Plenty of Hoosiers on NFL Rosters as Training Camp Opens Up

Plenty of Hoosiers on NFL Rosters as Training Camp Opens Up

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

The summer calendar is closing in on August and that means the NFL is also just around the corner. As teams report for training camp, now is a perfect time for Hoosier fans to catch up with the former IU football players that will be looking to take their football dreams to the next level.

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Catching Up With How Former Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL in 2018

Catching Up With How Former Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL in 2018

Written By Lauralys Shallow

How the Hoosiers are Faring in the NFL

A total of 10 Indiana University football alums are on nine different NFL rosters for the 2018 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of each player’s accomplishments through the first eight weeks of the 2018 season.

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Former IUFB TE Ian Thomas Selected 101st Overall (4th Round) By the Carolina Panthers

Former IUFB TE Ian Thomas Selected 101st Overall (4th Round) By the Carolina Panthers

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Ian Thomas, Tight End, Carolina Panthers, (4th Round, 1st , 101st Overall)

Ian Thomas’ dreams came true on Saturday when he was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 101st overall pick in the fourth round. It’s been a long and winding road up until this point in Thomas’ life. The Baltimore, Maryland native endured the passing of his parents at a young age. Along with his eight siblings, Thomas was put in an unfathomable situation. He persevered through adversity and, despite his impressive size, Thomas was always overlooked – until now.

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IUFB Pro Day Primer: Tight End Ian Thomas

IUFB Pro Day Primer: Tight End Ian Thomas

Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Ian Thomas joined the Indiana Hoosiers as a JUCO product along with quarterback Richard Lagow. Thomas is a Baltimore, Maryland native. He played tight end at Digital Harbor High School. He also played basketball and track and field. Ian Thomas as raised by his older siblings. His parents passed at a young age, and he and his eight siblings were forced to fend for themselves. Thomas persevered through all forms of adversity.

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Five Hoosiers Performed at the NFL Scouting Combine this Past Weekend, Here's What They Did

Five Hoosiers Performed at the NFL Scouting Combine this Past Weekend, Here's What They Did

Written By Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB)

Five former Indiana football stars were invited to participate in the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which began last week and concluded on Monday.

Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. was the only Hoosier to participate in all seven drills, while Ian Thomas was involved in five. Linebackers Tegray Scales and Chris Covington took part in only the bench press and 40-yard dash. Cornerback Rashard Fant was unable to participate due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Here are the results from Indianapolis, along with a brief scouting report on each player from the past week. Indiana will also have its pro day on April 3.

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Former Indiana Tight End Ian Thomas is Taking It All In at the Senior Bowl

Former Indiana Tight End Ian Thomas is Taking It All In at the Senior Bowl

Written By Rylie Kyhn

Senior tight end Ian Thomas is preparing for a big game this week as he gets ready to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game, which features the nations best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects, is set to take place this Saturday, January 27th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama at 2:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

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Indiana's Ian Thomas Named Mackey Award Tight End of the Week

Indiana's Ian Thomas Named Mackey Award Tight End of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior tight end Ian Thomas has been named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week, it was announced today.
 
Thomas hauled in a 71-yard touchdown, the Hoosiers longest since Sept. 24, 2016, and finished with two receptions for 79 yards in IU's 52-17 victory over Georgia Southern. The Baltimore native paces the team with three TDs and is third with 11 receptions for 163 yards (14.8 average - 2nd).
 
His 54.3 yards per game sit second among tight ends in the Big Ten (9th nationally), while his three scores are tied for second (T-3rd nationally).
 
The 2017 John Mackey recipient will be announced on Dec. 6, 2017, and then presented live on Dec. 7, 2017, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. Other key dates include the 2017 Mackey Midseason Watch List on Oct. 10, 2017, the 2017 Mackey semifinalists on Nov. 14, 2017, and the 2017 Mackey Finalists on Nov. 21, 2017. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com, on our official Twitter account: @JohnMackeyAward and also on our official Facebook page:www.facebook.com/JohnMackeyAward.
 
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The John Mackey Tight End of the Week honor will run until the announcement of the eight semifinalists.
 
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit http://www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
 
The Friends of John Mackey is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.com for all Mackey Award related information.

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Game Wrap and Reaction (Indiana 52 Georgia Southern 17)

Game Wrap and Reaction (Indiana 52 Georgia Southern 17)

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Georgia Southern Eagles

Location: Saturday Sept. 23rd Memorial Stadium Bloomington, IN

Why They Played:  The Hoosiers and Eagles played as a one-game non-conference series

What The Game Meant

This was a game where Indiana should’ve been able to flex their muscles and they did. The biggest takeaway from the game was that it was win number two on the year.

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From JUCO to Big Ten, Richard Lagow and Ian Thomas Play With an Inherent Chip on Their Shoulder

From JUCO to Big Ten, Richard Lagow and Ian Thomas Play With an Inherent Chip on Their Shoulder

Written By Evan McShane (@reasonableguy)

No one likes to be told they aren’t good enough. It’s a hard pill to swallow. This can be the reality some high school football players face when they turn to junior college. There is no uniform path to make it to the Big Ten – Ian Thomas and Richard Lagow are prime examples. The quarterback and tight end share a special bond having risen the ranks via junior college football, also known as JUCO. Lagow explains, “The JUCO experience is very unique and not a lot of guys can understand it when you talk about it; just kind of the struggles that you go through at junior college and how much we appreciate every single thing about being at a place like Indiana University because we didn't have any of this at JUCO.”

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Notes and Quotes From IUFB's Ohio State Week Media Session

Notes and Quotes From IUFB's Ohio State Week Media Session

By David Sugarman (@David_Sugarman2)

It’s officially game week and earlier today head coach Tom Allen, offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and several players met with members of the media. Among the big talking points were keeping focus despite the magnitude of the Ohio State game, Richard Lagow’s improvement and a surprising depth chart move. Here are today’s notes and quotes:

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