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Indiana redshirt sophomore J-Shun Harris will miss the entire year after tearing his ACL for the second straight season.

It is the other knee this time. Harris was reportedly looking "dynamic... fast and explosive," so this is a bummer for Indiana's offense. As a freshman he produced 18 catches for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Indiana's offense will look totally different in 2016, without Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard. Now they are without one of their top playmakers.
Aug 15 - 11:26 AM

Indiana OC Kevin Johns said of redshirt sophomore WR J-Shun Harris (knee), "Boy, he looks fast and explosive."

Harris took a redshirt for 2015 after he suffered a summer injury to his ACL. During his freshman season with the Hoosiers in 2014, the 5-foot-8, 170-pounder hauled in 18 passes for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Johns believes the injury has helped install a new mentality for Harris. "Anytime you have a year taken away from you, the next time you have a chance to come back you sort of appreciate everything a little bit more. You’re not on the side rehabbing an injured knee. Now you’re actually on there playing a game. I see a different sense of urgency." HC Kevin Wilson says that Harris is currently in a "dogfight" with fellow wideout Mitchell Paige as the two battle for reps in camp.
Aug 10 - 3:39 PM

Indiana freshman T Ryan Smith will miss the 2016 season with a Lisfranc injury.

Smith suffered the injury some time ago, but HC Kevin Wilson indicated that it is severe enough that the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder will be unable to play this season. Lisfranc injuries are killers. Smith's on-field contributions at this tender stage in his development were probably going to be relatively minor for the coming season, but depth blows on the offensive line can come back to burn down the road.
Aug 8 - 12:50 PM

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said freshman RB Tyler Natee is "Ron Dayne."

All Ron Dayne did was rush for 7,125 yards and 71 touchdowns in four seasons, including 2,109 yards and 21 touchdowns as a freshman. No pressure, Natee. Wilson just coached two productive running backs in Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard, and Howard's straight-line style needs to be replaced. Natee is listed at 260-pounds, but local writers are saying he is closer to 280-pounds. This should be a fun watch.
Aug 8 - 11:15 AM

Indiana redshirt junior WR Mitchell Paige drew praise from an anonymous Big 10 coach.

"Mitchell Paige is 5-foot-nothing, but he’s a hell of a slot guy and competitive SOB who you’ve really got to watch out for in the punt return game," the coach said. Paige finished second on the team last year with 57 receptions, third on the team with 684 yards and ended up leading the Hoosiers with six touchdown grabs. His two punt return scores shared a program record.
Aug 5 - 5:24 PM

Indiana HC Kevin Wilson indicated that sophomore QB Donavan Hale would like to transition to receiver.

This is a logical move, as Hale was buried on the quarterback depth chart behind Zander Diamont and Richard Lagow. Indeed, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder's only contribution last season came on kick returns (two for 22 yards) and at receiver (one catch for 10 yards). That was about it for his statistical output in 2015. Whether the former three-start athlete is actually able to carve out a receiving niche this month remains to be seen, but his place on the Hoosiers' totem pole should become more clear in the coming weeks.
Aug 3 - 4:00 PM

Indiana received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DT Derrius Mullins.

"The coaches treat you with respect, they treat your family with respect," Mullins said. "The campus is beautiful and I think their program is going to turn around. Coach Wilson has a six-year extension so I don’t have to worry about him leaving." The 6-foot-4, 326-pounder noted that "Indiana was the only school where all their commits contacted me. They said, pretty much, for me to get on board." Penn State, Pitt and Purdue were among those spurned by his commitment to the Hoosiers. Mullins was named the DL MVP at the Columbus Rivals Camp earlier this offseason.
Source: Rivals
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM

Indiana HC Kevin Wilson said that redshirt sophomore WR Isaac Griffith (knee) will undergo a second procedure on his ACL which could force him to miss the 2016 season.

Griffith tore his ACL against Penn State on October 10 of last season. Unfortunately, the 6-foot, 194-pounder's recovery has been a rocky one and his knee simply isn't responding well enough to rehabilitative treatment. "They’re getting ready to do a procedure on him that will cost him his preseason," Wilson said, "and maybe the season."
Jul 28 - 2:49 PM

Indiana HC Kevin Wilson indicated that he is hopeful that junior WR Camion Patrick (knee) will be able to return in time for conference play.

Indiana will host Michigan State on October 1 to kick off the Big Ten portion of their schedule. Campion is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in mid-April. While the wideout was not academically eligible to compete in 2015 after transferring to the Hoosiers from the JUCO ranks, Wilson is excited to unleash the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder on the unsuspecting masses this coming season. "We do have a lot of backs and we do have a lot of receivers," Wilson said. "And I think he’s the best of all of them." Patrick's recovery timetable should start to crystallize in August, when Wilson and company are able to take a more hands-on approach with the talented-but-wounded junior.
Jul 28 - 2:13 PM

Indiana redshirt sophomore S Will Dawkins has left the program, according to Phil Steele.

Dawkins was a presumed 2016 starter at the hybrid safety/linebacker spot he manned for the final three games of 2015, including the school's bowl game against Duke. In those three games, Dawkins was on the field for 62 percent of the school's defensive snaps. Steele offered no extra information regarding Dawkins' next move.
Jun 22 - 9:42 AM

Indiana redshirt sophomore T Tim Gardner has left the football team, according to Phil Steele.

Gardner was expected to open last season as the starter at right tackle, but that did not happen. Instead, he only received a handful of offensive snaps throughout the season. Indiana lost starting left tackle Jason Spriggs to the NFL, so they were on the lookout for replacements. Gardner obviously does not appear to be in the plans for that opening.
Jun 22 - 9:30 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted that with the Bears' addition of Indiana RB Jordan Howard, QB Jay Cutler's mistakes could be minimized.

"With [Jeremy] Langford and Howard rolling downhill for four quarters, the Bears can ask much less from the erratic Jay Cutler," Zierlein wrote. Chicago selected the 6-foot, 230-pound Howard at pick No. 150 in the fifth round. We see him as a runner in the mold of Chris Ivory. How the Bears split touches between Langford and Howard is one of the stories to watch once training camps get underway later this summer. Both young men could be handicapped as fantasy prospects if this is a true timeshare.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 4:46 PM

Thirty players who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft early went undrafted.

In the end, 107 players left college with remaining eligibility, with 28-percent of them ultimately going undrafted. That list is headlined by names like DL Darius Latham, S Tyvis Powell, RB Peyton Barber and WRs Roger Lewis, Marquez North, Jalin Marshall and De’Runnya Wilson. Some players were running from disciplinary or academic issues, while some just badly misjudged their value.
May 3 - 4:03 PM

Raiders signed Indiana DL Darius Latham.

Latham (6'4/311) made 20 starts in three years at IU, tallying 18.5 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a 2015 true junior, then turned pro. Latham struggled with suspensions and play-to-play consistency with the Hoosiers, but offers big-time run-stuffing and some interior pass-rushing potential as a long-armed (34 3/4") space eater with powerful hands. Latham could settle in as a useful reserve.
May 2 - 3:45 PM

Redskins selected Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld with the No. 187 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Sudfeld (6'6/234) made 26 starts for Indiana, completing 60.3% of his career passes with an 8.02 YPA and 61:20 TD-to-INT ratio. He added eight rushing scores and was voted third-team All-Big Ten as a senior. A "push passer" with a tendency to airmail way too many throws, Sudfeld fails to maximize his arm strength due to shoddy fundamentals and is a sloth in the pocket with heavy feet. Sudfeld flashed an aggressive passing mentality at Indiana, but his game is littered with flaws.
Apr 30 - 4:12 PM


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