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)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 13 DAYS (#13 Larry Tracy III)

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

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

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Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 22 DAYS (#1 WHOP PHILYOR)

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 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 27 Days (Ivory Winters)

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 27 Days (Ivory Winters)

Written by Amanda Pavelka

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: 27 DAYS (#20 IVORY WINTERS)

Height: 6’0’’

Weight: 215 pounds

Hometown: Hayti, Missouri

Class: Freshman

Position: Running Back

Only 27 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 running back who will wear the No. 20 jersey— Ivory Winters. 

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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.











Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 1 Day (Simmie Cobbs)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 1 Day (Simmie Cobbs)

Written By Alex Compton (@Alexncompton)

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The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off is complete! Kickoff against the Ohio State Buckeyes is tomorrow at8:00 on ESPN, but I would encourage you to buy tickets if you haven’t already. The final installation of our countdown series looks at redshirt Junior Simmie Cobbs, who should be one of Indiana’s best players coming off of an injury. We would like to thank you for following along with our countdown since day 100, and hope you’ll be back next year!

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 2 Days (Davonte Williams)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 2 Days (Davonte Williams)

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

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Two days! Two-ahhhhh! Just a pair of days left until the Hoosiers welcome ESPN’s College Game Day to Bloomington for the first time ever. Just two days left until they debut new uniforms and helmets. Two days left until they open the 2017 season against the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a game that Tom Allen has accurately labeled, “the biggest home opener in Indiana football history”. Today’s penultimate countdown piece takes a look at one of the players tasked with carrying the rock against one of the nation’s toughest defensive fronts: running back Devonte Williams.

Devonte Williams (Redshirt Sophomore)

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