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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Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Defensive Line

Spring Practice 2018 Position Preview: Defensive Line

Written By: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Our next position preview as look ahead to the 2018 season focuses on the defensive line. Position coach and co-defensive coordinator Mark Hagen is a wizard and a real asset to the program and it’s hard to imagine the Hoosiers having anything other than a solid line with Hagen in charge. This personnel group has the chance to be more than just solid but there are certainly some question marks as IU must replace steady Nate Hoff and a pair vastly improved players in Greg Gooch and Robert McCray. We’ll split this into four different sections: tackle starters, tackle contributors/rising talent, defensive end starters, defensive end contributors.

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Top Five: Sleepers Heading into IU Football Spring Practice

Top Five: Sleepers Heading into IU Football Spring Practice

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Our next ‘Top Five’ list will take a look at who we think are the five sleepers on the Indiana football team that fans need to follow. My definition of a sleeper is a player who has gone under the radar, has been forgotten about or one that can play a big role, but needs to step up in order to do so.

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Success Along the Defensive Line Will Again Be a Group Effort in 2017

Success Along the Defensive Line Will Again Be a Group Effort in 2017

By David Sugarman (@David_Sugarman2)

As Indiana has geared up for its first full season under Tom Allen, there have been a number of coaching changes, but the core of the defensive staff has stayed intact. Back for his second year as the defensive line coach, Mark Hagen will look to continue the progress his group made in 2016.

Last season Indiana gave up 35 less yards per game on the ground than they did in 2015. The team’s crowning achievement may have been when they held likely the Big Ten’s and nation’s best running back in Penn State’s Saquon Barkley to 58 yards on 33 carries, less than two yards per touch.

Now headed into year two with Hagen, Indiana will look to replace Ralph Green III due to graduation and Nile Sykes, undisclosed season ending injury. Those two combined for nearly 50 tackles and six sacks in 2016. If Indiana wants to take another step in the right direction and achieve their goal of becoming a top 25 defense, it starts with the big boys in the trenches.

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 98 Days (Jerome Johnson)

Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 98 Days (Jerome Johnson)

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Written By Alex Compton

The Hoosier Huddle Countdown to Kick-off has begun! There are now 98 days until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2017 season against the Ohio State Buckeyes. That seems like a long way away and I suppose it is, but this countdown will fly by and it will be football season before we know it! Today’s countdown takes a look at #98 Jerome Johnson.

Jerome Johnson

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Making the Leap: Players Primed to Benefit Most From Bowl Practices

Making the Leap: Players Primed to Benefit Most From Bowl Practices

Written By: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Making a bowl game means many things: It is a reward for reaching six victories. It is a symbol of continued progress for a program. Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity for a team to practice an additional 15 times. Those practices are incredible developmental chances for young players and they help springboard success for the next season. While every player will undoubtedly benefit from the additional practice, we’ve compiled a list of players that could benefit the most from IU’s preparation for the Foster Farms Bowl.

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2016 Defensive Line Preview: Can The Hoosiers Be Disruptive Enough Upfront?

2016 Defensive Line Preview: Can The Hoosiers Be Disruptive Enough Upfront?

New defensive scheme? Check. New defensive line coach? Check. New defensive line starters? Check. Plenty has changed since the Hoosiers gave up 44 points to Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl, a game that was gift-wrapped and delivered a day after Christmas to the Blue Devils. Well, if Indiana is to avoid a similar set of events in 2016, change is necessary, but change in itself is not nearly enough. There has to be a greater level of execution, which starts upfront, in the trenches at the point of attack.

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Countdown to Kickoff: 66 Days (Jerome Johnson)

Countdown to Kickoff: 66 Days (Jerome Johnson)

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There are now 66 days remaining until the Indiana Hoosiers kick-off the 2016 season in Miami against the Florida International Golden Panthers. Join us each day for each part of our 100-day countdown to the opener! Currently, there is no player that is assigned to number 66, so we will be profiling incoming freshman Jerome Johnson.

Jerome Johnson (Incoming Freshman)

-Height: 6’3”
-Weight: 295 pounds
-Hometown: Bassfield, Mississippi
-Position: Defensive Line

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