While the Hoosiers defense continues to be a work in progress, as evidenced by team turning to its third defensive coordinator in four seasons, there have still been plenty of notable players to see action on that side of the ball. Continuing our All-Kevin Wilson team, here’s our look at the top players to see action for Indiana on the defensive side of the ball. Again, this list only includes players that were recruited by Coach Wilson, both scholarship and walk-ons are eligible. Also, no consideration was given to strong versus weak-side, and we utilized a 4-3 alignment.Read More
This was a tough game to look back on because there are a lot of what ifs. What if Nate Sudfeld's ankle had been 100 percent? What if Jordan Howard did not suffer a high-ankle sprain in the first half? What if pass interference was called on the final play? Indiana had the champs on the ropes and let them off the hook. This was the first close call for the Hoosiers, in a season filled with close calls.Read More
The Indiana Hoosier defensive line will look immensely different in 2016 than it did at the end of 2015. Gone are the likes of Nick Mangieri, Darius Latham, Adarius Rayner, and Zack Shaw. Those four players combined to play in 50 games and make 153 tackles, including 17.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. Their production will be missed upfront and the Hoosiers will look for answers from some old friends and new faces.
Indiana also sports a new(ish) defensive line coach in Mark Hagen, who replaces Larry McDaniel. The Hoosiers also add a new defensive coordinator, Tom Allen, who will try to implement a new defensive scheme— his 4-2-5 defense. This means the emergence of the new “Bull” position, which will be like a Bandit, but more of a true defensive end.
While the issue that stood out the most with the Hoosiers in 2015 was on the back end of the defense, the defensive line has to create some havoc in the offensive backfield. A good pass rush will help the still young secondary out by forcing throws a little quicker.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Eighteen Indiana football student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. IU has set a program mark with 111 award winners in head coach Kevin Wilson’s five seasons.Read More
On Monday and Tuesday nights the Big Ten announced their All-Conference teams as voted by the coaches and the media in the Big Ten. Twelve Hoosier players earned All-Big Ten honors over the past two nights. Here is a list of who they are and their highlights from the 2015 season are:Read More
On Tuesday afternoon Indiana defensive end Nick Mangieri was named to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. Mangieri is fifth in the Big Ten in sacks (7), 14th in TFLs (8), fifth in pass break ups (5), and tied for sixth in forced fumbles (2).Read More
The first half of the college football season has flown by. The Hoosiers sit at 4-2 (0-2) at this juncture. It is probably exactly where they should be after six games in terms of their record. So how did the Hoosier defense graded out at Hoosier Huddle? Let’s take a look.Read More
Opponent: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Location: Saturday September 26th /12:30pm/ BB&T Field/ (Winston-Salem, NC)
Why They Played: For the first time in their histories Indiana and Wake Forest met on the gridiron, in the first game of a home-and-home series.
What The Game Meant:
For the first time since Kevin Wilson has been in Bloomington the Hoosiers have swept their non-conference slate. The Hoosiers start 4-0 for the first time since 1990.
Opponent: Florida International Golden Panthers
Location: Saturday September 12th /8:12pm/ Memorial Stadium/ (Bloomington, IN)
Why They Played: Indiana paid $1 million dollars to get this game switched to FIU from USF in order to bolster the number of home games IU was playing. Wilson did not want to play just six home games again.
What The Game Meant
Indiana had to play improved football on defense to win the game and start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2012. A loss here would probably doom the season after last week’s performance against Southern Illinois.Read More