Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
There are now 13 days remaining until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2016 season in Miami against the Florida International Golden Panthers, just a baker’s dozen! Join us each day for each part of our 100-day countdown to the opener! Today we look redshirt junior corner Noel Padmore and redshirt freshman receiver Isaac James.
Noel Padmore (Redshirt Junior)
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 189lbs.
- Position: Defensive Back
- Hometown: Flowery Branch, Georgia
Another defensive back from the Peach State, Padmore came to IU in 2013 and redshirted his first season in Bloomington after a very successful high school career at Flowery Branch. Padmore saw more time in 2014 as a redshirt freshman when he appeared in eight games on special teams.
Padmore found the field on defense in 2015 as the Hoosiers battled massive injuries in the defensive backfield. Last season he appeared in every game and recorded eight tackles. He played primarily on special teams, but did see some time at corner.
This season, Padmore may struggle to find the field on defense as he has to battle returning starters and players back from injury for snaps, however he should be able to produce on special teams on kick and punt coverages.
Isaac James (Redshirt Freshman)
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 194 lbs.
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
There was a lot of excitement surrounding Isaac James after he committed to the Hoosiers in 2015. Many thought he would see the field as a true freshman, especially with J-Shun Harris being out with a knee injury. However, James suffered is own injury, a cracked shoulder blade and was redshirted. This season, James finds himself healthy and ready to contribute. He was already going to have a role in the 2016 Hoosier offense, but that role could be bigger with the injury again to J-Shun Harris’s knee.
James fits the mold of a slot receiver who could also line up on the outside and push the field vertically. He’s a tremendous athlete and fans should become familiar with his name rather quickly.
Share any memories or recollections you have of Noel Padmore and Isaac James as players in the comments section (or on the message boards) and be sure to come back to Hoosier Huddle each day during our countdown!