCAA finally voted to allow athletes to be able to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL) rights, Indiana struck an agreement with Opendorse, a social media marketing company, to prepare its athletes for what they would be dealing with when they finally had the ability to market themselves. It was an early sign of how IU would approach NIL. It would stay inside the lines and avoid inducements or pay-for-play, but look for every opportunity to make it easier for its athletes to navigate the NIL landscape and help guide them to opportunities when allowed and appropriate. Last week's announcement that IU had come to a "total school solution agreement" with Campus Ink marks a continuation in that approach.

Campus Ink is an apparel company that works in officially-licensed college gear. It created the NIL store so there would be a central online hub for athletes to be able to partner with designers to make apparel and be able to use licensed marks of their school and athletic department. Illinois and several other schools had already come to agreements with Campus Ink before Indiana became interested, and it was only then that the athletic department realized one of IU's most famous and wealthiest alums, Mark Cuban, happened to be one of Campus Ink's investors. "We are always looking to be on the forefront of NIL issues, this is the most basic NIL opportunity, and Campus Ink is an innovative leader in this area," IU senior associate athletic director and spokesman Jeremy Gray told the Herald-Times via email. " Obviously, (Cuban's) involvement is a bonus!" "I'm really excited that the leading NIL company, Campus Ink, and the best university on the planet, my alma mater, Indiana University, are working together," Cuban said in the statement. "The sky is the limit!" - Herald Bulletin


rJr/2024 QB Connor BazelakIndiana
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  Former Alabama walk-on cornerback Brylan Lanier, who entered the transfer portal after one season, announced his commitment to Indiana on Friday. The graphic posted on social media includes a picture of his son wearing his helmet as he appearances in a Hoosiers uniform. Lanier did not appear in game action for Alabama over his one season, but did earn the respect of the staff before entering the transfer portal and ultimately decided to leave. Despite walking on at Alabama, Lanier ranked as a three-star recruit and the No. 1,295 overall prospect in the 2021 On3 Consensus. The local product played high school football just a few minutes away from Tuscaloosa at Paul W. Bryant and ranked No. 53 in the state. - Brylan Lanier's Twitter

rSo/2025 CB Brylan LanierIndiana
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  Shaun Shivers, nicknamed "the worm", and Josh Henderson are two transfers from Power 5 schools expected to contribute immediately in the run game. At 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Shivers is a versatile back with 1,020 career rushing yards on 5.1 yards per carry in three seasons at Auburn. Shivers also can catch the ball out of the backfield, with 38 catches for 211 yards and one TD in his career. - Herald Bulletin

rSr/2023 RB Shaun ShiversIndiana
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  At 6-foot-7, 290 pounds, Lang has always had the prototypical NFL body. He's got the skills, too, but needs more production. He said this spring his main objective is to produce more impact plays. He has 9.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in his career. If he has a highly productive senior year, he could be high on the NFL radar. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 RB Shaun ShiversIndiana
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