2019 Indiana Football Fall Camp Report: August 12th

2019 Indiana Football Fall Camp Report: August 12th

Written by Andrew Walker

The Hoosiers were indoors at Mellencamp Pavilion on Monday, and what started off as a relatively slow practice without helmets, turned into some pretty exciting team drills. The focus today was less about full run throughs and more about the ins and outs of special teams, two-minute offense, and a few other nitty gritty things. Peyton Ramsey ended up taking a majority of the snaps, but Mike Penix and Jack Tuttle looked good in their reps as well. 

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2019 Indiana Football Fall Camp Report: August 5th

2019 Indiana Football Fall Camp Report: August 5th

Written by Andrew Walker

Indiana Football was back on the practice field today, and from the very beginning, the place was electric. A shoulder pads but not full speed team practice followed some of the position drills. During team practice, redshirt Junior Marcelino Ball was a missile on the defensive side of the ball. In the lineman drills, the offensive line looks great, but the defensive line looks better. Peyton Ramsey, Jack Tuttle and Mike Penix were all given the opportunity to display their passing ability, but it was the redshirt Junior Ramsey that played the most QB1 today. 

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For Brady Feeney, Indiana was “Right up His Alley”

For Brady Feeney, Indiana was “Right up His Alley”

Written by Amanda Pavelka

Both Brady Feeney and the Indiana offense line won big last Sunday when Feeney flipped from Rice University and verbally committed to carry his football career to Indiana. Feeney received his first offer to play power five football and immediately decided Bloomington would be home following his senior year at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Reakwon Jones’ Goal: Instill Confidence as a Leader in Senior Season

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Written by Amanda Pavelka

Confidence, confidence, confidence. 

Confidence is what fifth-year senior linebacker Reakwon Jones preaches to himself. Confidence is what he preaches and works to help instill in the young linebacker squad. Confidence is key, and that’s not the first time we have heard confidence is what the Indiana football squad is lacking coming off of back-to-back 5-7, bowl-less seasons.

“Our depth has improved tremendously,” Jones said at Big Ten Media Days, “so the next piece is to be confident. I feel like right now we have 120 confident guys from walk-ons to scholarships and it's motivating to see that. And when somebody’s confident that’s going to rub off on somebody else, so I feel like that’s kind of the next key piece.”

In last season’s losses, like the heartbreaker against Purdue, the Old Oaken Bucket and a bowl birth really came down to one score. And Jones stands by his word that depth and confidence is what the Hoosiers were missing. 

“People kind of undermine confidence as a piece, but confidence is probably the biggest piece to every football player,” Jones explained. “If you don’t have confidence, you’re not the same. You think slower, you react slower.”

Jones himself had a battle with his confidence and won it back last year. This year, he’s helping the younger players do the same. 

“Coach Ballou was really a big part of me getting my confidence back. He came in and pushed us hard,” Jones explained. “When I got my confidence back through the weight room, I just translated it to the field…. That’s what I’ve tried to emphasize in the younger guys. Don’t lose faith in you. I know it gets hard, it’s tough, it’s college, and everyone’s good here. It’s always trusting in what you’ve got, trusting your abilities. You’re not here for no reason— that’s what I tell everybody. You’re here because coaches and everybody thought you were a good player in high school and that you could really come here and help us.”

When Tom Allen goes on the recruiting chase, he has a certain type, and his player pursuits have to do with everything but the amount of stars they’ve been given. 

“These past couple classes Coach Allen has brought in— they’ve come in hungry. They came ready to learn, eager to learn, competitive. That’s a common thing with Coach Allen,” Jones said. “He knows the guys to get, the guys that will fit in with his team, guys that want the same thing as his team. Some guys were probably underdogs before or whatever, but they come in and they all want the same thing we want.”

As Reakwon Jones flips the page to a new chapter in his senior year at Indiana, he takes lessons learned from former teammate and Pittsburgh Steeler Tegray Scales to lead the young linebacker group.

“(Scales) really just taught me to be relentless and taught me to bring people with me. You don’t go to work alone, you find two, three, four, five other people to go to work. That’s how you get to be where you want to be. You’re going to get where you want to be individually by bringing this team with you. You have a great team, you’re going to have great players,” Jones explained at Media days last week.

Jones has taken it as his responsibility as veteran linebacker of the group to lead, and it’s created an atmosphere of hunger and growth in the offseason for guys like Micah McFadden, James Miller, Cam Jones, Khalil Bryant and Marcelino Ball. 

“They’re eager, they want to come out. They’ll hit my phone saying ‘Hey big bro, when are we going out to the field?,” Jones said. 

Jones, like Scales, has been a part of the start of something great he’ll get the opportunity to watch blossom over the next few years as an alumni. 

“It’s the reason I came here. I wanted to change this program. I didn’t want to change it single-handedly, but I wanted to be a part of the change.”

The Goal is Clear Entering Tom Allen’s Third Year

The Goal is Clear Entering Tom Allen’s Third Year

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Tom Allen did not hesitate when he talked about expectations going into his third year of coaching at Indiana during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. Allen’s words could not have been more clear-cut on Thursday—“We’re going to win a bowl game. That’s what we’re shooting for.”

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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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Quotes From Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen's Press Conference at Big Ten Media Days

Quotes From Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen's Press Conference at Big Ten Media Days

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Quotes from Tom Allen’s Media Day Press Conference

Indiana head football coach Tom Allen addressed the assembled media in Chicago for the conference’s annual media days. This is the third time for Allen at Big Ten Media Days. Here are the quotes from his press conference: 

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Countdown to IUFB Kickoff: 47 Days (Micah McFadden)

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@AmandaPavelka3)

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: #47 MICAH MCFADDEN

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 230 pounds

Hometown: Tampa, Florida (Plant)

Year: Sophomore

Position: LB

Only six more Indiana football-less Saturdays remain until the season kicks off against the Ball State Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The August 31st noon matchup is 47 days away, so today we will feature the guy representing the Hoosiers’ No. 47 jersey— none other than Micah McFadden.

Even a season of nameless jerseys did not make a difference when it comes to recognizing sophomore linebacker Micah McFadden. A true freshman, the Florida native played in all 12 games in the 2018 season. His stat line for last season read 20 tackles, 14 solo, with one for loss, a single forced fumble, and a pair of quarterback hurries.

As far as his performance in the off-season, no news was confirmed good news in the press conference before the spring game: “I haven’t mentioned him in a little bit, but the growth from last fall to right now is pretty intense in a good way,” Coach Tom Allen said.

With big shoes to fill with the departure of Dameon Willis, McFadden has proven himself a top contestant, along with former high school teammate and redshirt sophomore Thomas Allen and redshirt freshman James Miller.

Countdown to 2019 IUFB Kickoff: 51 Days (Mackenzie Nworah)

Written by Amanda Pavelka

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: #51 MACKENZIE NWORAH

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 310 pounds

Hometown: Houston, Texas (Manvel)

Year: Redshirt Junior

Position: OL

Less than two months remain until the long-awaited 2019 Indiana football season. The Hoosiers will make their season debut at Lucas Oil Stadium where they will take on the Ball State Cardinals on August 31st in a noon game. With 51 days remaining, it is only appropriate to talk about the man who will represent the Hoosiers’ No. 51 jersey— Mackenzie Nworah.

You’ve heard his name before, but it’s been a while. In 2017, he started six games and played in ten at right guard. Indiana’s offensive player of the game in their 41-0 win over Rutgers was none other than Nworah.

Nworah’s had a knock-down, drag-out fight with injuries since then, and unfortunately had to sit out most of the 2018 season to recover. For a guy with the perfect size and frame for the offensive guard job, he was one of the most painful sights on the Hoosier bench. He traded time on the field for time in the books and ended up contributing to the IU football program’s record, being one of 29 guys to earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors in 2018.

Although no official word, Nworah’s comeback is hopeful and he’ll likely be called upon as next man up at offensive guard.