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A few more IU football departures via the portal over the last couple weeks

The transfer portal continues to be a two-way street for Indiana.

While there has been plenty of positive news lately, the Hoosiers have seen multiple key players from the 2022 squad announce their intent to leave IU over the last few weeks.

This might be the end of the portal departure announcements, at least for now.  The current window to enter the portal ends on Jan. 19.  There is a second window following spring practice.  Note that a player who enters the portal during the established windows can choose his next destination outside of the window.

Here are the latest departures from the IU program.

Sio Nofoagatoto’a – DL:  Nofoagatoto’a has been a key part of the defense in the trenches for each of the last four seasons.  He was a starter in 2022 and played in 41 games at defensive tackle and had 52 tackles including four for a loss and a pass defensed for his career.  He has one year of eligibility left to use.

Emery Simmons – WR:  This one was somewhat surprising, as Simmons played a lot in 2022.  The North Carolina transfer played in 11 games and was productive at times.  He had 37 catches for 408 yards and a touchdown.  Simmons added two rushes for 54 yards.  He had six-catch games against Nebraska and Maryland, and a seven-catch game vs. Michigan.

Brylan Lanier – CB:  Lanier came to IU from Alabama last year.  He was a walk-on with the Crimson Tide but flashed potential at IU on scholarship.  He played in 11 games as a back-up cornerback.  He had 11 tackles including one sack.

Deland McCullough II – DB:  McCullough announced his retirement before the 2022 season for medical reasons.  He’s apparently had a change of heart.  He appeared in 10 games during the 2021 season for the Hoosiers as a junior.  His brothers Dasan and Daeh, former IU player and recruit, respectively, will both play for Oklahoma next season.

Luke Wiginton – OL:  The Fort Wayne, Ind. product never saw the field in three seasons at IU.

As was the case with safety Josh Sanguinetti, players who enter the portal can decide to remain with their current team.

For the complete list of all of the IU football comings and goings via the portal, GO HERE:

IU football: 2022 postseason transfer portal tracker and other roster activity


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