Coy Cronk Still Finding Ways to Help Hoosiers Win

Coy Cronk Still Finding Ways to Help Hoosiers Win

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

It has been seven long weeks since Indiana’s offensive line has seen Coy Cronk assume position to the left of the quarterback. With his season-ending ankle injury suffered in week four, he’s taken on his chosen role as team captain, assistant offensive line coach, and traveling cheerleader— a contributor to the Hoosiers’ success from the sidelines, making his team a priority by choice. 

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Patience Has Paid off for the Hoosiers with Stevie Scott’s Performances

Patience Has Paid off for the Hoosiers with Stevie Scott’s Performances

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

The offense has undeniably been the strongest unit of the Hoosiers in 2019. Even with the injury-stricken offensive line and unpredictable quarterback situation for the first half of the season, the one constant has been the tough running, timely pass catching and consistent blocking provided by sophomore running back Stevie Scott.

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Indiana’s Keys to Running Off the Wildcats

Indiana’s Keys to Running Off the Wildcats

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Hot off back-to-back road wins at Maryland and Nebraska, the 6-2 Indiana Hoosiers will face-off the 1-6 Northwestern Wildcats under the lights at Memorial Stadium. With a crucial win for momentum on the line, here is what the Hoosiers need to focus on Saturday.

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DeBoer and Company Have Indiana's Passing Offense Atop the Big Ten

DeBoer and Company Have Indiana's Passing Offense Atop the Big Ten

Written by Amanda Pavelka

Much of Indiana’s success this season is attributed to new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer’s brilliantly-crafted game plan, and the highly-rated passing game only proves he has been worth the $800,000 investment. Indiana now sits atop the Big Ten in passing offense— after backup quarterback Peyton Ramsey and wide receiver Whop Philyor’s monster game at Nebraska, the Hoosiers are averaging 312.8 passing yards per game. 

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IU Football Redshirt Update: October 29, 2019

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Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

The redshirt rule adopted in 2018 allows NCAA football players to play in up to four games in a season without using a year of eligibility. Twelve of 19 true freshman have seen field time for Indiana so far this season. Seven of the 12 have exhausted their four game allowance, burning their redshirts. Here are how many games each of Indiana’s true freshman have played. 

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As of October 26th, D.K. Bonhomme, David Ellis, Sampson James, Tiawan Mullen, Sean Wracher, Matthew Bedford, and Sio Nofoagatoto’a have all burned their redshirts. Bedford has started in the absence of senior captain and left tackle Coy Cronk, who is also eligible to redshirt, being that his season-ending ankle injury occured in game four against Connecticut. 

So with four games remaining in the regular season, who will Allen redshirt this season? 

“Gary Cooper kind of comes to mind for me,” Allen said in Monday’s press conference, “He's a guy that had an early injury in fall camp, so would love to get him here and use his four games during the last part of the season. So he's one that kind of jumps out. I would say that for several of the guys too.”

Along with Cooper, Larry Tracy III, Beau Robbins and C.J. Person have only seen play time a single game each this season. Josh Sanguinetti played in two games early on at safety. 

“The ones that haven't played, at this stage of the game, it's kind of pretty clear who we just said, hey, these guys aren't playing. They've already played their four. But those who haven't used their four yet, you wouldn't want to burn anybody's redshirt with more than four if something happens we don't expect,” Allen said.

With the talented depth at wide receiver, Jordan Jakes has yet to step foot on the field. Same with offensive linemen Mike Katic and Tim Weaver. Beau Robbins and Jeramy Passmore join Antoine Whitner Jr. as defensive linemen in the 2019 signing class. 

“If guy has not played his four up to this point, we're going to strategically make sure we balance it out the rest of the year between these last few games and the bowl game to maximize their experience as freshmen. So that's kind of how we're going to approach that,” Allen said.

Cronk, Cooper, Tracy III, Robbins, Person, Sanguinetti, Jakes, Weaver, Katic, Williams, Brown, Passmore and Whitner Jr. are the possible candidates as of now to take advantage of the redshirt rule.

Tom Allen Wants Recruits Watching What is Being Built in Bloomington

Tom Allen Wants Recruits Watching What is Being Built in Bloomington

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

The recruiting trail just got a little brighter for head Coach Tom Allen. Despite coming up short in back-to-back 5-7 seasons, Allen and the IU coaching staff have managed to bring in IU’s highest ranked recruiting class in 2019. With a verbal commitment from Indiana’s highest-ranked recruit in history this year, it was clear that Allen is truly building something special. Coming off back-to-back road wins, at Maryland and Saturday’s 38-31 finish at Nebraska, it is a fact that Allen’s game plan for building the Indiana football program is indeed effective.

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Hoosier Offense Finds a Way To 'Finish' in Lincoln

Hoosier Offense Finds a Way To 'Finish' in Lincoln

Written by Amanda Pavelka

FINISH. 

It was Tom Allen’s one word for 2018. 

Coming up just short in games, ending 5-7 to almost grasp a bowl bid. That’s the story of Allen’s first two seasons at Indiana, like 21 out of the last 25 seasons IU football has failed to exist in postseason games.

On Saturday, Indiana FINISHED 38-31 at Nebraska, for back-to-back road victories, lifting their record to 6-2.

As of October 26th the Indiana football is bowl eligible at the earliest point in the season since 1993. 

Indiana had not beaten Nebraska in front of their 87,000-strong flock of fans in 60 years. 

And they managed to pull it off without starting quarterback Michael Penix.

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Indiana’s Keys to Handling the Huskers

Indiana’s Keys to Handling the Huskers

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Coming off a 34-28 victory in College Park, the 5-2 Indiana football squad looks to squeeze out another big road win. The battle for a bowl bid begins with their first opportunity in Lincoln on Saturday. Nebraska is a tough road matchup, and IU’s chance of victory lies heavily in the following. 

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Ramsey Shows Savvy, Toughness and Grit as He Leads Indiana to Victory

Ramsey Shows Savvy, Toughness and Grit as He Leads Indiana to Victory

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

An entire team effort was what carried Indiana football to a hard-fought 34-28 victory over Maryland on Saturday. 

It was junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey, though, that deserves the most credit for the season-changing win— he answered the call for back-up early Saturday and lead Hoosier offense to a record they haven’t been able to accomplish since 2007– five wins by mid-October.

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Indiana’s Keys to Victory Over Maryland

Indiana’s Keys to Victory Over Maryland

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

The Indiana football squad looks ahead at the second half of the 2019 season, their next matchup being a pivotal one against Mike Locksley and the Maryland Terrapins. Heading to College Park 4-2, this year’s Hoosiers have a chance to prove themselves, and this time the odds are not against them—barely. If Indiana wants to pocket a victory over Maryland, here’s what they need to focus on.

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