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IU Football: Eleven Hoosiers Receive All-Big Ten Recognition

Recognition for a memorable 2019 season has arrived for eleven members of the IU football team.

Three Hoosiers received second team All-Big Ten honors, two more made the third team, and six received honorable mention.

Here are the eleven IU players that received All-Big Ten recognition:

  • Second team:  Whop Philyor (WR), Stevie Scott (RB), Logan Justus (K)
  • Third team:  Simon Stepaniak (OL), Peyton Hendershot (TE)
  • Honorable mention:  Peyton Ramsey (QB), Caleb Jones (OL), Micah McFadden (LB), Tiawan Mullen (CB), Demarcus Elliott, Haydon Whitehead (P)

Fifth-year senior wide receiver Nick Westbrook was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree on Tuesday.

Below is the full release from IU Athletics on the Hoosiers that were recognized.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior wide receiver Whop Philyor (coaches) and sophomore running back Stevie Scott III (coaches, media) collected second-team All-Big Ten laurels, while fifth-year senior offensive right guard Simon Stepaniak (media) and redshirt sophomore tight end Peyton Hendershot (media) were named third-team honorees, the conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Redshirt junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey (media) and redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Caleb Jones (coaches) received honorable-mention recognition.

In total, 11 Hoosiers secured all-league accolades, as fifth-year senior kicker Logan Justus (2nd team – coaches, media), fifth-year senior punter Haydon Whitehead (honorable mention – coaches), sophomore defensive tackle Demarcus Elliott (honorable mention – media), sophomore linebacker Micah McFadden (honorable mention – coaches) and true freshman cornerback Tiawan Mullen (honorable mention – coaches, media) were honored on Tuesday afternoon.

Fifth-year senior wide receiver Nick Westbrook was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree on Tuesday.

Philyor, who also netted third-team honors from the media, is second in the Big Ten with 6.3 receptions per game (T-22nd nationally) and third with 91.0 yards per game (T-21st). He sits third in the conference with 69 catches (T-31st) and fourth with 1,001 yards (T-24th) to go along with five touchdowns.

The Tampa native became the seventh Hoosier with 1,000 receiving yards and his 1,001 yards are seventh on the single-season list. Philyor ranks sixth on the program’s single-season receptions chart and his four 100-yard games share sixth.

One of 10 FBS players to record three double-digit reception games in 2019, his 489 yards after the catch top the Big Ten (21st nationally), according to PFF College.

Scott owns 845 yards (5th in the Big Ten) on 178 carries (5th) with 10 rushing touchdowns (T-4th) and a 4.7 average. He is also fourth in the conference with a 76.8 average per game.

The Syracuse, N.Y., product has reached the century mark three times this year, and his nine 100-yard games are tied for the 10th-most in program history.

Scott is second among all B1G backs with 26 catches and third with 211 yards. His 96.0 all-purpose yards per game rank second on the Hoosiers and 10th in the league, while his 11 total scores lead the team and are tied for third in the Big Ten.

A team captain, Stepaniak anchors an offensive line that has allowed just 1.92 sacks per game despite using five combinations and three different left tackles. Indiana ranks second in the league in total offense (34th nationally, 443.6), passing offense (13th, 308.7) and time of possession (5th, 34:05), and sixth in scoring offense (32.6).

With their bowl game remaining, the Hoosiers tied a program record with nine 30-point games at Purdue last weekend.

Stepaniak started 11 times at right guard and has started 23 of the last 24 games. He accepted an invitation to the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl.

Hendershot owns 46 receptions (2nd on the team) for 555 yards (2nd) and four touchdowns (3rd) in 12 starts this year. He is second in catches and yardage, and tied for third in TDs on Indiana’s single-season list for tight ends.

The North Salem, Ind., native is second among all conference tight ends in receptions and yardage, and tied for third in scores. Among tight ends nationally, he is ninth in catches, 13th in yardage and shares 26h in touchdowns.

Hendershot has set or matched career-highs in receptions or yardage six times, has led the team in catches on six occasions and has led the team in yardage three times.

Ramsey has started six times and appeared in 10 games. He is 184-of-266 (69.2 percent – 9th nationally, 2nd in the Big Ten) for 2,227 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He owns a 152.62 pass-efficiency rating (22nd, 4th).

The Cincinnati native has surpassed 300 yards three times. Ramsey also has 198 rushing yards with six scores, including the game winning, 1-yarder in the Old Oaken Bucket victory at Purdue.

Jones is one of two linemen (Harry Crider) to start all 12 games this season. Along with Stepaniak, he helped pave the way for one of the conference’s top offensive attacks.

The 6-8, 358-pounder started the first 11 games at right tackle before moving over to left tackle in place of true freshman Matthew Bedford against the Boilermakers.

Justus, who claimed second-team accolades for the second-straight season, continues the Hoosiers run of all-conference kickers, as Griffin Oakes earned Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year and first-team accolades in 2015 and 2017, and Mitch Ewald collected second-team laurels in 2013.

A two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist, Justus is 14-of-17 on field goals (82.4 percent) and 44-of-45 on extra points (97.8 percent) in 2019. His 44 PATs are fifth on the program’s single-season list.

The McCordsville, Ind., native opened the year with 14-straight makes, which ranks second in program history (Austin Starr – 15 in 2007). Justus is second in the B1G in field goal percentage, third in field goals made and seventh in scoring (7.2).

IU’s all-time field goal percentage leader is 29-of-35 in his career (82.9) and 76-of-78 on extra tries (97.4). Justus is 15th among FBS kickers in field goal percentage and 22nd in field goals made per game (1.21). His 76 extra points are eighth and his 29 three-pointers are ninth on the school’s career charts.

A 2017 honorable-mention recipient, Whitehead is averaging a career-high 42.1 yards (5th in the Big Ten) on 47 punts with 20 inside the 20-yard line (42.6 percent), 15 inside the 10 (31.9) and four inside the 5 (8.5), to go along with a career-best nine 50-plus yarders, including a career-long 65-yarder.

Only five of Whitehead’s 47 punts have resulted in a touchback (10.6), 19 have resulted in a fair catch (40.4) and just six have been returned (12.8).

Elliott owns 32 tackles, 26 solo, five for loss, with three sacks and one forced fumble in 12 games (11 starts). He has led the team in stops on three occasions and has six games with at least four.

McFadden has played in all 12 games, (11 starts) and tops the team with 56 tackles, 39 solos and nine for loss, in addition to 1.5 sacks, one interception, four quarterback hurries (3rd on the team) and one pass breakup.

Mullen shares the top spot in the league (T-15th nationally) with 12 passes broken up. He is tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (T-3rd Big Ten, T-25th nationally), and he has 25 tackles, 22 solo and 3.5 for loss.

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