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Indiana senior WR Ricky Jones set a career-high with 208 receiving yards on eight receptions in Saturday's 33-28 loss to Wake Forest.

The breakthrough came out of nowhere, because while Jones had a strong 54-906-5 line last year, he'd caught only three balls for 18 yards through this season's first two games. The Hoosiers, now 2-1, face a stiff test in trying to stay above .500 next week. That's because they kick off the Big Ten slate with Michigan State, a furious bunch following Saturday's humiliating home upset loss to Wisconsin.
Sep 24 - 8:29 PM

Indiana sophomore WR Nick Westbrook had a big game for the second week in a row, posting six receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 33-28 loss to Wake Forest.

The Hoosiers couldn't overcome quarterback Richard Lagow's five interceptions, one of them returned for a touchdown. In all, 17 Wake Forest points came off turnovers. While Indiana drops to 2-1, they may have something in Westbrook. The sophomore, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch from Lagow today, now has a 15-332-4 line through three games.
Sep 24 - 8:23 PM

Indiana freshman WR Kiante Enis was dismissed following his Thursday arrest on two charges of child molestation.

In a released statement, the Randolph County sheriff's department said that investigators interviewed Enis after being made aware of his possible relationship with a "child 13 years or younger." He subsequently admitted to a "consensual sexual encounter that occurred on at least two occasions in Randolph County." Indiana has dismissed the wideout. The charges he is facing are Level 3 felonies and could carry up to 16 years in prison.
Sep 22 - 2:38 PM

Indiana junior WR Simmie Cobbs underwent successful ankle surgery Tuesday.

That really escalated quickly. Cobbs was suspended for the opener but was fully expected to return in Wk. 2 until he became a late scratch. This, obviously, is the reason why. Now, Cobbs may not play at all this year. Apparently, his timetable may allow for a return if Cobbs elects not to use a redshirt to save a season of eligibility. This is a big loss for the Hoosiers, who were counting on Cobbs to be their No. 1 receiver.
Sep 13 - 5:46 PM

Suspended Indiana junior WR Simmie Cobbs is expected to be reinstated for Saturday's showdown with Ball State.

Cobbs and five other players were suspended for the season-opener against FIU for unspecified reasons. His return bolsters an already strong offense. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.
Source: Indy Star
Sep 9 - 2:06 PM

Indiana junior TE Jordan Fuchs suffered a dislocated ankle in Thursday's win over FIU.

Fuchs dislocated his ankle on a special teams play and needed a cart to leave the field. HC Kevin Wilson was not shy in discussing the specifics of the injury. He called it "significant," adding, "It's a dislocation, might need a surgery to an ankle that might take some time but could potentially get back this season, but he's got a redshirt year." The 6-foot-6, 233-pounder made minimal statistical contributions last season (four catches for 38 yards, two of which went for touchdowns). Sophomore Brandon Knight is the likely candidate to fill the void left by Fuchs' absence. Wilson indicated that outside of the tight end's ankle dislocation, the team largely came away from Thursday's season-opening win a healthy bunch.
Source: Rivals
Sep 2 - 12:17 PM

Indiana sophomore RB Devine Redding rushed for 135 yards on 22 carries in Thursday's 34-13 win over FIU.

No touchdowns for Redding, but it was a nice performance nonetheless. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder showed off a nice strength element on multiple runs and ultimately finished the evening with a healthy 6.1 YPC average. After splitting time with Jordan Howard last season, this will be Redding's show in 2016. Even with last season's time share, he still managed to rush for 1,012 yards (4.5 YPC) and nine touchdowns.
Sep 1 - 11:40 PM

Indiana suspended junior WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. and five others in advance of Thursday's game against Florida International.

No word as to the exact reason that Cobbs and company are facing HC Kevin Wilson's wrath. In a statement, Indiana said that the players in question had "not liv[ed] up to their responsibilities to the program at different times since the conclusion of the 2015 season." In addition to the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder sitting this one out, one-game suspensions have also been levied against S Chase Dutra, DT Ralph Green III, CB Noel Padmore and DB Jake Attar.
Sep 1 - 7:33 PM

Indiana named redshirt junior QB Richard Lagow the starter for 2016.

Lagow initially signed with UConn as part of the 2013 class, but transferred to Oklahoma State before the start of that season. He would take a redshirt in 2013 before bouncing over to Cisco Junior College for the past two seasons. Then onward to Indiana. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder beat out junior gunslinger Zander Diamont for the right to open as Indiana's starter. The ESPN JC50 ranked him as the No. 49 overall JUCO prospect in the 2016 class. Playing with one of the best receiving corps in the Big Ten, Lagow has a chance to put up legitimate fantasy numbers now that he has secured the starting gig.
Aug 26 - 12:49 PM

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.
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