Five IUFB Takeaways from Big Ten Media Day

Five IUFB Takeaways from Big Ten Media Day

Written by Amanda Pavelka

It was a successful Big Ten Media Day, one that Indiana coaches, players, and journalists left with a ray of hope for what appears to be the beginning of a turning point for the IU football program. Here are a few takeaways from Big Ten Media Days you need for the 2019 season— put them in your pocket and do not lose them.

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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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Allen on Quarterbacks: 'At the End of the Day, it's About Winning the Game'

Allen on Quarterbacks: 'At the End of the Day, it's About Winning the Game'

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

As the 2019 season creeps closer the thing in the front of everyone’s mind when talking about Indiana football is who will be the starting quarterback for the Hoosiers when they kickoff against the Ball State Cardinals on August 31st at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

There will be a three-way battle for QB1 when fall camp rolls around in August. Peyton Ramsey is the incumbent with a season-and-a-half of starting experience and 4,127 passing yards to his name. However, the challengers redshirt freshman Michael Penix and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle are set to turn up the heat on Ramsey.

Hoosier Huddle had a chance to sit down with head coach Tom Allen and ask him what he is looking for in his starting quarterback.

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Spring Practice No. 13 Notes and Coordinators' Observations

Spring Practice No. 13 Notes and Coordinators' Observations

Written by Nathan Comp

General Observations

·      Consistent improvement and having tangible goals for what to work on when the spring session is complete were the focuses of practice today.

·      Nick Westbrook returned as a full-participant to practice.

·      Micah McFadden and Raekwon Jones returned as full participants at practice today after having been banged up during last week’s scrimmage.

·      Coach Wommack has adjusted the blitz packages the defense will run. Has focused on making them simpler and more efficient.

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Spring Practice No. 10 Notes and Observations

Spring Practice No. 10 Notes and Observations

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

After running over 100 snaps in their scrimmage on Saturday, the Hoosiers were back on the field in shoulder pads to start the final third of spring practice. It was also a special day in Bloomington as many former Hoosiers took part in IU’s Pro Day.

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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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Spring Practice No. 3 Notes and Observations

Spring Practice No. 3 Notes and Observations

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Spring Practice Day Three Notables

The Hoosiers were back on the practice field on a day that felt more suited for skiing than spring football. However, it was toasty inside the Mellencamp Pavilion as the Hoosiers put on the shoulder pads for the first time this spring. Here are my observations as well as quotes from players and coaches.

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Spring Preview-A Quarterback Battle is Brewing and Everyone Has Something to Prove

Spring Preview-A Quarterback Battle is Brewing and Everyone Has Something to Prove

Written by Nathan Comp

We are under two months away from the Indiana Football spring game and just over a week away from the first spring practice. It is time for Hoosier Huddle’s preview coverage to ramp up after a couple-month break following the season-ending loss to Purdue.

With a new offensive coordinator in town, the expectations are already heightened for Indiana’s 2019 offense. The excitement only grows more when you take a look at the three options Indiana will have at quarterback; each brings a unique skillset but also their own set of questions to the table. The quarterback competition will certainly be on the front of everyone’s mind as the 2019 season draws nearer.

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 38 Ball State 10

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 38 Ball State 10

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Ball State Cardinals

Location: Saturday September 15th, 2018 Bloomington, IN

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Cardinals kicked off a three-game set. They’ll play in 2019 (Indianapolis) and again in 2020 (Bloomington).

What The Game Meant: This was a chance for the Hoosiers to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2015 and get halfway to bowl eligibility. It also sets up a prime-time Spittoon battle against Michigan State.

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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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