Second semester class are underway, and new IU football coach Curt Cignetti continues to maneuver as he prepares his team and staff for winter workouts and spring practice.
Here’s the latest news surrounding the program.
With so many additions to the roster in recent weeks, Indiana has accumulated more than the 85 allowed scholarship players.
So something had to give, and this week we got some insights into the attrition.
The IU football program has published an updated roster for the spring of 2024. Notably absent are a few older players who haven’t entered the transfer portal but still could as graduates.
Veteran running back Josh Henderson, tight end Bradley Archer and offensive lineman Max Longman are all no longer listed on Indiana’s 2024 roster.
Henderson carried 171 times for 735 yards in two seasons at IU. Archer caught six balls for 79 yards over 11 games after transferring in from Stanford. Longman dealt with injuries during his lone season after transferring in from UMass. He played in four games with one start.
Cignetti added a couple off field staff members according to reports.
Matt Wilson will take on a top-level general manager role for IU. He was most recently in the top personnel role at North Carolina State. Wilson previously ran personnel at Indiana under former head coach Tom Allen. He was with the Hoosiers at the same time as Kalen DeBoer.
Blake Jackson is joining Cignetti’s staff in a director of football operations role after most recently serving under Butch Jones in a similar role at Arkansas State.
LUCAS TO FLORIDA STATE
All-American kickoff returner Jaylin Lucas announced his transfer destination over the weekend. He’ll play for Florida State in 2024.
Lucas is the younger brother of current Seminoles wide receiver Ja’Khi Douglas.
Lucas has 1,163 return yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at IU. He also rushed for 546 yards and four touchdowns on 116 carries, and amassed 329 receiving yards.
NEW SIGNEES SET TO ARRIVE THIS MONTH
Along with the 17 transfers announced in December, five additional transfer newcomers confirmed by IU this week include Shawn Asbury II (Stafford, Va./North Stafford/Old Dominion), Elijah Green (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity/North Carolina), Terry Jones Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Mergenthaler Voc Tech/Old Dominion), Jayden McDonald (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett/Troy) and Elijah Sarratt (Stafford, Va./St. Frances Academy/James Madison).
With the five January signees, Indiana has added 38 student-athletes for the 2024 season with 29 of those arriving on campus for the spring semester. Along with the 22 transfer student-athletes enrolling in classes, six true freshmen will enroll early and participate in spring practice: freshmen Tyler Cherry (Greenwood, Ind.), Dontrae Henderson (Charlotte, N.C.), Brody Kosin (Davisburg, Mich.), Mario Landino (Macungie, Pa.), Daniel Ndukwe (Lithonia, Ga.) and Josh Philostin (Palm Beach, Fla.).
Overall, IU signed 22 players on offense, 14 on defense and two specialists. Indiana’s defense added five defensive linemen, five defensive backs and four linebackers, while the Hoosier offense on-boarded seven offensive linemen, five running backs, five wide receivers, three quarterbacks and two tight ends. The special teams unit added one long snapper and one kicker.
The signees arrive in Bloomington from 13 different states and one from Canada. In all, 10 from Virginia signed with the Hoosiers and five more came from the state of Georgia. Four signees are from Indiana and three each arrive from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. IU then signed one each from Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. Kurtis Rourke joins the program from Oakville, Ontario, via Ohio University.
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