Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
When Nick Stoner came to Indiana in 2011 he was seen as a track guy who played football. Stoner was a vital member of the Hoosiers’ 2012 Big Ten Champion indoor track team. Now Stoner has become one of the best at doing the little things that help teams win in football. Stoner was named the Hoosiers’ special teams player of the week in their last game against Michigan State and has garnered praise from his head coach for his down field blocking. While every young football player dreams of making the big play, Stoner has embraced his role as the player who will do the little things well.
Stoner is a senior this year and has five regular season games left in his career as a Hoosier. The Greenwood, Indiana native has had a solid season so far hauling in 18 passes for 177 yards and a score and has 43 catches in his career at IU. Stoner says he “absolutely” takes a special pride in being a senior who does all the little things correctly. Stoner add that he “is going to go out there and play every single play as hard as I can and do everything I can do to ensure that the team wins and do everything I am supposed to do and do it right.” As a gunner on the punt team Stoner has come up with four tackles and had forced numerous fair catch calls.
With the Hoosiers’ season still hanging in the balance at 3-4 Nick Stoner is one of the seniors whose leadership and attitude can help this team right the ship and get to a bowl game. He is the embodiment of a team player, whose impact is not necessarily seen on the field on the highlights, but is felt throughout the Hoosier football program. As head coach Kevin Wilson said after a loss at Bowling Green, this team needs good teammates, Nick Stoner is a great teammate and team player.