Countdown to Kickoff: 59 Days (Jack Trainor)

 Incoming freshman offensive lineman Jack Trainor and his family during the his high school's signing day festivities earlier this year. Photo Credit - Marist School

Incoming freshman offensive lineman Jack Trainor and his family during the his high school's signing day festivities earlier this year. Photo Credit - Marist School

Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)

It's another rainy day in southern Indiana, but that won't slow us down as we find ourselves just 59 days from kickoff. This morning we will be taking a look at an athlete who you might not be all the familiar with, true freshman walk-on and fluent Turkish speaker Jack Trainor. So, without further hesitation,  "Geri sayım devam edelim," and for the rest of us who can't speak the official language of Turkey, let the countdown continue. 

The native of Atlanta, Ga. made his way to Bloomington earlier this summer, joining his fellow freshman teammates for offseason workouts. Despite having scholarship offers from Butler, Bryant, and Stetson , Trainor felt that Indiana was a better fit both athletically and academically.  

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Trainor saw action on both the offensive and defensive line while at the Marist School. During his three seasons on varsity he recorded 73 total tackles, including seven tackles for a loss and three sacks, while also posting 16 quarterback hurries.  

As mentioned above, Trainor brings a wide array of skills, most notably being an accomplished Turkish speaker. He began studying the foreign language back in middle school and quickly realized that this was to become something more than just a hobby. In 2010, he placed third at the Southeastern Turkish Olympiad in the conversation category. The following year he bettered his efforts by placing first in both the conversation category and film production category. So add film director/producer to his list of skills. At the International Turkish Olympiad he took home gold in speaking and picked up silver in the film category.  

Future Outlook

Coach Kevin Wilson has made it no secret that he enjoys rewarding deserving walk-ons with playing time and in some cases scholarships, as he too was a walk-on during his collegiate career. Trainor will redshirt this fall and likely be an important member of the Hoosiers' scout team. Beyond that, he will certainly be given every opportunity to contribute on Saturdays when offensive line Coach Greg Frey feels that he is ready for action.

Until next time, görüşürüz!, or see you later!