Spearheaded by an All-American, Indiana's Linebackers Should be Great Again in 2017

Spearheaded by an All-American, Indiana's Linebackers Should be Great Again in 2017

Written By Alex Compton (@Alexncompton)

Last season was marked by the incredible defensive turnaround under then defensive coordinator Tom Allen. The switch to a 4-2-5 scheme with an aggressive mentality paid off in the biggest possible way for the Hoosiers, as they were able to see the defense climb all the way to 31st best in the nation according to S&P+. Many of the players have talked about the desire to end the year in the top 25 this season, and that is a very attainable goal. Indiana returns just over 96% of its defensive production from last season this year, and that is tops in the nation. Just about every starter is back, but one of the few holes to plug is at linebacker, the unit we will look at today.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 9 Days (Jonathan Crawford and Mike Fiacable)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 9 Days (Jonathan Crawford and Mike Fiacable)

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The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off is nearly complete! There are now just 9 days until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2017 season against the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes. Today’s countdown takes a look at IU’s center-fielder: Jonathan Crawford

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Fred Glass Gives an Update on South End Zone Facility and Other Additions for 2017 Football Season

Fred Glass Gives an Update on South End Zone Facility and Other Additions for 2017 Football Season

By David Sugarman (@David_Sugarman2)

Earlier today IU athletic director Fred Glass gave a tour to members of the media of the construction and renovations currently underway at Memorial Stadium in the south end zone. Glass followed this up with a press conference covering topics ranging from Gameday coming to Bloomington for the first time, the enhanced fan experience features in 2017 and yes, what happened with Bryant Fitzgerald. Here are our biggest takeaways from the day:

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 10 Days (Donavan Hale)

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

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Only ten days from now, the Indiana Hoosiers will take the field under the lights at Memorial Stadium to battle the consensus Big Ten favorite Ohio State Buckeyes. The Hoosier Huddle Countdown has churned through 90 days of player profiles and we are now at #10, a look at versatile athlete and wide receiver Donavan Hale

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

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

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.

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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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