Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)
Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 72 Days (Simon Stepaniak)
The Hoosier Huddle countdown to kickoff has begun. Just 72 days remain until the Hoosiers kickoff the 2019 season in Indianapolis against the Ball State Cardinals. Today we will highlight a senior offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak.
Simon Stepaniak (Redshirt Senior)
Weight: 321 Pounds
Hometown: Hamilton, OH (Ross)
Position: Offensive Lineman
Simon Stepaniak came to Blomington almost five years ago from Hamilton, Ohio where he was a standout offensive lineman at Ross High School. Stepaniak was named the top lineman in Ohio Division III as a junior and senior Fast forward to today and Stepaniak has assembled a remarkable career. Having started in 20 games at right guard, Stepaniak will be one of Indiana’s most experienced linemen this season. Throughout his career, he has been a reliable force in all facets of the offense: pass protection and the run game.
In the three season Stepaniak has anchored the right guard spot, the Hoosiers have ranked as a top-three passing offense in the Big Ten each year. Now entering his fifth and final year, Stepaniak looks to cap his career on a high note. The right guard position is his to dominate, but his ambitions may exceed beyond just that. At 6-foot-4, 321-pounds, Stepaniak has a small chance at catching the attention of NFL scouts. In the meantime, Indiana fans will get to enjoy one more year of Simon Stepaniak’s blocking. Stepaniak won the hearts of Hoosier Nation, while simultaneously sending the state of Michigan into a frenzy when he finished a block on Chase Winnovich.
Hutch’s Trivia Question
In honor of the late Terry Hutchens, we are including a daily IUFB trivia question from his book So You Think You Know Indiana University Football. Hutch is dearly missed and this is our way of keeping his memory with us this season. Please leave your answers in the comments section.
How many seasons did it take Bill Mallory to guide IU to a bowl game?
Yesterday’s Answer: The Walk and Hep’s Rock
(check back tomorrow for the answer)