Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
There are now 81 days remaining until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2016 season in Miami against the Florida International Golden Panthers. Join us each day for each part of our 100-day countdown to the opener! Currently, tight end Jordan Fuchs is wearing the number 81 for the Hoosiers.
Jordan Fuchs (Junior)
-Weight: 230 pounds
-Hometown: Queens, New York
-Position: Tight End
It is hard to believe tight end Jordan Fuchs is already a junior, time flies I guess. Fuchs came to IU from the Big Apple and played in all 12 games as a true freshman, catching three passes for 31 yards and a score. Later that year Fuchs would be called into service for the Hoosier basketball team, who was lacking size at the time. Fuch’s sophomore campaign was limited to just seven games due to injury, but he caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in IU’s homecoming loss to Rutgers.
Coming into his junior season, expectations are high for Fuchs. He should be able to see the field more with the departures of Michael Cooper and Anthony Corsaro and he is finally healthy. At 6’6”, the athletic tight end can be used all over the field to create match-up problems with the defense. We have seen flashes of brilliance from Fuchs in his first two years, but the Hoosiers need him to stay on the field and have a breakout season to really get this offense going. He is a major threat in the red zone as we saw against Rutgers and we’ve seen him make plays in the open field in practice. During spring practice the coaches were trying to get him to bulk up in order to be able to be used in more situations. At 230 pounds it is difficult to take on some of the better defensive ends in the Big Ten, but if Fuchs can put on 10-15 pounds he could turn into the all-around weapon at tight end that IU needs.
Fuchs will be battling Danny Friend and Ryan Watercutter, as well as newcomer Ian Thomas for the starting tight end job. Even if Fuchs does not start, he should see the field a lot in 2016 as Wilson and his staff love to use more than one tight end in sets and it’d be hard to not use Fuchs as he is so tough to cover and account for on defense.
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