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 No. 4 Notes and Tom Allen's Observations

Spring Practice No. 4 Notes and Tom Allen's Observations

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Spring Practice Day Four Notables

The Indiana Hoosiers enter spring break on a high note as they wrapped up their first full-padded practice (fourth overall). While Hoosier Huddle was not at the practice, IUHoosiers.com talked to head coach Tom Allen about how he feels after the first four practices.

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Spring Preview- The Hoosier Secondary Has the Talent, Now They Need Efficiency

Spring Preview- The Hoosier Secondary Has the Talent, Now They Need Efficiency

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

While the efficiency numbers were not great, the Indiana defense boasted a respectable secondary in 2019. The Hoosiers thrived off of creating turnovers. Indiana tied for 33rd in the country with 13 team interceptions and they tied for fifth in the country in fumble recoveries with 13. With the departure of Hoosier safety Jonathan Crawford, Indiana has big shoes to fill. Luckily, there are a number of players capable of stepping up to the plate. IU's secondary will still be young next fall, but they will have the luxury of depth. Heading into spring, the IU defensive backs appears to be one of the most talented position groups on the roster. Indiana will return several starters from last year, and Tom Allen and his staff have recruited cornerbacks and safeties very well the past few years. While it is yet to be seen which individuals will produce most, the secondary will be among Indiana's strongest units in 2019.

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The Key For the IU Safeties is to Go From Knowing the Defense to Understanding it

The Key For the IU Safeties is to Go From Knowing the Defense to Understanding it

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Hoosier Nation saw what the right mindset on defense could do for a unit as the IU defense went from one of the worst defenses in the country to one that their team had to lean on to get to their second straight bowl game. Heading into the 2017 season the question is what is the next step for a defense that improved their points allowed by 10.2 points per game. According to safeties coach Noah Joseph, that step is going from knowing the defense to understanding it.

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Hoosiers Head West Looking to Break Bowl Drought

Hoosiers Head West Looking to Break Bowl Drought

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

It has been more than 25 years since the Indiana Hoosiers have won a bowl game (they last won a bowl in 1991). While the past few weeks have been trying, the goal for IU’s upcoming trip to California, remains the same: get better through the bowl practices and knock off Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl. On the night of December 28, IU (6-6) will need to be at their best to beat the 8-4 Utes, a team that has been ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings every week and has achieved a top ten ranking earlier in the year. Head coach Kyle Whittingham is 9-1 in bowl games with the Utes and Utah is eighth in the country in sacks with 40. 

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Matchup To Watch Indiana vs. Nebraska

Matchup To Watch Indiana vs. Nebraska

Written By Alex Compton

After having Ohio State on the ropes for most of the game on Saturday, homecoming is here and it’s time to focus on Nebraska. While their opponents are just 10-18, Nebraska has looked very formidable at times, and will come to Bloomington ranked in the Top 10 in both the AP and Coaches Polls. IU and Nebraska are evenly matched across the board according to the S&P+ advanced statistics database, so some individual matchups will likely be key to determining which team comes out on top. 

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2016 National Signing Day Profile: Marcelino Ball

Marcelino Ball, 6’0”, 200 lbs., Roswell, GA, Roswell High School, 247Sports Composite – 3-star

 Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

The Indiana Hoosiers got a surprise commitment from Marcelino Ball, a hard-hitting safety from Roswell, GA. Ball chose the Hoosiers over West Virginia and several others. Ball is rated as the 104th best safety and the 142nd best player in the state of Georgia. IU has developed a pipeline into the Peach State and Ball is the second recent commit hailing from that area (Shaun Bonner is the other).

The Ball family has a rich family history in the sport of football as three of his older brothers played Division One football (Reggie Jr. played at Georgia Tech, Raeshon played at Chattanooga and Marcus played at Memphis and plays for the Carolina Panthers). Ball will be the youngest member of this class as he doesn’t even turn 17 until April. He plans on graduating in May and enrolling at IU in the summer.

Marcelino Ball’s coach at Roswell High School, John Ford, told Alex McCarthy of 247Sports that Ball is, “an incredible player, incredible person, four years from now he will be THE STEAL from the state of Georgia.” He projects as one of the run-stopping hybrid safeties in Tom Allen’s 4-2-5 defense.