Former Hoosiers Had Big Seasons at the Professional Level This Past Season

Former Hoosiers Had Big Seasons at the Professional Level This Past Season

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

The road to the Super Bowl starts today as the Wils Card Round of the NFL Playoff kicks off at 4:30pm ET. But before we sit down to watch the Colts (as well as five former Hoosiers) try and continue their run to the Super Bowl, let’s see how the former Hoosiers did in the league this past season.

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Catching Up With How Former Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL in 2018

Catching Up With How Former Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL in 2018

Written By Lauralys Shallow

How the Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL

A total of 10 Indiana University football alums are on nine different NFL rosters for the 2018 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of each player’s accomplishments through the first eight weeks of the 2018 season.

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Former IUFB Safety Tony Fields is Invited to Mini Camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars

Former IUFB Safety Tony Fields is Invited to Mini Camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars

Written By Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)

Tony Fields, Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars Mini-Camp

Early this morning Tony Fields earned himself an invitation to the Jaguars rookie mini-camp. Tony Fields was a beast during his tenure with the Hoosiers in Bloomington. Throughout his productive career at Indiana, Tony Fields proved he’s capable of making big plays in the passing game and stepping up to make tackles in the running game. Fields made an impact immediately for the Hoosiers. As a true freshman, he saw action in all 12 games and recorded 14 tackles. During Fields’ sophomore year he played in 13 games and recorded 19 tackles. His most memorable moment of the season was the first interception of his career. He ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown.

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Former IUFB Kicker Griffin Oakes Invited to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mini Camp

Former IUFB Kicker Griffin Oakes Invited to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mini Camp

Written By Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)

Griffin Oakes, Kicker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mini-Camp Invite 

Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes was invited to mini-camp by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he will have a chance to compete for a roster spot. Oakes has flashed some occasionally brilliant accuracy throughout his kicking career, although he’s most known for having a canon for a leg. Oakes joined Indiana football as a walk-on. He redshirted his first collegiate season in 2013 before bursting on the scene the following year.

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Former IUFB CB Rashard Fant Signs UDFA Deal with the Chicago Bears

Former IUFB CB Rashard Fant Signs UDFA Deal with the Chicago Bears

Written By Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)

Rashard Fant, Cornerback, Chicago Bears, UDFA

The Chicago Bears are getting a brilliant young cornerback in Rashard Fant. Fant fully embodied what it means to be a Hoosier during his college football career in Bloomington. He always carried himself with the utmost professionalism on the field and in the classroom. The multi-sport athlete from Our Lady of Mercy High School just south of Atlanta was one of the best football players in the state of Georgia. Now, Rashard Fant will get to make his mark on the NFL.

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Hoosiers at the Next Level: Dan Feeney, OL, Los Angeles Chargers

Hoosiers at the Next Level: Dan Feeney, OL, Los Angeles Chargers

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Dan Feeney | Los Angeles Chargers | G

When the Hoosiers inked offensive lineman Dan Feeney as a member of their 2012 recruiting class, they knew they had a special player. Feeney would finish his Indiana football career a step above special. Feeney attended Carl Sandburg High School, and was ranked the 82nd best offensive tackle in the country by 247 Sports. The Chicagoland native was a rock in college, starting in 46 games during his tenure at IU. Feeney anchored an Indiana offensive line that paved the way for some of the most prolific offenses in school history. He played a vital role in the success of Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Nate Sudfeld, and more. Feeney allowed just two sacks in 3,355 snaps throughout his entire career in Bloomington. A remarkable statistic, and a testament to his dedication to consistency.

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Hoosiers at the Next Level: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Hoosiers at the Next Level: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Jordan Howard | Chicago Bears | RB

Jordan Howard’s only college offer out of high school was from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). The two-star recruit who went unnoticed had back-to-back outstanding seasons at UAB before the school suddenly shut down football operations. Forced to transfer, Howard found a home in Bloomington. Former running backs coach Deland McCullough, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, enticed Howard to continue his collegiate career at IU. The timing was perfect because McCullough needed a runner capable of replacing Tevin Coleman. Howard proved he was more than capable of filling the void shortly after he arrived on campus.

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Hoosiers at the Next Level: Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos

Hoosiers at the Next Level: Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Cody Latimer | Denver Broncos | WR

Former Hoosier wide receiver Cody Latimer, now in his fourth year with the Denver Broncos, had the best year of his NFL career. As an IU standout, Latimer hauled in 135 receptions for over 2,000 total yards during his three-year collegiate career. He snagged 17 receiving touchdowns and averaged an electric 15.1 yards per catch. Latimer was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team as a sophomore and as a junior. Listed at 6-foot-3, 215lbs, Latimer has always been known for his elite athleticism. He caught people’s attention when he balled out during an IU football dunk contest. Latimer chose to forgo his senior season at Indiana, and declared for the NFL draft, where he was selected in the second round (56th overall).

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How Former Hoosiers Fared in the 2017 NFL Regular Season

How Former Hoosiers Fared in the 2017 NFL Regular Season

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

With the NFL Playoffs set to kickoff Saturday afternoon (there are four Hoosiers on playoff rosters), we decided to look back at how Indiana Football alumni fared this season with their respective teams.

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How Former Hoosiers Fared in the NFL in 2016

How Former Hoosiers Fared in the NFL in 2016

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

With the historic comeback win by the Patriots on Sunday night in Super Bowl LI the 2016 NFL Season is over. The Hoosiers had nine players on an NFL active roster this past season. The Hoosiers had nine players see time in the league. Here is how each of them performed in 2016. 

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