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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Needing More: Hoosier Wideouts Look to Step Up

Needing More: Hoosier Wideouts Look to Step Up

Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

The 2018 season was a frustrating one for Indiana football. There were several positives but things did not quite click and IU came up just short of a bowl game. One of the primary reasons for that was a lack of production and explosion in the passing game. The Hoosiers did not have a receiver with more than 46 catches (Luke Timian led the way with 46) and no IU player was able to average even 50 yards receiving per contest. The Hoosiers have turned to a new offensive coordinator with hopes of igniting the offensive attack, the quarterback room is talented and there are a number of wide receivers ready to prove they can get the job done.

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Spring Scrimmage (Practice no. 9) Observations and Quotes

Spring Scrimmage (Practice no. 9) Observations and Quotes

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

It was scrimmage day on a gloomy day in Bloomington and while it was raining outside, the competition was heating up inside Mellencamp Pavilion. No score was kept in the scrimmage, but the defense clearly came out on top.

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Week Five Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Wide Receiver vs. Rutgers Defensive Backs

Week Five Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Wide Receiver vs. Rutgers Defensive Backs

Written By Rylie Kyhn

In the first three games of the season, the Indiana offense didn’t have a lot of trouble moving the ball and the unit was effective, at least enough to get the job done. However, last weekend in their first conference matchup against Michigan State, the offense struggled to get anything going especially in the rushing game. The MSU defensive line completely dominated and the offensive line had trouble creating holes for the running backs and protecting Peyton Ramsey. Indiana rushed for a total of 29 yards on 32 carries and averaged 0.9 yards per rushing attempt.

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 38 Florida International 28

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 38 Florida International 28

Opponent: Florida International Golden Panthers

Location: Saturday September 1st, 2018 Miami Florida

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Golden Panthers played the back end of a home-and-home series after last season’s game was postponed until 2024.

What The Game Meant: Every season opener is big and opening on the road is a tough draw. IU needs to win all three non-conference games in 2018 and that started with a win at Florida International.

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Indiana Football Positional Preview: Finding the Next Wide Receiver Playmaker

Indiana Football Positional Preview: Finding the Next Wide Receiver Playmaker

Written By Nathan Comp

When Indiana was struggling in the passing game last year, an always reliable target came in the form of Simmie Cobbs. Now, Simmie Cobbs has moved on to the NFL and the Hoosiers must find a new playmaker in the receiving corps. Some up and comers, along with some proven players coming back from injury, will serve as the most likely targets for whoever ends up winning the right to line up behind center in the fall.

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Spring Practice 2018 Positional Preview: Wide Receivers

Spring Practice 2018 Positional Preview: Wide Receivers

Written By Rylie Kyhn 

Throughout the 2017 season, injuries were a problem for the wide receiver group which lead to
adjustments in the passing game and forced young players to step up. When three experienced
receivers suffered season-ending injuries early in the season, the Hoosiers needed to find
production and consistency in the group that remained healthy. Redshirt junior J-Shun Harris II
and junior Nick Westbrook both suffered from season-ending ACL tears and junior Donavan
Hale suffered a season ending injury in the third game of the season. The Hoosiers worked a
number of players into the offense at the receiver position and worked to figure out the right
combination but it was something they seemed to struggle with all season.

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Indiana's Receivers Against Ohio State's Secondary is the Match-up to Watch Thursday

Indiana's Receivers Against Ohio State's Secondary is the Match-up to Watch Thursday

Written By Alex Compton (@Alexncompton)

Well, game week is finally here, and Thursday night is fast approaching. Lots has been said about this Indiana team not being able to stand up against Ohio State at all, and I just simply don’t think that’s true. Indiana has one of their best teams in a long time, and the Buckeyes come to Bloomington with some inexperience at glaring positions that could be a huge factor in week one on the road. One of those positions is defensive back, and luckily for IU, the WR group is the strongest group on the team. Let’s take a look at the first matchup to watch of the year- IU’s wide receivers vs. OSU’s defensive backs. 

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Indiana's 2017 Receivers Could be It's Deepest and Most Talented Group Ever

Indiana's 2017 Receivers Could be It's Deepest and Most Talented Group Ever

Written By David Sugarman (@David_Sugarman2)

Indiana’s best receiver went down in his first game of the season in 2016. Indiana had the second best passing offense in the Big Ten in 2016. Those two sentences look odd next to each other, but it’s true. Despite losing Simmie Cobbs to an ankle injury for the season on the opening series of an early season game with Ball State, Indiana was able to put together a very formidable receiving core. Nick Westbrook was able to step out of the shadow of Cobbs for a big season, going for nearly 1,000 yards after being used sparingly in 2015. Complimentary receivers like Mitchell Paige and Luke Timian proved to be consistent targets all season long for Richard Lagow as well. With a now healthy Cobbs and young talent waiting in the wings, the Indiana receiving core has a chance to be one of the best in the Big Ten, but will also have the tall task of replacing the production of Paige and Ricky Jones.

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