Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Quarterback

Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Quarterback

Written By Alex Compton (@alexncompton)

After an up and down two seasons, Richard Lagow is gone, and IU has some serious questions at quarterback for this year. The Hoosiers finished third in the Big Ten in passing yards a year ago, despite some grumblings from the fans on not being effective through the air. Mike DeBord’s offense is predicated on safe throws with a few bombs mixed in, and that was unlike the offense IU fans had come to know over the last four or five years. This season’s quarterback room is incredibly young, and really up for grabs. There are a handful of walk-ons that are working hard in the QB room, but for the sake of this preview I’ll only focus on the top three guys for 2018.

IU may also still be looking to bring in a grad transfer at quarterback, but for now these are the guys the Hoosiers are working with for 2018. Young, but exciting overall.

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Coach David Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea Are Using 3-D Technology to Help Hoosiers Find 'Peak Power'

Coach David Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea Are Using 3-D Technology to Help Hoosiers Find 'Peak Power'

Written By Rylie Kyhn

'Breakthrough' might have been the word for the 2017 season, but in 2018 it's all about 'Finish'. The entire program seems to have shifted this off-season and winter workouts have been harder than ever. This is due to the new training program that came along with the hiring of new strength and conditioning coach, David Ballou, a former fullback for the Hoosiers. They have taken an advanced approach to training with the 3-D technology and sensors they have implemented in the weight room. Coach Ballou, and the implementation of 3-D technology, has transformed the Indiana Football workouts to push the players to higher levels in order to reach their full potential and be able to be on the field at the end of the season.

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Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Offensive Line

Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Offensive Line

Written By Alex Compton (@alexncompton)

This is one of the most interesting position groups on the team. There are some anchors that have been through the ringer so far in their careers, coupled with some unknowns. That type of combination can be worrisome, or exciting, depending on how you look at the situation. IU isn’t losing much personnel wise for 2018, so the battles for starting spot this year will be very, very interesting. Certain spots on the line (cough, cough, left side) are already locked down, so essentially it’s a three spot position battle for this upcoming season. Second year offensive line coach Darren Hiller has some options to work with, and Coach Allen’s philosophy of having a multitude of bodies up front to rotate in is starting to take shape. 

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Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Offensive Line

Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Offensive Line

Written By Lauralys Shallow

To win in the Big Ten Conference, you have to dominate in the trenches. When a team controls the line of scrimmage, it dictates the play. A strong offensive line allows the running game to get going, which opens up play action because the defense has to respect the run, which gives receivers a chance to make plays on deeper balls down the field. Without a successful run game, the IU offense will be one dimensional. Remember the 2016 season under former head coach Kevin Wilson when IU’s biggest weakness was their run game…and that was with Devine Redding as running back and Dan Feeney playing guard and tackle for most of the year. IU head coach Tom Allen’s debut season had no seniors and limited experience on his offensive line unit. In Allen’s second season, IU needs to establish a consistent and dominant offensive line.

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Safeties Coach Noah Joseph Leaves IU for Rutgers

Safeties Coach Noah Joseph Leaves IU for Rutgers

Written By Sammy Jacobs

The Indiana Hoosiers will be looking for a new safeties coach as Noah Joseph has left IU to join the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as defensive backs coach as first reported by NJ.com. Joseph joined the Hoosiers staff in 2014 and spent four seasons coaching on the defensive side of the ball.

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Tom Allen isn't Just Recruiting Florida, he's Stealing Quality Prospects

Tom Allen isn't Just Recruiting Florida, he's Stealing Quality Prospects

Written By Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB)

This was the second straight year Tom Allen made a significant splash in the Sunshine State.

Eight players from Florida -- nearly one-third of the recruiting class -- are headed to Indiana as members of the 2018 cycle. It's further evidence that Allen is set on digging his cleats into the talent-rich soil and planting the IU brand in the hotbed of college football recruiting.

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Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Linebacker

Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Linebacker

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

As I wrote in my position preview, after a few seasons of certainty at the linebacker spot, the Indiana Hoosiers are presented with a massive question mark and none of the candidates have more than minimal experience at the FBS-level. While IU has some talented options to fill the voids left by Tegray Scales and Chris Covington, there is little doubt the Hoosiers will have some growing pains in the middle of their defense. There is at least a chance that linebacker could turn into a weakness that forces some regression in IU’s defense. However, there is also a real chance young players step up and grow into their roles and Indiana finds a solid nucleus of players that can star for the next few seasons. It’s a position of great intrigue and great opportunity and one we’ll be watching closely all offseason.

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Big Ten Football Power Rankings Heading into Spring Practice

Big Ten Football Power Rankings Heading into Spring Practice

Written By Sam McIntyre

Even though the college football season doesn’t kick off until August, it’s never too early to start making predictions about how the teams are going to perform in 2018. The Buckeyes are the team jumping out as the frontrunners but it’s shaping up to be extremely competitive with the depth of quality running all the way through the competition.

Big Ten is making a strong case for the number one conference in the nation, with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State all being selected in the ‘way to early Top 25’, suggesting that there is a host of teams that are going to impress next term. Although squads are always subject to change, let’s take a look at some early power rankings and see how teams are shaping up so far for next season.

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