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  04/10/21 - Devon MatthewsJr/2022, Indiana, 6-2, 202 (DS#61 SS) + More +

  Indiana junior safety Devon Matthews enjoyed a breakout 2020 season for the Hoosiers, one that ended with him earning third-team All-Big Ten honors. Now, IU safeties coach Jason Jones is challenging Matthews to take another step in his development next season in terms of being a more vocal leader on defense. "He now understands what is going on in the back end with the safeties, the husky and the two corners," Jones said. "Now let's take the next step and understand what the linebackers are doing and what is happening up front to see the entire picture. He is a smart young man and understands that we could put a lot on his plate and give him different options.

"We are putting more on his plate, and he has done a good job at embracing it. He is taking and running with it." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Matthews, nicknamed "Monster," proved to be a playmaker in his first year starting at strong safety for IU, finishing with 40 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception, six pass breakups and one QB hurry. "I have definitely progressed very well going into last year," Matthews said. "I think I stepped up more last year and being more vocal. This year, I am even taking it up more of a notch. I am just talking more, communicating more." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#61 SS) Jr/2022 SS Devon MatthewsIndiana
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  04/08/21 - Caleb JonesrJr/2022, Indiana, 6-7, 362 (DS#30 OT) + More +

  As an in-state product, Caleb Jones has been a proud representative of Indiana football the past several years. The 6-foot-8, 355-pound offensive tackle could head home for the offseason after an eight-win campaign in 2019, or the pandemic-shortened, six-win season of 2020, with his head held very high on his very broad shoulders. But the chorus Jones has heard isn't all positive. "What happened? What happened?" the Hoosiers' big man recalled hearing from his former Lawrence North classmates after IU dropped Jan. 2 bowl games in consecutive seasons. "Why didn't you guys … ? Why didn't you guys … ?" also echoed in Jones' ears. "I think it brings about a level of focus and tenacity toward what we want to do next season and the goals we want to achieve," Jones said. "Two years in a row, we didn't finish. And this year, it can't be that same way."

Last season was undoubtedly a good one for IU, but Jones thinks back and knows it could have been better. Especially for himself. Without the structure of a normal offseason, Jones found it harder to keep himself in good shape. By the end of the season - after missing three consecutive games in the middle of it - Jones was playing at around 395 pounds. That weight is carriable for a man as massive as Jones, but it doesn't allow an athlete to be as quick and nimble as Division I football requires. He's down about 40 pounds this spring, determined to cut another five to 10 before he steps on the field next fall. - Indianapolis Star News


(DS#30 OT) rJr/2022 OT Caleb JonesIndiana
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  04/01/21 - Miles MarshallrSo/2023, Indiana, 6-4, 208 (DS#74 WR) + More +

  Redshirt junior receiver Miles Marshall has made steady progress in each of his first two active seasons at Indiana. This season, Marshall could take on an even more significant role in IU's offense. With senior Whop Philyor departed for the NFL draft, Marshall will enter the 2021 season as the second-most experienced receiver on the roster, behind just senior Ty Fryfogle. "I hope my role increases, but that's up to me," Marshall said following IU's ninth spring practice Tuesday. "I've got to keep working hard. I've got to keep getting faster. I've got to work on my hands. I've got to work on my releases, and I've got to become a better player to do the things I want to do. My goal is to end up in the NFL, so I've got a couple of more years left to achieve that goal." Marshall has posted 35 catches for 486 yards and two TDs in his career, including 19 catches for 290 yards and one TD last season. Marshall's highlight catch last year was a 68-yard grab on a fly route against Big Ten champion Ohio State. IU receivers coach Grant Heard is looking for the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Marshall to play more physical this season. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#74 WR) rSo/2023 WR Miles MarshallIndiana
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  03/25/21 - Thomas AllenrJr/2022, Indiana, 6-2, 237 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Indiana junior linebacker Thomas Allen is determined to play football again, even after a career-threatening hip injury that has caused pain, doubts and a lengthy rehab process. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Allen, the son of IU head coach Tom Allen, took a step forward in his rehabilitation by jogging around the field during spring practice this week. "It feels amazing," Allen said. "This type of injury kind of humbles you, and it makes you realize how fortunate you are to play Division I sports and play football in the Big Ten. I mean you've got to take every opportunity, and you don't take anything for granted. So a crappy run on the field is better than not doing it at all, and just putting that in perspective has really helped me."

Allen suffered a dislocated hip with a posterior wall fracture, the same injury Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered in his college career at Alabama, during IU's 24-0 win over Michigan State on Nov. 14, 2020. He forced a fumble earlier in the game, but after a Michigan State player landed on his hip awkwardly to finish a run play early in the third quarter, Allen stayed down in pain. "I've had enough injuries in my career to know something was pretty seriously wrong," Allen said. "I remember screaming, knowing something was wrong, and when the doc got it finally popped back in, it hurt." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Thomas AllenIndiana
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  03/24/21 - Dexter Williams IIFr/2024, Indiana, 6-1, 208 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The quarterback position at Indiana got thinner this spring. Indiana coach Tom Allen announced sophomore quarterback Dexter Williams suffered a torn ACL during spring practices last week. "A big blow to him and to us," Allen said. "It happened in a non-contact situation, just kind of one of those things that's hard to explain, just got to be able to develop that room and every other room as well." A borderline three/four-star quarterback out of Macon, Georgia, Williams didn't appear in any games for the Hoosiers last season as the third-string quarterback behind junior starter Michael Penix Jr. and junior backup Jack Tuttle. With Williams out, Tuttle is the only healthy scholarship quarterback available this spring. Penix is still rehabbing from his own torn ACL, with hopes of returning by the late summer to prepare for IU's season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2024 QB Dexter Williams IIIndiana
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  Indiana senior defensive back Marcelino McCrary-Ball had surgery to repair a torn ACL last October, the same morning of IU's breakthrough overtime win against Penn State that began a historic 2020 season. The rest of the season was one of mixed emotions for Ball -- happy to see the Hoosiers doing well and sad for not being a part of it. Ball found himself Googling "How quickly could you come back from an ACL tear" as he watched IU games on TV or listened on radio. "I had no negative thoughts," Ball said. "It was just more so can I come out there and play? Just put me in a little zone. I can't (play) man-to-man, I can't blitz right now but put me in a little Cover 3, Cover 4, I could go out there."

Ball said he's still "far out" as far as taking part in football practices this spring but is confident he's on the right track to be ready by the season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. His return could be important to a secondary that lost All-Big Ten safety Jamar Johnson to the NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 214-pound Ball has proven his worth as a playmaker at the husky position, with 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three interceptions. - Herald Bulletin


(DS#11 SS) rSr/2022 SS Marcelino McCrary-BallIndiana
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  03/11/21 - Ty FryfoglerSr/2022, Indiana, 6-2, 214 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  After a breakout 2020 season, many expected Indiana senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle to declare for the NFL draft. But with IU capping a historic season with a disappointing bowl loss, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Fryfogle was left with a feeling of unfinished business. "We still left stuff on the table, and there's a lot more that we can accomplish," Fryfogle said. As a result, Fryfolge finished his first day of spring practice with the Hoosiers on Tuesday eager for what lies ahead in the 2021 season. With Fryfogle among a handful of All-Big Ten players returning, IU will be considered one of the contenders to unseat Ohio State as league champion next season.

"We just started spring ball...15 opportunities to get better and just build off what we did last season," Fryfogle said. "I feel like we can accomplish anything we want to this season." Fryfogle proved what he could accomplish during a 2020 season in which he earned Big Ten wide receiver of the year honors with 37 catches for 721 yards and seven TDs. He became the first receiver in conference history to post back-to-back 200-yard receiving games, including a seven-catch, 218-yard, three-TD outing against Ohio State that put him on the national radar. - Herald Bulletin


(DS#5 WR) rSr/2022 WR Ty FryfogleIndiana
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  03/07/21 - Zach CarpenterrFr/2024, Indiana, 6-4, 329 (DS#999 C) + More +

  Indiana built a national football reputation in 2020 based on its second straight winning season and joyous locker room celebrations following landmark wins that were broadcast throughout the country. As a result, the Hoosiers were able to attract three transfers from major college programs that could fill holes and impact the 2021 season. Junior offensive lineman Zach Carpenter (Michigan), senior receiver D.J. Matthews (Florida State) and senior defensive end Ryder Anderson (Ole Miss) all will get a chance to make first impressions when spring football practices start next week. The 6-foot-5, 329-pound Carpenter, from famed Cincinnati Moeller, was recruited by the Hoosiers two years ago before picking Michigan, where he made two starts at center last season. He will battle for a starting role with the Hoosiers after Harry Crider declared for the NFL Draft.

"I've always seen myself as a leader," Carpenter said, when asked about the physical and mental demands of center. "I think definitely getting some Big Ten playing experience is beneficial to that as well. Obviously, there's no fans, but I'm confident that even if there is, that I'll be able to lead the offensive line out there." Carpenter said Indiana's success last season - the Hoosiers were 6-2 and posted their most Big Ten wins since 1987 - factored into his decision to come to IU. - Lawrence Journal World


(DS#999 C) rFr/2024 C Zach CarpenterIndiana
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  02/23/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rSo/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Indiana junior quarterback Mike Penix Jr. declared himself "on schedule if not maybe a little ahead of schedule" in his rehab from his second torn ACL in the span of three years. Penix said he's not running or throwing yet, and it's unlikely he'll take part in any drills when spring practices start March 9 and run through the end of April. "I've been working extremely hard to get back," Penix said. "I've been doing everything I can to go out and just continue to help motivate the team, still be the leader, even though I can't do certain activities. But I've been doing really good progressing every week and I feel myself getting a lot stronger and feeling more comfortable in my body."

Penix stopped short of guaranteeing a return for IU's Sept. 4 opener at Iowa. "Right now, I'm just sticking with the program, more rehab stuff right now," Penix said. "On-the-field stuff will come later. I'm not really worried about that right now. Just make sure I stay focused and doing whatever the trainers are telling me, just making sure I'm staying healthy outside of the facility … making sure there are no setbacks." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#14 QB) rSo/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  02/06/21 - Jaylin WilliamsJr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 179 (DS#49 CB) + More +

  Indiana junior cornerback Jaylin Williams was arrested on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated early Saturday morning. According to a Monroe County Sheriff's arrest report, the 20-year-old Williams was pulled over at 17th Street and Dunn Street, near Memorial Stadium, at 1:33 a.m. and recorded a blood alcohol content greater than .08 and less than .14. Williams was booked on charges on OWI and OWI endangerment and released from Monroe County Jail early Saturday morning. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#49 CB) Jr/2022 CB Jaylin WilliamsIndiana
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  02/05/21 - *Jamar JohnsonJr/2021, Indiana, 6-0, 205 (DS#10 FS) + More +

  Former IU safety Jamar Johnson earned an invite to the NFL combine Thursday night. Johnson, who earned first-team Big Ten honors in 2020, declared for the NFL draft last month after completing his junior season. At 6-foot-1 and 197 pounds, Johnson was a high-end cover safety at IU who posted seven career interceptions for the Hoosiers, including one he returned 63 yards for a TD in the 2020 Gator Bowl against Tennessee. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#10 FS) Jr/2021 FS *Jamar JohnsonIndiana
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  01/15/21 - *Stevie Scott IIIJr/2021, Indiana, 6-0, 225 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Indiana junior running back Stevie Scott declared for the NFL Draft on Friday, shaking up the Hoosiers' offensive plans for 2021. This is only somewhat surprising because of Scott's production in 2020. He gained 581 yards, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten, but it came on a 3.6-yard-per-carry average. In his record-setting freshman season in 2018, Scott averaged 5 yards per carry behind a more veteran line. That number fell to 4.7 as a sophomore. - Hoosier Sports Report

(DS#16 RB) Jr/2021 RB *Stevie Scott IIIIndiana
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  01/14/21 - *Jamar JohnsonJr/2021, Indiana, 6-0, 205 (DS#10 FS) + More +

  Indiana junior safety Jamar Johnson declared for the NFL Draft on Monday night, leaving a hole to fill in IU's secondary. Johnson made the announcement on his Twitter account. In moving from husky to safety to start the 2020 season, Johnson flourished, earning All-Big Ten honors this season. He tied cornerback Jaylin Williams for the team-lead in interceptions with four, while finishing the year with 43 tackles, one sack and four pass breakups. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Johnson finished his IU career with four sacks, two forced fumbles and seven interceptions, including an interception returned 63 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee in the 2020 Gator Bowl. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#10 FS) Jr/2021 FS *Jamar JohnsonIndiana
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  01/13/21 - Zach CarpenterrFr/2024, Indiana, 6-4, 329 (DS#999 C) + More +

  Indiana announced the addition of Michigan transfer offensive lineman Zach Carpenter on Monday. The 6-5, 329-pound Carpenter, out of Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati, appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman last season for Michigan and started one game at center. "He's a young man that we recruited heavily coming out of high school," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. "We know his family well, we know him well and we are happy for him to be able to join us. He has experience as a starter in the Big Ten and brings us high character, high work ethic and a lot of toughness." Carpenter could step in to replace senior center Harry Crider, who announced his intention to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#999 C) rFr/2024 C Zach CarpenterIndiana
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  01/11/21 - *Jamar JohnsonJr/2021, Indiana, 6-0, 205 (DS#10 FS) + More +

  First team All-Big Ten safety Jamar Johnson has decided to pursue his NFL career after a breakout junior season. The Sarasota, Fla. product announced his plans in a post on his Twitter page on Monday afternoon. In a graphic attached his post, Johnson thanked God, his family and the IU football program. Johnson finished tied with Jaylin Williams atop the team with four interceptions. Johnson, who returned those picks 94 yards, was the active IU leader with nine career takeaways and seven career interceptions. He finished the eight-game 2020 season with 43 tackles including 33 solo, 3.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups to go along with a sack and a forced fumble. - The Daily Hoosier

(DS#10 FS) Jr/2021 FS *Jamar JohnsonIndiana
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