Roster management projects to be a major challenge across college football in the coming weeks, and already at least a fifth IU player has made a decision before the season ended. Wide receiver Jacolby Hewitt is in the transfer portal.
The 6-foot-1 and 202 pound Hewitt played in ten games for IU this season. He caught eight passes for 47 yards, and added one rush for six yards. Hewitt also returned 10 kickoffs for 226 yards for the Hoosiers.
Hewitt made his debut on the field for Indiana in 2020. He caught five balls for 68 yards for the season while playing in all eight games and he returned four kickoffs for 59 yards. Hewitt made his first career reception for 14 yards in the season-opening win over No. 8 Penn State. That catch will long be remembered as a sprawling, full-extension grab that helped the Hoosiers complete their dramatic fourth quarter rally.
After not seeing any game action and redshirting as a true freshman in 2018, Hewitt’s career at IU suffered a major setback when he tore his ACL in June of 2019.
The 22-year-old came to IU as part of the class of 2018 from Cordova, Tenn. He was a three-star prospect ranked just outside of the top-1,000 according to the 247Sports Composite. Hewitt’s other primary college suitors were from the non-Power Five ranks.
Hewitt is just the latest IU player to enter the transfer portal during the 2021 season. Previously running back Tim Baldwin, cornerback Larry Tracy, wide receiver Da’Shaun Brown and tight end Kham Taylor all put their names in the portal during the season. Running back Sampson James also left during fall camp.
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