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Over the spring, Indiana named senior TE Ian Thomas the Most Improved Player on offense and awarded him a Fly Wheel Award for his contributions on special teams.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is coming off a nice spring that included a 23-yard touchdown catch during the spring game. Indiana ignored the tight end position in last year's offense, but new OC Mike DeBord utilized multiple tight ends in the receiving game at Tennessee in 2016. Thomas is a breakout candidate.
May 8 - 4:15 PM

Chargers selected Indiana OG Dan Feeney with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Feeney (6’4/305) made 42 starts on the Hoosiers’ line – the first 37 at right guard and final five at right tackle – and earned first-team All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons as well as first-team All-America as a senior. Feeney was charged with just two sacks allowed in his college career. A finesse lineman, Feeney specialized in pass protection and zone blocking at Indiana and isn’t a power player. He also missed four games to a severe concussion in 2016. Feeney’s lack of mauling strength caps his ceiling, but he projects as a competent starter in the Andy Levitre mold. Chargers GM Tom Telesco is drilling the offensive line on day two, as he should after Philip Rivers got happy feet down the stretch last season.
Apr 28 - 10:01 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called Indiana G Dan Feeney "the old-school, run-blocking guard who needs to work on his pass pro[tection]."

"On the ground a little bit (too much) for my liking. He’s a center-guard combination guy," the scout said. To his second point, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Feeney worked out at both guard and center during his pro day. Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel believes that center is his best bet for professional success, telling the outlet, "Maybe in a pure zone scheme like Atlanta and San Fran’s running he’d have a chance to be pretty good. He’s a great kid and he’s tough, but if he gets in the wrong scheme he’s going to fail." The Vikings, Bears, Colts, 49ers and Rams are among those who have kicked the tires here during the pre-Draft process.
Apr 25 - 7:50 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Indiana G Dan Feeney is visiting the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams this week.

Feeney previously visited the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. We're fans of Feeney, and believe he'll start immediately in the NFL. He's worked as both a guard and center during the pre-Draft process. If there's a concern, it's that Feeney has reportedly suffered multiple concussions. Even so, Pauline predicts that Feeney will go in the top half of Round 2 if he doesn't slip into Round 1.
Apr 19 - 6:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Indiana RB Devine Redding to Seattle Seahawks RB Alex Collins.

Zierlein writes that Redding is a "[g]arden variety zone-scheme runner who has the decisiveness and vision to operate in that offense, but lacks the explosiveness, size and play strength to make a living as an NFL starter." This past season, the 5-foot-8, 205-pounder rushed for 1,122 yards, his second consecutive campaign of at least 1,000 yards on the ground. While Zierlein is none too high on Redding's potential as a starter, he does see him as being able to compete for more of a complimentary backup role. A late Day 3 selection is the best that the Indiana standout can realistically hope for come the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 2:54 PM

Indiana WR Ricky Jones will attend the Colts' local prospect day.

At his pro day workout, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41s, benched 18 reps, recorded a vertical leap of 31.5 inches, leapt 9-foot-7 inches in the broad jump, posted a 6.5s three-cone and an 11.17s 60-yard shuttle. Jones recorded 53 receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns last year. He knows he'll need to make the NFL as a special-teamer, initially. "Being on special teams, I know [former coach Kevin] Wilson made that a big emphasis," Jones said. "I wanted to play special teams to give me an advantage, because I knew I wasn’t a 6-5, 4.2-speed type of guy." Indiana head coach Tom Allen lauded his work on that unit: "He was able to be excellent on special teams. I think that, as a receiver, sometimes guys in college just want to focus on being a great receiver and they don’t understand what the 53-man roster really looks like. We broke it down and used him as an example as far as his effort and execution as a specialist for us and
Apr 5 - 4:13 PM

Indiana G Dan Feeney visited the Vikings on Tuesday, according to beat writer Darren Wolfson.

Feeney has the talent to immediately start for the team that drafts him and worked at both guard and center at Indiana's pro day. Feeney reportedly has a history of concussions. He will likely land in the second round.
Apr 5 - 9:24 AM

Indiana G Dan Feeney went through both guard and center drills during Friday's pro day.

Feeney was put through his positional drill paces by the OL coaches of the Dolphins and Eagles. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder "looked very good" during the aforementioned drills. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that Feeney's "intelligence and ability to operate in space and protect the quarterback could make him an early starter with a ceiling of above-average NFL guard or center." He could see a selection as early as the second round unless a team gets frisky near the end of Round 1.
Mar 31 - 2:32 PM

Indiana G Dan Feeney said that the Browns tested his memory with card tricks during his interview.

Every draft season is good for a few weird interview stories, but even by weird draft standards, using card tricks as a memory-tester is one of the memorable ones that we have heard. Leave it to the Browns to evaluate their prospects via magic. Jokes aside, Feeney is one of the top guards in the 2017 class.
Mar 2 - 7:36 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Indiana will hire Syracuse RB coach Mike Hart to serve in the same capacity.

Hart -- Michigan's all-time leading rusher -- initially joined HC Dino Babers' staff at Syracuse last year. Now, onward to Indiana. Previously, he coached up running backs at Western Michigan (2014-2015) and Eastern Michigan (2012-2013).
Mar 2 - 6:38 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Indiana will hire Houston OL coach Darren Hiller to serve in the same capacity.

Hiller has been with Houston just under a month. Moving on, now. At Indiana, he will replace departed OL coach Greg Frey. This past season, Hiller acted as South Florida's co-offensive coordinator, run game coordinator and OL coach.
Feb 3 - 8:25 PM

Indiana hired Central Michigan RB coach Nick Sheridan to serve as quarterbacks coach.

Sheridan just joined the Chippewa staff last month. Short-lived stay there, that one, as the Hoosiers have now tabbed him to replace Shawn Watson as QB coach. Watson jumped ship from Indiana to take the vacant offensive-coordinating gig at Pittsburgh on Thursday. While Sheridan was initially hired to coach up Central Michigan's running backs, he won't be out of place in his new role with Indiana -- Sheridan played quarterback at Michigan from 2006-2009.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 4:13 PM

Indiana signed three-star 2017 DT Juan Harris.

Harris was as fickle as they come during the 2017 cycle, thrice committing to and thrice decommitting from Iowa. He eventually did opt for the Big Ten -- just not with the Hawkeyes. That silliness aside, Rivals ranks the defensive tackle as the No. 37 prospect at his position in the 2017 class. One little tidbit of note, here: While Rivals and Scout both list Harris as a defensive lineman, the ESPN 300 sees him home at guard. The latter outlet notes that "regardless of what side of the ball he plays on he must work on his conditioning if he wants to stay on the field longer and maximize his potential." It remains to be seen how the Hoosiers might utilize the hulking human. He measures out at 6-foot-4, 368 pounds.
Feb 1 - 8:00 PM

Indiana signed three-star RB Morgan Ellison.

Ellison was also considering Toledo and Ohio. Scout.com refers to the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder as "look[ing] good on the hoof." The outlet is also keen on his abilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Injuries during his sophomore and junior years might have cooled Ellison's recruitment by degrees.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 2:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Indiana G Dan Feeney "dominated everyone he faced" at Monday's Senior Bowl practices.

"Feeney showed great power, intensity and did not give up an inch to opponents," Pauline wrote. "He blocked with great technique, intensity and looked every part of a top-42 pick today." An AFC scout speaking to NFL.com in November about the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Feeney was less generous due to questions about his strength. "I just question his power at the point. I think he's a zone blocker. You don't draft those guys early," the scout said.
Jan 25 - 12:23 PM


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