Written By Nathan Comp
Countdown to IUFB Kickoff #86 (Peyton Hendershot)
The Hoosier Huddle countdown to kickoff has begun. Only 86 days remain until the Hoosiers kickoff the 2018 season on the road against Florida International University. Today we will highlight number 86, Peyton Hendershot.
Peyton Hendershot (Redshirt Freshman)
Weight: 243 Pounds
Hometown: North Salem, IN
Position: Tight End
The Hoosiers’ tight end position should be primarily manned by tomorrow’s countdown preview player, Ryan Watercutter, and today’s countdown player, Peyton Hendershot. Hendershot serves as one of the more intriguing players on the offensive side of the ball. Standing at 6’4” and over 240 pounds, the high school dual athlete screams athleticism and versatility. However, he is largely unproven in college football. Hendershot appeared in four games in his freshman season before suffering a season-ending injury and receiving a medical redshirt.
Hendershot is a true homegrown Hoosier, originating form North Salem, IN at Tri West High School. A three-star prospect out of high school, Hendershot was ranked by 247 Sports as the 6th best tight end in Indiana. His highlight videos are filled with not only football, but also basketball, as Hendershot fit Coach Allen’s ideal mold of a multi-sport athlete. As a basketball player, Hendershot averaged a double-double with points and rebounds; one can only imagine how this ability to high point the ball and corral rebounds will come in handy when catching passes over linebackers and smaller defenders. He also has an athletic family background, with three competitive brothers, one of which who plays fullback for FCS member Illinois State.
Projecting forward to his potential this season, Hendershot will likely be a key cog in what should be a production by committee position at tight end. His versatility, size, and speed will make him a viable option in the passing game. With a year of college strength and conditioning under his belt, one can hope he will continue to display his athleticism and have the endurance to avoid injury all season.