Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 13 Days (Larry Tracy III)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 13 Days (Larry Tracy III)

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 13 DAYS (#13 Larry Tracy III)

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 175 pounds

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana (Decatur Central)

Year: Freshman

Position: Defensive Back

Only 13 days remain until the long-awaited 2019 Indiana football season. The Hoosiers will make their season debut at Lucas Oil Stadium where they will take on the Ball State Cardinals on August 31st in a noon game. Today we will introduce a freshman cornerback who will wear the No. 13 jersey— Larry Tracy III.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 15 Days (Nick Westbrook)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 15 Days (Nick Westbrook)

Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

2019 Countdown - #15

Name – Nick Westbrook

Position – Wide Receiver (Redshirt Senior)

Hometown – Lake Mary, FL (Lake Mary High School)

Height – 6’3”

Weight – 216 pounds

The 2019 Hoosier Huddle Countdown has rolled along and the season is now in sight. In only 15 days, the Indiana Hoosiers will take the field against the Ball State Cardinals and begin the 2019 season. Today’s countdown feature focuses on IU’s number one wide receiver, fifth-year wideout Nick Westbrook.

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Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 16 Days (Jamar Johnson)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 16 Days (Jamar Johnson)

Written by Amanda Pavelka

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 16 DAYS (#22 JAMAR JOHNSON)

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 198 pounds

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida (Riverview)

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defensive Back

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Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 20 Days (Cole Gest and Joseph Daniels Jr.)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 20 Days (Cole Gest and Joseph Daniels Jr.)

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

We are inside of three weeks until the Indiana Hoosiers kickoff their 2019 season against the Ball State Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Today, we look at running back Cole Gest and defensive back Joseph Daniels Jr.

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Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 22 Days (Whop Philyor)

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Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 22 DAYS (#1 WHOP PHILYOR)

Height: 5’11’’

Weight: 178 pounds

Hometown: Tampa, Florida (Plant)

Year: Junior

Position: Wide Receiver

Just over three weeks remain until the 2019 Indiana football season kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Hoosiers will make their season debut on August 31st at noon as they take on the Ball State Cardinals. Today we wll re-introduce the wide receiver who wore the No.22 jersey in the 2017 and 2018 seasons as No. 1 Whop Philyor.

Whop Philyor is one of Indiana’s first players gained from the Florida recruiting pipeline Tom Allen developed to Bloomington. Philyor joins three of his high school teammates on the Indiana football roster for his junior year—linebacker Thomas Allen, defensive back Juwan Burgess, and linebacker Micah McFadden all hail from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. 

Philyor had a “whopper” of a freshman season, recording 335 yards and three touchdowns on 33 catches that earned him a slew of honors in 2017. Philyor earned Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week and IU Offensive Player of the Week for his 127 yards and a touchdown on 13 catches against Maryland, just to name a couple. 

The bar was set high for Philyor going into his sophomore year and perhaps one of the largest letdowns on Hoosier offense was that Philyor battled injuries that forced him to sit out for almost half of the 2018 season. A high ankle sprain costed him five games and seven starts, yet he still managed to post 23 receptions for 235 yards and a 65-yard touchdown against nationally-ranked Michigan State. 

Joined by Nick Westbrook, Donovan Hale, and Ty Fryfogle, Philyor is expected to be a key component in Kalen Deboer’s offensive system and will make his speedy comeback with his switch to the No.1 jersey his junior year. 

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 23 Days (Ronnie Walker and Jaylin Williams)

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Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

2019 Countdown - #23

Name – Ronnie Walker

Position – Running Back (Sophomore)

Hometown – Hopwell, Virginia (Hopewell)

Height – 5’11”

Weight – 211

Ronnie Walker came to IU as a four-star recruit out of Hopewell, Virginia. He came to Indiana with high expectations and while he was overshadowed by the performance of fellow true freshman Stevie Scott, Walker showed flashes of what makes him special. He only carried the ball 32 times, I expect that number to increase, in nine games. He ran for 141 yards, good for a respectable 4.4 yard per carry average, and two touchdowns.

Earlier this summer head coach Tom Allen addressed the depth of the running backs room.

“Keeping everybody happy is not the objective," he said. "The objective is the success of the team. When you establish a culture of L.E.O. (Love Each Other), it's not about me. That's what I want. Selfishness can kill your team. I get it that if I'm a running back, I want to run the ball. If I'm a receiver, I want to catch the ball. You recruit these guys -- we have a freshman (Winters) who scored 60 touchdowns in a year. That young man is used to carrying the ball a lot” he explained.
 
"You have to teach and train them to understand their role," Allen said, "yet you want them hungry enough to never be satisfied with that role. Be content within it to be at your best.
 
"To me, that's the job of our coaching staff to lead and motivate them. As you develop depth, and more position competition, that will be a rising issue. At the same time, you have to have that. It's a challenge. (Running backs coach Mike Hart) has to do a great job of helping the guys understand that if you want to run the ball, you'd better do things right. If you don't, somebody will take your place. That room is indicative of that.”

The running back group the Hoosiers have in 2019 is extremely deep and Walker has a chance to be a regular in the rotation.

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Name – Jaylin Williams

Position – Defensive Back (Sophomore)

Hometown – Memphis, Tennessee (Germantown)

Height – 6’0”

Weight – 179

Number 23 on the defensive side of the ball is Jaylin Williams, one of the fastest players on the team. Williams earned his way into major playing time as a true freshman in 2018. He saw the field in all 12 games making 22 tackles including a sack. Williams also notched an interception and two more pass break ups. The Tennessee native is primed for a big sophomore year should he continue he upward trajectory.

IU has a nice rotation at corner and Williams should find himself pretty much in the middle of it all.

 

 

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 24 Days (Sampson James)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 24 Days (Sampson James)

Written by Nathan Comp

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The Hoosier Huddle countdown to kickoff is in its final leg. Just over three weeks remain until the Hoosiers kickoff the 2019 season in Indianapolis against the Ball State Cardinals. Today we will highlight the prized recruit of the 2019 signing class, running back Sampson James.

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