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  10/04/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had his first three seasons end early because of injuries. The Hoosiers remain hopeful Penix won't make it four in a row. Coach Tom Allen said Monday that the redshirt junior suffered a separated throwing shoulder during Saturday's loss at Penn State. He is out indefinitely and is being listed as week to week. Jack Tuttle, who replaced Penix for the final two games last season, is expected to take over when the Hoosiers return to action Oct. 16 against No. 11 Michigan State.

The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have a bye this week. The injury occurred when Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith drove Penix into the ground during the third quarter. Since returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which ended his 2020 season, Penix was completing just 53.7% of his throws and had thrown seven interceptions and four TD passes. He threw three interceptions in each of Indiana's first two losses, with two returned for touchdowns. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  09/26/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Stephen Carr had 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Michael Penix Jr. passed for 373 yards to help Indiana beat Western Kentucky 33-31 on Saturdya night. Penix completed a career-high 34 passes on 53 attempts. Ty Fryfogle had 10 receptions for 98 yards, including a 10-yard reception on third-and-8 with 1:55 to play that allowed the Hoosiers to run out the clock and escape with the victory.

Penix said he found a rhythm early and was able to continue it for most of the game, thanks to his trust in his reads of the Western Kentucky defense. "It was just simple rhythm and making my reads," Penix said. "It was just trusting my eyes and trusting my reads." Indiana, which had two touchdowns and four field goals on its first six possessions, never trailed. Carr scored on a 1-yard touchdown to cap an 11-play, 79-yard opening drive and make it 7-0 with 10:15 left in the first quarter. Penix completed 5 of 6 passes for 51 yards in the drive. Following a three-and-out by Western Kentucky, the Hoosiers went 81 yards in 11 plays and Penix scored on a quarterback sneak to push the lead to 14-0 about five minutes later. Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe was 31-of-44 passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns. - Indiana/AP College Football


(DS#41 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  09/12/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Indiana had something to prove Saturday night. The Hoosiers didn't disappoint. Michael Penix Jr. threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and Indiana took advantage of two special teams touchdowns and a dominant defense to rout Idaho 56-14. For Indiana (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten), it was a big night. Playing in front of the biggest home crowd since Nov. 23 2019, the Hoosiers gave the near-capacity fans plenty to cheer about. Indiana has won 18 of its last 20 home openers, perhaps none more impressively than this one.

The timing couldn't have been better after last week's embarrassing loss at Iowa, either. This time, the Hoosiers cleaned up the mistakes, made all the big plays and never gave the Vandals (1-1) a chance. They took a 21-0 lead after one quarter and made it 35-0 before Idaho recorded a first down. "We were able to bounce back, address some things we needed to address and I think our guys responded in practice and the way we started," Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said. "I thought special teams was special tonight." For Idaho, it was a miserable night. - Indiana/AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  09/01/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  After another arduous rehab from surgery to repair a torn ACL, the second in the span of three years, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is once again ready to line up under center in a season opener. Penix is set to start for the No. 17 Hoosiers on Saturday at No. 18 Iowa (3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network), declaring himself 100% after three weeks of fall camp. "As far as the trust level goes, I trust my knee," Penix said. "I trust that everything is OK. The trainers have been doing a great job of getting me back on the field, and I'm 100% confident that I'm going to have a great season this year." The plan throughout the offseason was to bring Penix along at a methodical pace after suffering the season-ending injury Nov. 28 against Maryland, but he exceeded expectations through every step of his rehab process.

He began throwing routes to his receivers in July, was a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy that month and took part in every fall practice. IU offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said Penix has shook some rust off since the start of fall camp after not practicing in the spring but showed no physical limitations. "From a physical standpoint, he's the same Mike Penix that we've seen here," Sheridan said. "Still has a really strong arm, still moves very well, very instinctual player. I think going against our defense is a challenge each and every day, and I think that's been great for Mike. Just getting back into the live speed of it, the quickness of our defense challenges you in your decision making, in your ball placement, all those types of things." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  08/31/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  The only question with Penix is whether or not he would start against Iowa, and according to Allen, Penix's second ACL surgery rehab is right on schedule for him to start against the Hawkeyes. Penix missed the final two games last season, but still threw for 1,645 yards passing through six games, leading the Big Ten with 274.2 yards passing per game and finishing off the season with a pass efficiency rating of 136.5. As a starter at Indiana, Penix is 10-2 and was one of the 17 finalists for the Davey O'Brien award last year and has made the 2021 watch list for the award. During his freshman year in 2019, Penix set a school record high in completion percentage of 68.8 percent, which is sixth in Big Ten history. - The Gazette

(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  08/29/21 - Peyton HendershotrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-4, 254 (DS#29 TE) + More +

  After a record-setting sophomore season in 2019, Indiana tight end Peyton Hendershot admitted he didn't play up to his standards in 2020. But with a full offseason in the weight room and a summer spent getting on the same page with quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Hendershot is eager to show he can be counted on for big catches in IU's offense. "I feel probably the best I've ever felt my entire life," Hendershot said. "My speed, my strength, everything." Hendershot credited an offseason working with IU strength coach Aaron Wellman for his physical transformation. After playing at 265 pounds as a sophomore and 240 pounds last season, Hendershot entered fall camp at 252 pounds. "For a long time, I was really trying to figure out a good weight for me, a perfect weight," Hendershot said. "It's a really good weight for me, especially for running routes."

IU tight ends coach Kevin Wright expects the increased strength this season to show up in Hendershot's ability to block in the run game as well. "He's always been able to catch the football," Wright said. "He's always had good ball skills. But I think that what you will see is one of the better blocking tight ends in the Big Ten, and I think that's just a byproduct of all the work he's put in in the offseason. He's just one of the strongest guys on our team in general. So good ball skills, he's stronger, he's more physical and just he's played like a veteran throughout camp." Hendershot still finished with 23 catches for 151 yards and four TDs last season, including a two-TD game against Rutgers, to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors. - Herald Bulletin


(DS#29 TE) rSr/2022 TE Peyton HendershotIndiana
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  08/28/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Carr's track record coming out of USC is proven. He endured some injuries, including back and foot issues that sidelined him for a handful of games over the last three seasons. But with 1,329 yards rushing and 12 TDs rushing and 57 catches for 421 yards and one TD receiving, Carr brings a dual-threat element to the position that could spark IU's run game, which lacks big-play ability. The Hoosiers ranked 12th in the Big Ten in rushing at 108.6 yards per game and 13th in yards per carry at 3.1. "His strengths are he's very explosive," McCullough said. "His change of direction is high end, his ability to obviously make people miss. He runs with power. He runs with decisiveness...His pass protection is where I want it to be also. Obviously, he has great hands. We'll be able to see those on display as we continue to go through the season. The things to continue to work on is all the finer points of our offense, just continuing to work on those, seeing signals, different things like that, not relying on the quarterback to tell him the plays." Carr has already developed a rapport with his new teammates, who are fond of calling him "booda," a family nickname he earned before birth. "My mom, my big sister used to go up to her stomach when I was inside of her, used to go up to her stomach and say booda, booda, booda," Carr said. "It just stuck." - Herald Bulletin

(DS#41 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  08/27/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  As Indiana junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. enters a critical 2021 season for the Hoosiers, he took advantage of a development opportunity that could impact IU's entire offense. Penix was one of a handful of college quarterbacks who were invited and served as camp counselors last month at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Now Penix is looking to pass along lessons learned from the First Family of NFL quarterbacks. Peyton Manning, of course, remains an Indianapolis sports icon, leading the Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2007 and another Super Bowl appearance in 2010, while Eli Manning led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins. "The main thing that Peyton and Eli were saying, just control what you can control," Penix said. "We've got to make sure we work on everything until we can't get it wrong. That's one thing Peyton said, as well. He said whenever he used to do, like, routes and stuff with his receivers, he said they didn't run the route until they got it right. They ran it until they couldn't get it wrong, and that's something that I really took back with me." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  08/24/21 - Jonathan HaynesrSr/2022, Indiana, 5-11, 205 (DS#84 SS) + More +

  Jones said new IU defensive back Jonathan Haynes, who he coached at Ole Miss, is doing his best to adapt quickly after arriving from Ole Miss last week as a graduate transfer. "He's running around. He's giving us great effort," Jones said. "He's putting the time in. He's studying the defense, so he knows what's going on. He's a physical player where we can roll him into the box where teams are running the football. He doesn't mind coming down mixing it up." Haynes said he's looking forward to playing for the Hoosiers. "I felt like I needed a better opportunity, and coming here was a big opportunity for me playing in the Big Ten," Haynes said. "Even though I came from the SEC, I felt like the Big Ten can help me way more." - Herald Bulletin

(DS#84 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jonathan HaynesIndiana
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  08/23/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Indiana's first intrasquad football scrimmage of fall camp revealed a high-charged offense and the emergence of Southern California transfer running back Stephen Carr. Indiana coach Tom Allen said Monday the offense had the upper hand on the defense Saturday when the first and second teams squared off at Memorial Stadium. "Probably the first time that that's happened throughout fall camp with an extended amount of plays, so that was good to see as well," Allen said. "I thought our defense responded very well (Monday) to that, so it's a typical back and forth, but being the first full scrimmage, it's really the most amount of live tackling that we've done. Tackling was OK but needs to get better, which is usually the case for the first one."

Allen said the strong offensive execution began with the play of all three quarterbacks on the depth chart. Starter Michael Penix Jr., backup Jack Tuttle and freshman third-stringer Donaven McCulley all took snaps in the scrimmage. Allen said the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Carr has created some separation in the position battle for starting running back. "It's pretty obvious," Allen said. "He's a good back, and the thing about him is he does a lot of things well. He obviously can run the football, but he can pass pro(tect), and he has really good hands and just understands football, has played a lot of football, and some guys have that knack to them. He did some good things for sure." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#41 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  08/22/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Allen said starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. remains on track to start the season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. Penix worked with the first-team offense Wednesday, connecting on throws to receivers Javon Swinton and Jacolby Hewitt in traffic. "The progress has been good," Allen said. "I feel like as you go through it, every fall camp is this way, it's still about timing, working with the receivers. Obviously, he's been throwing all summer, but timing when you have the whole offense there and the routes and the different things that you do and the routes on air, and the skelly and then the team periods, and then obviously we just continue to develop him in between those periods." Allen said Penix has been staying after practice to get extra work in with receivers. "More than anything what stuck out to me is his leadership growth and being able to command everything and correct and challenge and call guys out in a positive way, and they need that," Allen said. "So I think he's definitely in a good place." - Herald Bulletin

(DS#26 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  08/22/21 - Miles MarshallrJr/2023, Indiana, 6-4, 212 (DS#96 WR) + More +

  Last season, Indiana junior wide receiver Miles Marshall proved to himself he could play and produce at the Big Ten level. The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder had 19 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown as IU's third starting receiver with Ty Fryfogle and Whop Philyor. Marshall often alternated with Philyor playing the slot, while lining up outside as well. "I come into this year with a whole lot of confidence," Marshall said. "Knowing I can do it, knowing I can get even better than what I did last year." With Philyor gone and Fryfolge, the reigning Big Ten receiver of the year, back, Marshall now finds himself as the No. 2 receiver on IU's depth chart. But Marshall said he's pushing himself to be the best receiver on the field each day in practice.

"I hope he embraces being a No. 1 receiver because, ultimately, Ty made a bunch of plays, so Ty is not going to sneak up on anybody," IU receivers coach Grant Heard said. Heard expects many defenses to follow the blueprint of Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl, which was to take Fryfogle away and force IU's other receivers to step up and make plays. "We have to make sure we have players across from them that can make plays and feel like they are the first option on every route and have that mindset so when the ball comes to them they are not surprised," Heard said. "They should expect the ball to come to them every play." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#96 WR) rJr/2023 WR Miles MarshallIndiana
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  08/20/21 - Beau RobbinsrSo/2024, Indiana, 6-5, 260 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Early in camp, two under-the-radar players have stood out on Indiana's defensive front. Beau Robbins, a third-year sophomore from Carmel, and Weston Kramer, a grad transfer from Northern Illinois, have been making the most of their opportunities in practice according to IU defensive line coach Kevin Peoples. Peoples said the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Robbins, a four-star prospect and the No. 4 player from Indiana coming out of high school in 2019, is starting to tap into his potential. "Beau, just from Day 1 has improved drastically," People said. "His pass rush is much better. He's playing with much more confidence. He started playing better at the end of last season. He actually got into the bowl game, so I think, you know, Beau is just steady, and he's what this program is about, a guy that works hard, that loves Indiana football, that is smart and is going to give us everything he's got." - Herald Bulletin

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2024 DE Beau RobbinsIndiana
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  08/19/21 - Jonathan HaynesrSr/2022, Indiana, 5-11, 205 (DS#84 SS) + More +

  The IU secondary added a veteran piece late in the offseason as coach Tom Allen announced former Ole Miss safety Jon Haynes joined the program on Thursday. Haynes, a 5-11, 205-pound safety comes to Bloomington as a graduate transfer after playing two seasons at Ole Miss. Haynes was a three-star recruit out of Jones College in Ellisville, Miss. The senior is using his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic to join the Hoosiers. Haynes played in 21 games during his Ole Miss career, amassing 86 tackles, two interceptions, five pass deflections and one tackle for loss. His last game with the Rebels was against IU in the Outback Bowl. - Indianapolis Star/News

(DS#84 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jonathan HaynesIndiana
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  08/18/21 - C.J. PersonrSo/2024, Indiana, 6-2, 292 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  How does first-year defensive coordinator Charlton Warren improve an IU defense that ranked top-15 nationally in forced turnovers and sacks per game? The answer is an increased emphasis on creating pressure or "havoc" in the opposing backfield without blitzing, allowing the back seven to play tighter coverage for shorter periods of time. IU defensive line coach Kevin Peoples said the defense keeps tracks of every havoc play (sack, tackle for loss, forced fumble, pass breakup, interception) during practice and names a havoc leader at the end of each day. Through five days of fall practice, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle C.J. Person and the defensive line have been consistently disruptive up front.

At 6-3 and 292 pounds, Person added lean muscle during the offseason while maintaining his strength and increasing his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. His ability to win his matchups up front and generate pressure will be key for the Hoosiers. "C.J. Person has really stepped up, (we're) pleased with him," Peoples said. "C.J.'s always been a talent. I mean he's been twitchy, he's got a little extra athleticism, a little twitch. ... He did some really good things for us last year, but it started with him in the spring and then all through the summer. He had a tremendous summer. "He changed his body... He's done an unbelievable job of really taking coach (Aaron) Wellman's leadership in the weight room, and then changing the things that he needs to change." - Indianapolis Star/News


(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT C.J. PersonIndiana
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