Seven Hoosiers on Pre-Season All-Big Ten Teams in Preview Magazines

Seven Hoosiers on Pre-Season All-Big Ten Teams in Preview Magazines

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Every summer around Memorial Day college football fans rifle through magazine stands at their local supermarket or bookstore in search of a pre-season college football preview magazine. I know that every time I hit Kroger or Books-a-Million after May 10th I check just in case they come in early. I consider there to be four big, must buy magazines every year, Athlon Sports, Lindy’s, Phil Steele and Street and Smith’s. Some are better than others, but each have their own strengths. Why buy four magazines? Well, I am crazy, but I like having other perspectives to compile. One of the great tools that these magazines provide is their pre-season All-Big Ten teams. This year, there are seven Hoosiers who earned that honor heading into the 2019 season and eight have been singled out in the magazines. Here they are:

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Countdown to 2018 IUFB Kickoff: 54 Days (Ja'Merez Bowen and Coy Cronk)

Countdown to 2018 IUFB Kickoff: 54 Days (Ja'Merez Bowen and Coy Cronk)

Written by Nathan Comp

54 Days (Ja’merez Bowen and Coy Cronk)

The Hoosier Huddle countdown to kickoff has begun. 54 days remain until the Hoosiers kickoff the 2018 season on the road against Florida International University. Today we will highlight the two Hoosiers who wear number 54, Ja’merez Bowen and Coy Cronk.

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Five Things to Pay Attention to as Indiana Starts Spring Football Practice on Saturday

Five Things to Pay Attention to as Indiana Starts Spring Football Practice on Saturday

Written By Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB)

Football is returning to Bloomington.

Indiana kicks off its spring practice on Saturday, as it prepares for the 2018 season following a 5-7 (2-7) campaign last fall, coming just one win shy of a third consecutive bowl appearance.

The Hoosiers lose a plethora of talent from its 2017 squad, primarily on the defensive side of the football. As head coach Tom Allen enters his second spring practice, he'll be coaching an IU team with a little more youth and inexperience than he's had in two seasons (one as defensive coordinator) with the program.

With offseason football right around the corner for the Hoosiers, here are five things to watch heading into spring practice.

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Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Offensive Line

Spring Practice 2018 Position Battle: Offensive Line

Written By Alex Compton (@alexncompton)

This is one of the most interesting position groups on the team. There are some anchors that have been through the ringer so far in their careers, coupled with some unknowns. That type of combination can be worrisome, or exciting, depending on how you look at the situation. IU isn’t losing much personnel wise for 2018, so the battles for starting spot this year will be very, very interesting. Certain spots on the line (cough, cough, left side) are already locked down, so essentially it’s a three spot position battle for this upcoming season. Second year offensive line coach Darren Hiller has some options to work with, and Coach Allen’s philosophy of having a multitude of bodies up front to rotate in is starting to take shape. 

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Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Offensive Line

Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Offensive Line

Written By Lauralys Shallow

To win in the Big Ten Conference, you have to dominate in the trenches. When a team controls the line of scrimmage, it dictates the play. A strong offensive line allows the running game to get going, which opens up play action because the defense has to respect the run, which gives receivers a chance to make plays on deeper balls down the field. Without a successful run game, the IU offense will be one dimensional. Remember the 2016 season under former head coach Kevin Wilson when IU’s biggest weakness was their run game…and that was with Devine Redding as running back and Dan Feeney playing guard and tackle for most of the year. IU head coach Tom Allen’s debut season had no seniors and limited experience on his offensive line unit. In Allen’s second season, IU needs to establish a consistent and dominant offensive line.

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Bucket Week Notes and Quotes From Tom Allen's Press Conference

Bucket Week Notes and Quotes From Tom Allen's Press Conference

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Offense: Coy Cronk, Hunter Littlejohn, Mackenzie Nworah, Brandon Knight, Delroy Baker and Wes Martin

Defense: Greg Gooch and Tony Fields

Special Teams: Rashard Fant and Haydon Whitehead

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Week Four Match-up to Watch: Georgia Southern's Front Seven vs. Right Side of IU's Offensive Line

Week Four Match-up to Watch: Georgia Southern's Front Seven vs. Right Side of IU's Offensive Line

Written By Alex Compton (@Alexncompton)

IU took care of business in week two. It was far from pretty in the first fifteen minutes, but eventually the offense put some points on the board and helped out a defense that flexed their muscles for the entire game. My matchup of Crawford and Fields did a solid job of keeping the UVA receivers in front of them for the most part, and it really showed that the Hoos just couldn’t create enough positive yardage consistently to put pressure on IU. After waiting forever for the season to start, it seems like four months have passed between the game in Virginia and now. IU will look to win consecutive games for the first time in the Tom Allen era come Saturday, and the matchup to watch will play a big part in trying to do that.

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The Indiana Offensive Line Has Some Parts to Replace, But it Can Be the Engine That Drives the Offense

The Indiana Offensive Line Has Some Parts to Replace, But it Can Be the Engine That Drives the Offense

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

The 2017 season is almost here! Hoosier Huddle’s extensive season preview continues today as we take a look at one of the most important units on a football team: the offensive line. The Hoosiers have to replace a couple of starters, including All-American guard Dan Feeney, along with position coach Greg Frey. However, there are a lot of young and talented options ready to step up and become starting lineup fixtures and new line coach Darren Hiller has put nearly two dozen players into the NFL. The offense has lots of potential answers to many questions but the fate of the attack, and possibly the season, may just come down to how well this unit gels. The line had to work through injuries in the spring, something Darren Hiller wasn’t thrilled about but he still had a good look at several of his new players, “there’s never a blessing in disguise when a guy gets banged up a little bit. But at the same time, we had good competition in the spring between Delroy (Baker), Coy (Cronk) and Brandon (Knight). Ideally, you’d like to say you have ten guys. Realistically, I’d say that we have eight guys. That’s the starting five, you got another tackle that can go in there, a swing guy, you got another guard and another center. We got to put the best five out there and after that we got to find a sixth guy, we got to find a seventh guy and we got to find an eighth guy. Doesn’t matter what position you play.”

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Coy Cronk is Striving for Consistency as a Sophomore in 2017

Coy Cronk is Striving for Consistency as a Sophomore in 2017

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

“A lot of people didn’t think a freshman could play left tackle in the Big Ten.” Coy Cronk proved those people wrong in impressive fashion last season. Cronk set an Indiana record for true freshman by starting all 13 games at left tackle. Not only did he demonstrate his durability, he garnered True Freshman All-American honors and a Big Ten All-Freshman team selection in the process. Cronk helped Indiana finish third in the Big Ten in total offense while protecting quarterback Richard Lagow’s blind side. He bolstered an offensive line that paved the way for Devine Redding to surpass 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight year. Cronk looks to build on a surprising and successful freshman year.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 54 Days (Ja'Merez Bowen and Coy Cronk)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 54 Days (Ja'Merez Bowen and Coy Cronk)

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

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The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off is roaring towards the halfway point! The season opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes is now less than two months away! Today’s article focuses on a pair of linemen, one on each side of the ball. First up is defensive lineman Ja’Merez Bowen followed by returning starting left tackle Coy Cronk.

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