Hoosier Football: Offseason Weekly Update (February 9, 2018)

During the offseason we’ll keep you updated on a weekly basis on the news and notes that occur related to the Indiana University football program.  Here are the key notable events from the past week:

INDIANA TO SEND FIVE TO NFL COMBINE

The Hoosiers will send a program record five players from the 2017 team to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.  The combine begins on February 27th.  The IU players attending the event will be:

  • Simmie Cobbs, WR – a 2017 consensus All Big Ten pick, Cobbs is 8th on IU’s all-time receptions list.
  • Chris Covington, LB – the former QB finished third on the team and 17th in the Big Ten in tackles in 2017.
  • Rashard Fant, CB – IU’s all-time leader in passes defended and pass break-ups.
  • Tegray Scales, LB – a 2016 All American, 1st team 2017 All Big Ten, and third all-time in tackles at IU.
  • Ian Thomas, TE – 4th nationally among TE’s in yards per reception.

You can learn more about the various early predictions on their likely draft status here (Mel Kiper and USA Today).  You can also read some lesser known draft publications that do mock drafts going into the later rounds here.

HOOSIERS COMPLETE 2018 CLASS

The traditional national signing day was this past Wednesday and the Hoosiers added three more promising players to their 2018 class after signing most of the class during the early signing period in December.  You can read about the three new players here, including a major win over Florida State.

You can see IU’s complete 2018 class and where they stand in the national rankings by following the links on our football recruiting page.

TOM ALLEN GIVES PROGRAM UPDATE 

Head Coach Tom Allen met with the media on Thursday and gave an update on the 2018 class and various other updates on the program.  You can watch the full 30 minute press conference here.

NATE SUDFELD IS A SUPER BOWL CHAMPION

Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former IU star quarterback Nate Sudfeld was the third string quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles for most of the season until starter Carson Wentz went down with a season ending injury.  That injury forced Nick Foles into starting duties and Sudfeld into the backup role.  Sudfeld saw significant playing time during the last week of the regular season and had an efficient day.  You know how the story goes from there, with Foles excelling throughout the playoffs and ultimately becoming the Super Bowl MVP.

With Wentz due back next year and Foles likely on his way to a new team (and a big payday), it will be interesting to see if Sudfeld becomes the backup in Philadelphia.

INDIANA COACHES BUSY WITH JUNIOR DAY / 2019 RECRUITING OFFERS

The offseason isn’t just about securing the 2018 class.  IU coaches have been busy on the recruiting trail making offers to potential 2019 and 2020 Hoosiers.  IU hosted a Junior Day last weekend where recruits get the opportunity to spend more time with the coaches and tour the facilities.  Hoosier Huddle summarized the Junior Day and the attendees.

You can see a complete list of IU’s 2019 offers by following the link to Indiana’s 2019 class on our football recruiting page, and then toggle the menu to show the offers.

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