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)


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 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 16 Days (Jamar Johnson)

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

Written by Amanda Pavelka


Height: 6’1”

Weight: 198 pounds

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida (Riverview)

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defensive Back

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


Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)


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 IUFB Kickoff: 47 Days (Micah McFadden)

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@AmandaPavelka3)


Height: 6’2”

Weight: 230 pounds

Hometown: Tampa, Florida (Plant)

Year: Sophomore

Position: LB

Only six more Indiana football-less Saturdays remain until the season kicks off against the Ball State Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The August 31st noon matchup is 47 days away, so today we will feature the guy representing the Hoosiers’ No. 47 jersey— none other than Micah McFadden.

Even a season of nameless jerseys did not make a difference when it comes to recognizing sophomore linebacker Micah McFadden. A true freshman, the Florida native played in all 12 games in the 2018 season. His stat line for last season read 20 tackles, 14 solo, with one for loss, a single forced fumble, and a pair of quarterback hurries.

As far as his performance in the off-season, no news was confirmed good news in the press conference before the spring game: “I haven’t mentioned him in a little bit, but the growth from last fall to right now is pretty intense in a good way,” Coach Tom Allen said.

With big shoes to fill with the departure of Dameon Willis, McFadden has proven himself a top contestant, along with former high school teammate and redshirt sophomore Thomas Allen and redshirt freshman James Miller.

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 51 Days (Mackenzie Nworah)

Written by Amanda Pavelka


Height: 6’4”

Weight: 310 pounds

Hometown: Houston, Texas (Manvel)

Year: Redshirt Junior

Position: OL

Less than two months 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. With 51 days remaining, it is only appropriate to talk about the man who will represent the Hoosiers’ No. 51 jersey— Mackenzie Nworah.

You’ve heard his name before, but it’s been a while. In 2017, he started six games and played in ten at right guard. Indiana’s offensive player of the game in their 41-0 win over Rutgers was none other than Nworah.

Nworah’s had a knock-down, drag-out fight with injuries since then, and unfortunately had to sit out most of the 2018 season to recover. For a guy with the perfect size and frame for the offensive guard job, he was one of the most painful sights on the Hoosier bench. He traded time on the field for time in the books and ended up contributing to the IU football program’s record, being one of 29 guys to earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors in 2018.

Although no official word, Nworah’s comeback is hopeful and he’ll likely be called upon as next man up at offensive guard.

Hoosiers Gain A Late Night Commitment from Three-Star Prospect Caleb Murphy


Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Tom Allen and the Hoosier staff received great news as Hoosier Nation was climbing into bed when in-state defensive line prospect Caleb Murphy tweeted out that he is committing to IU.

The late-night #LEO comes from a three-star prospect from the tiny southern Indiana town of Campbellsburg who, according to Wikipedia and the 2010 Census data, has a population of 585.

Murphy is a mid-three-star prospect who may have been over looked due to the remote location of Campbellsburg. He is listed by 247Sports as the 11th best player in the state. Murphy only tips the scales at 235, but should have the frame at 6’5” to bulk up to 260+ and have the body of a Big Ten defensive end. 

Murphy had a big junior season at West Washington High School with 84 tackles with 11 tackles for loss and two sacks. While the total tackle number is high, he will need to be more disruptive in the backfield to be a difference maker. Murphy also played tackle along the offensive line. He is a player who seems to love physicality and can be seen multiple times plowing opponents into the ground 10-15 yards up field. Fans can watch Caleb Murphy’s HUDL film here.

Murphy made his announcement via Twitter Tuesday night saying, “after a great talk with Coach Allen I’m blessed to say I’ve received an offer from my dream school, Indiana University! I want to thank my family and my coaches for everything they have done for me to make me who I am. I also want to thank all the schools who offered me and gave me such great opportunities. I most importantly want to thank God for giving me the ability to play the game. All this being said, I’m 100% committed to Indiana University to continue my academic and athletic career.”

Murphy had 16 total offers, mainly from Group of Five schools, however he was drawing interest from other Power Five schools like Minnesota and Iowa.

Murphy is the Hoosiers fifth commitment of the 2020 class and the second on the defensive side of the ball. As of publication, the Hoosiers’ 2020 class sits 49th nationally and 9th in the Big Ten according to 247 Sports.  

Hoosiers Land Fourth Commitment of the Weekend in PA OL


Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle) 

The Indiana Hoosiers continued their success on the recruiting trail this weekend by securing the commitment of six-foot-four inch Pennsylvania offensive lineman Michael Katic, who marks the fourth commitment of the weekend for Tom Allen and his staff.

Katic projects as a guard at the next level. He’s listed as running a 5.1 40-yard dash and has a motor that is always running. He had 19 total offers including many Power Five offers and chose the Hoosiers over Boston College. 

Hoosiers Land Top 300 DL Beau Robbins

Hoosiers Land Top 300 DL Beau Robbins

 The Indiana Hoosiers made a big recruiting splash on the first day of June as Tom Allen and company secured the verbal commitment of Beau Robbins. Robbins is a six-foot-four 238-pound defensive end out of Carmel H.S. Robbins is rated by 247 Sports Composite as a four-star prospect and the 256th best player in the country. Needless to say this was a major win for Tom Allen and Mark Hagen on the recruiting trail.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 34 Days (Thomas Henderson)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 34 Days (Thomas Henderson)

Written By T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)


Hang in there everybody…there are only 34 days until the 2017 college football season kicks off and the Indiana Hoosiers take the field at Memorial Stadium to battle the Ohio State Buckeyes! Today’s Hoosier Huddle Countdown article focuses on a walk-on defensive back that stood out on the practice squad before making his collegiate debut in 2016: Thomas Henderson.

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