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IU Football: A Position-by-Position Look at Who is Returning in 2020

With a successful 2019 season in the books, it is time to look forward.  Below is a position-by-position review of who is coming and going with the Indiana football program for the 2020 season.  We will leave this under our football drop-down menu and update it as any changes occur.

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(Eligibility status shown below in parenthetical is for 2020 season)

QUARTERBACKS:  As it stands, we are going to do the quarterback competition all over again in 2020, but in today’s climate a transfer is certainly not out of the question..  The roles have flipped from this time last year, and Michael Penix, Jr. is the returning starter with Peyton Ramsey the challenger.  Jack Tuttle might be the most capable third string quarterback in the Big Ten.

Leaving:  None.

Key Returning:  Peyton Ramsey (redshirt senior), Michael Penix (redshirt sophomore), and Jack Tuttle (redshirt sophomore) all return.

Noteworthy Freshman:  Dexter Williams will join the program as a three-star recruit from Georgia.  Barring major developments, Williams should redshirt in 2020.

RUNNING BACKS:  Should be a position of strength in 2020 with the top four contributors slated to return along with a talented freshman coming in.  Stevie Scott should be the clear starter, but with a year under his belt Sampson James will look to take on a more prominent role.

Leaving:  None.  Cole Gest was a midseason transfer.

Key Returning:  Stevie Scott (junior), Sampson James (sophomore), Ronnie Walker (junior) and Ahrod Lloyd (redshirt junior) are all back as it stands right now.

Noteworthy Freshman:  Tim Baldwin is Indiana’s second highest rated recruit in the class of 2020.

WIDE RECEIVERS:  IU will have big losses in Nick Westbrook and Donavan Hale.  Nevertheless, headlined by the return of Whop Philyor, the Hoosiers have a lot of returning young talent that should continue to make wide receiver a position of strength in 2020.

Leaving:  Nick Westbrook (Eligibility), Donavan Hale (Eligiblity)

Key Returning:  Whop Philyor (senior), Ty Fryfogle (senior), Miles Marshall (redshirt sophomore), Jacolby Hewitt (redshirt sophomore), David Ellis (sophomore), Da’Shaun Brown (redshirt freshman), Jordan Jakes (redshirt freshman)

Noteworthy Freshman:  Rashawn Williams should be an immediate impact true freshman.  He is IU’s highest rated recruit in the 2020 class.

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TIGHT ENDS:  Peyton Hendershot broke the IU single season receiving yards record for a tight end in 2019 and will look to continue to make strides under a new offensive coordinator.  As a position group Indiana will be as deep and talented at tight end as they have been in a few years.

Leaving:  None.

Key returning:  Peyton Hendershot (redshirt junior), Matt Bjorson (junior), T.J. Ivy (redshirt sophomore), Gary Cooper (redshirt freshman)

OFFENSIVE LINE:  It is a mixed bag up front as the Hoosiers suffer critical losses on the interior, return anchors on the edge, gain a key graduate transfer, and enter the offseason with one major question mark.

Leaving:  Simon Stepaniak (Eligibility), Hunter Littlejohn (Eligibility), Davondre Love (Eligibility)

Key returning:  Harry Crider (G, senior), Caleb Jones (T, redshirt junior), Matthew Bedford (T, sophomore), Mackenzie Nworah (G, redshirt senior), Britt Beery (redshirt junior), Charlie O’Connor (redshirt sophomore), Aidan Rafferty (redshirt sophomore), Nick Marozas (redshirt sophomore), Mike Katic (redshirt freshman), Tim Weaver (redshirt freshman)

Graduate Transfer:  Dylan Powell comes to Indiana from Stanford.  He missed the 2019 season with an injury but started some in 2018 for the Cardinal.

Uncertain:  Four year starting tackle Coy Cronk is eligible to return for a fifth season after suffering a season ending injury in week four, but he has entered his name in the transfer portal.

DEFENSIVE LINE:  The Hoosiers lose some key veterans in the trenches but have a deep and experienced core ready to go.  This is a unit that could emerge in 2020 after being a question mark in 2019.

Leaving:  Gavin Everett (Eligibility), Allen Stallings (Eligibility)

Key Returning:  Jerome Johnson (redshirt senior), Michael Ziemba (senior), Demarcus Elliott (junior), James Head (junior), Alfred Bryant (redshirt junior), Tramar Reece (redshirt junior), Jonathan King (redshirt sophomore), Madison Norris (redshirt sophomore), Gavin McCabe (redshirt sophomore), Sio Nofoagatoto’a (sophomore), Shamar Jones, (redshirt sophomore), Beau Robbins (redshirt freshman), C.J. Person (redshirt freshman), Jeramy Passmore (redshirt freshman), Antoine Whitner (redshirt freshman)

Noteworthy freshman:  Damarjhe Lewis is a highly regarded recruit out of Georgia.

LINEBACKERS:  The Hoosiers lose a veteran team leader but have a lot returning talent and speed in 2020.

Leaving:  Reakwon Jones (Eligibility)

Key Returning:  Micah McFadden (junior), Cam Jones (junior), Thomas Allen (redshirt junior), James Miller (redshirt sophomore), D.K. Bonhomme (sophomore), Aaron Casey (redshirt sophomore), Cam Williams (redshirt freshman)

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HUSKY: Indiana should be solid once again at its hybrid linebacker/safety position.

Leaving:  None

Key Returning:  Marcelino Ball (redshirt senior), Jamar Johnson (junior)

CORNERBACKS:  The Hoosiers need to build depth at the position, but the returning group is experienced and talented and should make developmental strides going into the 2020 season.

Leaving:  Andre Brown, Jr. (Eligibility), A’Shon Riggins (mid-season / Eligibility)

Key Returning:  Raheem Layne (senior), Reese Taylor (junior), Tiawan Mullen (sophomore), Jaylin Williams (junior) Larry Tracy III (redshirt freshman)

SAFETY:  Khalil Bryant stepped up in a big way during his senior year, but the Hoosiers return a trio of talented and experienced safeties.

Leaving:  Khalil Bryant (Eligibility)

Key Returning:  Devon Matthews (junior), Bryant Fitzgerald (redshirt junior), Juwan Burgess (redshirt junior), Jordan Jusevitch (redshirt sophomore), Noah Pierre (redshirt sophomore), Josh Sanguinetti (redshirt freshman)


Leaving:  Logan Justus (K/Eligibility)

Key Returning:  Charles Campbell (redshirt sophomore/placekicker), Nathanael Snyder/Jared Smolar (redshirt seniors/kickoffs), Haydon Whitehead (sixth year/P,H), Sean Wracher (sophomore, LS), David Ellis (KR), Reese Taylor / Whop Philyor (PR)


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