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  07/21/21 - Ty FryfoglerSr/2022, Indiana, 6-2, 214 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  Four different IU football players were named to watch lists of major college football awards on Monday. Wide receiver Ty Fryfogle and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, given to college football's top offensive player. On defense, linebacker Micah McFadden and cornerback Tiawan Mullen were named to on the Bednarik Award Watch list, given to college football's top defensive player. Fryfogle enjoyed a breakout 2020 season for the Hoosiers, with 37 catches for 721 yards and 7 TDs to earn Big Ten wide receiver of the year honors. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#7 WR) rSr/2022 WR Ty FryfogleIndiana
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  07/18/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  Penix might be the best quarterback Ohio State faces this season. Until the eventual OSU starting QB gets some games under his belt it's wise to assume the former three-star recruit is the best field general in the Big Ten. He torched the Buckeyes last season, throwing for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns. Most of that came in the second half after Ohio State had already built a 35-7 lead, but it still allowed the Hoosiers to get back into the game. If Shaun Wade doesn't take an interception back for a touchdown to close out the third quarter, that 42-35 victory might've been headed to overtime. Now he's back with one of his best weapons at wide receiver - Ty Fryfogle - paired with a defense still talented enough to maximize Tom Allen's aggressive approach. He'll be the first thing Ohio State sees coming off a bye week. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#14 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  07/11/21 - Micah McFaddenSr/2022, Indiana, 6-1, 235 (DS#8 ILB) + More +

  As a three-star prospect, there was some doubt on how successful McFadden could be in the Big Ten. He proved doubters wrong, making an immediate impact in his underclassmen years and building a campaign as one of the country's top linebackers. As a sophomore he earned a starting position, topping the Hoosiers with 61 tackles (42 solos), 10 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He was awarded IU's Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year and voted first-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media. He played his best ball last season, as he topped the Big Ten in sacks (6), becoming the first Hoosier to lead the conference in sacks since Greg Middleton in 2007. He also tied for second in solo stops and shared third in TFLs and tied for eighth in interceptions. McFadden's biggest performance of last season came against top-10 opponents. Against No. 8 Penn State, he finished with a game-high 11 solo tackles (a career best) and one for loss in the season-opening win. At No. 3 Ohio State he collected a game-high 10 stops (all solo) and one for loss. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#8 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Micah McFaddenIndiana
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  06/11/21 - Jaren HandyJr/2023, Indiana, 6-5, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  A family connection and a chance to make an impact in a new conference attracted Auburn transfer defensive lineman Jaren Handy to Indiana. Handy watched the Hoosiers weekly last season as his cousin, standout wide receiver Ty Fryfogle, caught pass after pass from quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr. and Jack Tuttle. "I felt like they should have won every game," Handy said of IU's 6-2 season. "The Ohio State game. I was really upset with them with the Ole Miss game because I really felt like they could have pulled it out." The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Handy views himself as someone who can help make a difference defensively, which is why he transferred to IU. "I felt like I had a pretty good chance to play," Handy said. "The team was up and coming. I feel like we were one step away from, you know, winning the Big Ten and getting a championship at the end."

Handy, a junior, played seven games at defensive end at Auburn last season, recording his first career sack in the Iron Bowl game against rival Alabama and a tackle for loss against Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl. A former top-100 national recruit from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Handy projects to bring more speed and athleticism to IU's defensive front. He's preparing to play the bull position in IU's 4-2-5 defense and wants to get down to a playing weight of 255 to 260 pounds. "I'm going to be pass rushing, dropping back in coverage and moving around and stuff like that," Handy said. "I feel like it would be a great chance to showcase my talents and what I can do." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Jaren HandyIndiana
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  06/08/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  New Indiana running back Stephen Carr admitted it was a tough decision to leave USC. It was Carr's dream school, the one the former five-star recruit from Gardena, California, committed to the moment he was offered a scholarship there. But after four up-and-down seasons with the Trojans, Carr decided this offseason to end his college football career at Indiana as a graduate transfer. He'll be reunited with new IU running backs Deland McCullough, who coached him at USC in 2017 as a freshman before leaving for an NFL job with the Kansas City Chiefs. But Carr, who arrived on IU's campus last week to begin offseason workouts, said Tuesday playing under McCullough wasn't the only factor in his decision to play for the Hoosiers. "Being away from my family and friends, not being able to hang out with them so easily, I feel like this is a great opportunity to focus on myself and learn a lot about myself and really determine if I want it that bad, which I think I do - which I know I do," Carr said.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Carr will begin that process this offseason, where he will compete for the starting running back job at IU with returning junior Sampson James and returning sophomores David Ellis and Tim Baldwin. IU could end up taking more of a running backs-by-committee approach with the departure of workhorse running back Steve Scott III, who signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in April. "I can't wait for these next five months to see the end result of these next five months, but I'm just being patient, taking it day by day," Carr said. "Just trying to stack my coins, little by little, as much as I can, get better 1% every day." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#35 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  05/29/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  Each of the returners in the running back room offered something a little different. James has flashed a mix of burst and power. Baldwin is smooth and savvy, capable of recognizing his cutback lane and picking up yards in chunks. Ellis is a unique hybrid, a natural receiver who can make plays in space. What makes Carr unique is, in his ideal form, he's a little bit of all of those things. The former five-star prospect just never quite put it all together in four years at USC. Repeated injuries and the depth of the Trojans' backfield made it hard for Carr to settle in as a three-down back. But he was highly regarded as a recruit because he flashed an ability to do it all, turning on a dime and making people miss, churning out tough yards, when necessary. What he's proven most is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

Carr's upside potential is intriguing, especially with the departure of Scott. But at the very least, Carr's arrival brings competition to IU's running back room. Yes, James has the makings of an every-down back. But he could never quite surpass Scott for carries. Yes, Baldwin and Ellis have talent. But they don't have a ton of experience. Carr will push James, Baldwin, and Ellis to their maximum, and he will also serve as insurance against failure. But if the situation merits, it's not out of the question that McCullough splits carries between two or three. Devine Redding and Jordan Howard were both 1,000-yard rushers in 2015. Along with Tevin Coleman's 2,000-yard season in '14, D'Angelo Roberts had 107 runs for 493 yards. - Herald-Review Times


(DS#35 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  05/24/21 - Camron BuckleyrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Indiana announced another transfer addition Monday, receiver Camron Buckley from Texas A&M. Buckley, a 6-2, 190-pound receiver from Cedar Hill, Tex., missed the 2020 season with a knee injury in August. In three seasons with Texas A&M, Buckley collected 62 catches for 877 yards and four touchdowns. His best season came in 2018 as a sophomore, pulling in 34 catches for 474 yards. "Cam has caught a lot of footballs and made a lot of big-time plays in the SEC," IU coach Tom Allen said in a news release. "He brings experience and leadership to the wide receivers room. We're excited about the play-making ability he adds to our offense." As a recruit, Buckley was ranked as a three-star prospect in the class of 2017, considered the No. 372 recruit in the country. He had offers from Texas, Auburn, Miami, and TCU, among others. He was also recruited and offered by current IU receivers coach Grant Heard when he was at Ole Miss. - Indianapolis Star/News

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Camron BuckleyIndiana
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  05/17/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  Indiana has dipped into the transfer portal for another potential impact player, landing a commitment from Southern Cal running back Stephen Carr as a graduate transfer. A five-star high school recruit from Gardena, California, Carr rushed for 1,329 yards on 264 carries (5-yard average) with 12 TDs in three seasons with the Trojans. The 6-foot, 215-pound Carr also was effective catching the ball out of the backfield, with 57 catches for 421 yards and one TD and returned 15 kickoffs for 321 yards.

At IU, Carr will be reunited with IU running backs coach Deland McCullough, who recruited Carr to USC before leaving to take the running backs coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs. Carr will join an IU position group that includes junior Sampson James, sophomore Tim Baldwin, sophomore David Ellis and returning walk-ons Charlie Spegal and Davion Ervin-Poindexter. James sat out spring drills with an undisclosed injury. - Herald-Teview Times


(DS#35 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  05/14/21 - Michael Penix Jr.rJr/2023, Indiana, 6-2, 218 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  For as injury prone as Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been throughout his college career, he's also proven to be a quick healer. Video surfaced last week of Penix throwing in his native Tampa, Florida, and IU coach Tom Allen said Thursday the All-Big Ten signal caller remains on track to be ready in time for IU's season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. Penix is less than seven months removed from a torn ACL he suffered Nov. 28 against Maryland on a scramble going out of bounds at Memorial Stadium that sidelined him for the rest of the season. "We feel good about it," Allen said. "I mean, it's like anything else. You've got to stay progressing each month, watching it very carefully. He's got his doctors that had the surgery there monitoring everything very carefully, and they are very cautious -- as they should be."

Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said the plan is for Penix to start throwing to some of his IU teammates when he returns to campus in July. "I feel good where he's at and again in July start throwing with the guys and expect him to be, you know -- he won't be hit or anything throughout fall camp, so that gives him another whole month of August as well to be able to continue to heal," Allen said. "But he'll be full bore when we get into fall camp. There won't be any restrictions on him other than just not hitting." - Herald Bulletin


(DS#14 QB) rJr/2023 QB Michael Penix Jr.Indiana
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  05/13/21 - Jaren HandyJr/2023, Indiana, 6-5, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Former Auburn defensive lineman Jaren Handy has a new home, and it's in the Big Ten. The former four-star prospect, who entered the transfer portal at the end of April following the conclusion of spring practices, announced on Wednesday that he has committed to Indiana. Once a top-100 prospect coming out of Hattiesburg, Miss., in the 2019 class, Handy appeared in 14 games during his first two seasons at Auburn. He totaled just 10 tackles, including three for a loss and one sack, during that time while adding one pass breakup. Handy spent this spring at Auburn's newly listed edge defender spot in defensive coordinator Derek Mason's hybrid 3-4 scheme, though Mason said in March that the 6-foot-5, 252-pounder could also line up at defensive end and as a 4-technique, providing the Tigers with versatility along the defensive front. - Birmingham News

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  05/12/21 - Stephen CarrrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-0, 215 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  As USC leaves behind a by-committee approach to its backfield, one of its most experienced running backs is planning to leave USC. Stephen Carr has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal, a person familiar with the decision confirmed to The Times, ending an up-and-down, four-year tenure that started with a bang as a freshman, only to taper off in the seasons that followed.

His departure clears the way for Texas transfer Keaontay Ingram to join forces with sixth-year senior Vavae Malepeai as the two top backs in a Trojans rushing attack that last season ranked among the worst in college football. USC averaged just 97 yards rushing per game during its shortened 2020 campaign, worse than all but seven teams at the FBS level. Carr played a mostly part-time role, rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 46 attempts, second-most on the team behind Malepeai. But the trio of Malepeai, Carr, and oft-injured Markese Stepp, who left in January for Nebraska, never found its rhythm. A lackluster showing on the ground led USC to replace its offensive line coach and run game coordinator and retool its philosophy. In January, running backs coach Mike Jinks told The Times that USC planned to scrap its by-committee approach in favor of using "an RB1 and an RB2". - Los Angeles Times


(DS#35 RB) rSr/2022 RB Stephen CarrIndiana
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  05/04/21 - Jerome JohnsonrSr/2021, Indiana, 6-2, 296 (DS#29 DT) + More +

  Four Indiana football players signed undrafted free agent deals with teams shortly after the NFL draft ended Saturday. All-Big Ten first team defensive tackle Jerome Johnson was the first to sign with the Miami Dolphins, while All-Big second-team running back Stevie Scott III signed with the New Orleans Saints. Former IU center Harry Crider signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, while wide receiver Whop Philyor signed with the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. - Herald Bulletin

(DS#29 DT) rSr/2021 DT Jerome JohnsonIndiana
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  05/02/21 - Jaren HandyJr/2023, Indiana, 6-5, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Auburn is set to lose another one of the top players from its 2019 signing class. Defensive end Jaren Handy entered the NCAA transfer portal Friday morning, AL.com has learned. Handy, who didn't participate in the team's spring game earlier this month, posted just three tackles and a sack as a sophomore last season. With Handy leaving, six of the top 11 ranked players from that 2019 Tigers class are no longer with the program, including three of the top five. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Jaren HandyIndiana
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  05/01/21 - Jaren HandyJr/2023, Indiana, 6-5, 252 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  It appears Auburn's defensive front is on the verge of taking another considerable hit this spring. According to multiple reports, Auburn Edge player Jaren Handy has entered the transfer portal. The news comes after the rising junior was one of several players who did not attend the Tigers' A-Day spring game on April 17. Handy's decision was first reported by AL.com's Matt Zenitz. A former four-star recruit from Hattiesburg, Miss., the 6-foot-5, 242-pound Handy has been in the mix for playing time during his two years at Auburn. Handy appeared in seven games in 2019 and in seven games in 2020. He finished his sophomore year with three tackles, including his first career sack in the Tigers' Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. Handy has 10 total tackles, one sack and one pass defended during his time with the Tigers. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Jaren HandyIndiana
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  04/30/21 - Camron BuckleyrSr/2022, Indiana, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Texas A&M wide receiver Camron Buckley and safety Derrick Tucker have entered the NCAA transfer portal, both making the announcement via twitter Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Buckley missed the 2020 season because of a knee injury suffered in fall camp. "I have enjoyed my 4 years as an Aggie but after careful consideration I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer," Buckley said. "I am walking by faith and trusting God." Buckley for his career had 62 receptions for 877 yards with four touchdowns. His best season was as a sophomore in 2018, making 34 catches for 474 yards with a touchdown. Tucker, who opted out of the 2020 season, played in 25 games, making 16 starts. He ended with 84 career tackles, 55 of them solos. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Camron BuckleyIndiana
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