Indiana football fans know by now that sustained success can be a challenge. So it should come as no surprise that only one day after the Hoosiers had a solid day on the recruiting front they were dealt some bad news. Today it comes in the form of losing two of their more prominent wide receivers.
SIMMIE COBBS TO THE NFL
Simmie Cobbs has decided to pass on his final year of eligibility at IU and has declared for the NFL draft. Cobbs went public with the decision via Twitter on Thursday:
During 2015 Cobbs caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. He missed all of the 2016 season after he broke his ankle on his first play of the season. For 2017 Cobbs finished with 841 yards and 8 touchdowns. For his career at Indiana Cobbs compiled 1,990 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
The 6-4, 220 pounds receiver is generally expected to be selected somewhere in the first 3 rounds of the NFL draft this spring.
Indiana head coach Tom Allen released a statement on Cobbs:
“We would like to thank Simmie Cobbs for all that he has given to the Indiana Hoosiers over the last four years. He had a tremendous career here at IU and we wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his career in the National Football League.”
TAYSIR MACK TRANSFERRING TO PITT
In a surprising development, the University of Pittsburgh announced that Taysir Mack will transfer to their program from Indiana. Mack had 23 receptions, 310 yards and three touchdowns for IU in 2017. He was expected to have a key role in 2018, especially in light of Cobbs’ decision.
As it stands right now the key returning wide receivers for 2018 will be Nick Westbrook, Whop Philyor, Luke Timian, J-Shun Harris (if he returns), and Donovan Hale.
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