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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2019 Opponent Unit Rankings: Quarterbacks

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

We are closing in on the final opposing unit rankings of the 2019 pre-season. Today we are taking a look at the quarterbacks that IU is going to face on their journey through the 2019 schedule. There will be some familiar faces, but many new players will take snaps against the Hoosiers.

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2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Running Back

2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Running Back

2019 Indiana Opponent Rankings – Running Back

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Hoosier Huddle’s 2019 season preview coverage continues. The opponent rankings series is one of the staples of our look ahead at the season. Today’s focus shifts to the backfield and ranks the running back groups the Indiana Hoosiers defense will need to stop during the 2019 campaign. IU has some questions on the defensive line, specifically with the depth of the interior, and the run defense could be a key factor in determining whether or not the Hoosiers go bowling.

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Opponent Unit Rankings: Special Teams

Opponent Unit Rankings: Special Teams

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

2019 Opposing Special Teams Rankings

Welcome back to our opponent unit ranking series. Today we will are ranking the special teams units for each of the Indiana Hoosiers’ opponents during the 2019 regular season. We will consider each phase of special teams (kicking, punting, punt return and coverage and kickoff return and coverage).

Since we don’t rank IU in this, I will tell you where I would put them. The Hoosiers would be right, smack in the middle of this ranking. Kicker Logan Justus is very solid and Charles Campbell could be used as a capable kicker as well. Haydon Whitehead is a really good punter as well. The questions for IU come in the return and coverage games. Can they find a replacement for J-Shun Harris who was an All-Big Ten punt returner? Will someone breathe life into the kickoff return unit? Finally, can they fix whatever plagued them late in the year on kickoff coverage?

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Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 42 Days (Marcelino Ball)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 42 Days (Marcelino Ball)

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: #9 MARCELINO BALL

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 223 pounds

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia (Roswell)

Year: Redshirt junior

Position: Husky

Only five 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 42 days away, and with Big Ten Media Days underway in Chicago this past Thursday and Friday, college football preseason is in full swing.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 47 Days (Micah McFadden)

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@AmandaPavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: #47 MICAH MCFADDEN

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

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: #51 MACKENZIE NWORAH

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.











2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Lines

2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Lines

Written by Amanda Pavelka

The Hoosier Huddle team will be ranking the position groups for each one of Indiana’s opponents. Today we will outline each one of the Defensive Lines that the Hoosiers will face in the upcoming season.

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