Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 11 Days (Antwaan Randle El)

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Written By Alex Compton
 

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The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off is nearly complete! There are now 17 days until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2017 season against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Today’s countdown takes a look at IU’s most electric player- Antwan Randle El.

ANTWAAN RANDLE EL (Legacy Player)

-Height: 5'10”-Weight: 185 pounds-Hometown: Riverdale, Illinois-Position: QB/ WR

Antwaan Randle El was one of Indiana’s most exciting players during his career, and it certainly carried over to the NFL as well. He played primarily quarterback at IU, and made his name known in his very first game, when he completed 22 of 29 passes for 385 yards and three scores (no interceptions). He also added 82 yards and three scores on the ground, which gave him 467 total yards and the NCAA record for freshman total offense in his first career game. IU won that game against Western Michigan 45-30, with Randle El’s incredible performance paving the way for more incredible plays in the coming seasons. Randle El won the Big Ten Freshman of the year award following his first season in which he totaled 1,745 passing yards and six touchdowns along with 873 yards on the ground, which broke the IU single season record for a QB. 

Randle El added to his remarkable freshman season by putting up crazy numbers for the last three seasons of his career. He became the first player in D1 history to pass and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career, and finished his four years fifth on the all-time NCAA total yardage list. Much of this was due to his versatility (rushing, throwing, returning), and the numbers don’t lie. He was the first player in the history of college football to total at least 2,500 yards in every season of his career, and his final totals of 7,469 passing yards, 3,895 rushing yards and 92 touchdowns will keep him in college football lore forever. His sixth place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting his senior season was disappointing,  but by no means diminishes what he accomplished during his time at IU.

 

After Indiana, Randle El went on to have a great career in the NFL. He was a second round pick of the Steelers in 2002, and his signature play came in Super Bowl XL, where he threw a reverse touchdown pass to Hines Ward to clinch a Steelers victory. He then played for the Redskins, primarily as a receiver and returner, much like he did in Pittsburgh. He is regarded today as one of the best returners of all time, and his ability to fill in as an emergency quarterback made him one of the most entertaining players in the NFL to watch. He signed one more time with the Steelers, and saw mild success, before ultimately retiring in 2012. He remains very active with Indiana and the Big Ten Network, and keeping him in and around Bloomington would be a great move for IU.

Freshman Bryant Fitzgerald Ruled a Non-Qualifier

Freshman Bryant Fitzgerald Ruled a Non-Qualifier

IU Athletics Release

INDIANA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS STATEMENT REGARDING BRYANT FITZGERALD

The NCAA Eligibility Center has advised Indiana University that true freshman football player Bryant Fitzgerald has been ruled a final non-qualifier and is not eligible to play or practice for the 2017 season. He will be allowed to maintain his full scholarship and receive all other student-athlete support. Fitzgerald’s ineligibility was caused by a mistake by the Office of Compliance Services of the Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which inaccurately advised him regarding his eligibility requirements. Had that mistake not occurred, Fitzgerald would have had ample time and opportunity to establish his eligibility. This was a mistake by the Department, not Fitzgerald and not the football program. On Aug. 3, 2017, the Department filed a waiver request with the NCAA to restore Fitzgerald’s eligibility status. That request was denied on Aug. 14, 2017. On Aug. 14, 2017, the Department filed an appeal of the denial of the waiver request to the Eligibility Center. That appeal was denied on Aug. 18, 2017.

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Hoosiers Have a Multitude of Options at Running Back in 2017

Hoosiers Have a Multitude of Options at Running Back in 2017

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Morning temperatures are dropping and you can feel a bit of chill in the air. Summer’s hottest days are in the past and schools are back in session. Most importantly, the long wait is coming to an end…college football season is almost here! As part of our extensive 2017 preview content, Hoosier Huddle is breaking down each position for the Indiana Hoosiers as they grind away on the practice field and get ready for the campaign. Today’s preview focuses on a unit with a whole lot of potential but perhaps just as many questions: running backs. Indiana returns only one rusher with more than 48 carries in a season (Tyler Natee had 61 carries last season) and each of the players have an intriguing skill-set that could be somewhat offset by a flaw. It’s a big group, which could be seen as a positive or a negative. IU’s new running back coach, Mike Hart, had this to say about how the lack of a feature back and the depth of this unit would be balanced: “When you have a big group of guys, keeping them fresh isn’t an issue during training camp. We do have a lot of guys and they have to get carries to see who’s going to go out there and be the guy. When you get to the season and get to playing time you always have to manage reps. The day of the 50 carries a game back is over with, I don’t see that happening much. To me it’s just managing during the game once the season comes, when you find out who you have. Until we find out who we have and who is going to be in those positions, you just roll.”

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Tight End Danny Friend Moving to Tackle to Bolster O-Line Depth

Tight End Danny Friend Moving to Tackle to Bolster O-Line Depth

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Redshirt senior Danny Friend has been one of the best blocking tight ends in Indiana history as he has helped pave the way for three 1,000-yard rushers over the last two seasons. Friend, who is coming off postseason surgery, will now be asked to help bolster an offensive line that needs some depth at the tackle position. Friend has been working with the offensive line over the last couple of practices this week.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 13 Days (Isaac James)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 13 Days (Isaac James)

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

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 We are now just two weekends away from the biggest home opener in the history of Indiana Football. 13 days is all that stands between the Hoosiers and the Ohio State Buckeyes and we get ready by taking a look at Isaac James. 

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Success Along the Defensive Line Will Again Be a Group Effort in 2017

Success Along the Defensive Line Will Again Be a Group Effort in 2017

By David Sugarman (@David_Sugarman2)

As Indiana has geared up for its first full season under Tom Allen, there have been a number of coaching changes, but the core of the defensive staff has stayed intact. Back for his second year as the defensive line coach, Mark Hagen will look to continue the progress his group made in 2016.

Last season Indiana gave up 35 less yards per game on the ground than they did in 2015. The team’s crowning achievement may have been when they held likely the Big Ten’s and nation’s best running back in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley to 58 yards on 33 carries, less than two yards per touch.

Now headed into year two with Hagen, Indiana will look to replace Ralph Green III due to graduation and Nile Sykes, undisclosed season ending injury. Those two combined for nearly 50 tackles and six sacks in 2016. If Indiana wants to take another step in the right direction and achieve their goal of becoming a top 25 defense, it starts with the big boys in the trenches.

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Clear Bag Policy Implemented for 2017 IU Football and Basketball Seasons

Clear Bag Policy Implemented for 2017 IU Football and Basketball Seasons

IU Athletics Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At the recommendation of a nationally recognized security firm and in consultation with a variety of security experts, IU Athletics will be implementing a new clear bag and metal detector policy for home games at Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. To help fans, IU Athletics will provide free, clear bags at the Thursday, Aug. 31st game against Ohio State. Fans will also enter through walk through metal detectors upon entering both venues. With a capacity crowd expected for the Ohio State game, fans are encouraged to #GetHereEarly to make entering the stadium and getting to seats as smooth as possible and to avoid missing any of the game action.

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Talent and Depth at Corner Could Turn IU's Secondary into a No-Fly Zone

Talent and Depth at Corner Could Turn IU's Secondary into a No-Fly Zone

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Just a few years ago Indiana’s secondary was ranked 97th in the nation in yards given up through the air, as the secondary featured a mix of veterans and youngsters trying to prove themselves. College football has been and always will be an upperclassmen’s game. Those young players who struggled in 2014? Well, they’ve gotten much better as coach Brandon Shelby and a new defensive scheme has turned a weakness into strength.

Indiana returns one of the best cover corners in the Big Ten with Rashard Fant and plenty of talented depth behind him, including some incoming freshman who could find their way onto the field in 2017.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 14 Days (Andre Brown Jr.)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 14 Days (Andre Brown Jr.)

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We are less than 14 days away! That’s right, the Hoosier Huddle Countdown is more than 85% complete and we are in the homestretch of the long offseason. A mere two weeks from today, the Indiana Hoosiers will take the field at Memorial Stadium and begin the 2017 season against the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes. Today’s countdown article focuses on another defensive back, this one from the Peach State: Andre Brown Jr.

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