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IU football: Cornerback Larry Tracy III in the transfer portal

Indiana found a new way to lose depth in the cornerback room — the transfer portal.

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Larry Tracy III is the latest midseason loss for the Hoosiers.  Tracy played sparingly during his three years, and that may have ultimately led to his decision to leave midseason.

IU has been very thin at the corner position, with their top three — Tiawan Mullen, Reese Taylor and Jaylin Williams — all missing time recently, and top back-up Chris Keys out for the season with a knee injury.

Mullen and Taylor were both unavailable vs. Michigan State, and that led to the elevation of Noah Pierre to the starting lineup.  Pierre played very well on Saturday against the Spartans, registering nine tackles including eight solo and an interception.

Tracy participated in all six games this season primarily on special teams, and he registered a tackle in the win over Idaho.

In 2020 he appeared in eight games at cornerback and on special teams.  As a true freshman in 2019 Tracy redshirted and played in the Eastern Illinois win.  He enrolled in spring classes and participated in 2019 spring practice.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Tracy was a 3-star recruit, the No. 878 overall player nationally and the No. 78 cornerback in the class of 2019.  He attended Decatur Central High School and was a three-time all-state selection.

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