2017 Indiana Football Preview: Strengths and Weaknesses

Indiana Football 2017 Match Preview Prediction and Players: The 2017-18 Indiana Football season is roughly two months away, and this Hoosier squad has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory. Plenty of returning talent and a favorable schedule could bring a level of success to Bloomington that has only been seen once or twice in the program’s history. With that said, let’s take a look at some possible strengths and weaknesses as we come ever closer to the season opener against Ohio State.

Just as it was last year, expect the defense to keep the Hoosiers in plenty of games this fall. A strong secondary with Rashard Fant, A’Shon Riggins, Jonathan Crawford, and Marcelino Ball all returning should cause quarterbacks problems all year. The linebacking corps, led by the best linebacker in the Big 10, Tegray Scales, should also be solid, even with the departure of Marcus Oliver. Hopefully, Scales will finally receive recognition for his excellent play, but I’m not sure about his chances unless he can manage to rush for 74 yards against Rutger. The defensive line is probably the biggest question mark as they enter the season after the graduation of Ralph Green III, but Robert McCray, Jacob Robinson, and Greg Gooch will bring a ton of experience and should be able to hold steady.

Indiana Football 2017 Match Preview and Prediction

Indiana Football 2017

Quarterback Richard Lagow will have plenty of help this season, even after the loss of Mitchell Paige and Ricky Jones. Simmie Cobbs returns after suffering a season-ending injury last season against Ball State and should be the number one target among the receiving corps. Nick Westbrook returns after a solid sophomore campaign, and his combination of size and speed should make him a dangerous deep threat. Luke Timian and Donavan Hale will provide some depth as third options and J-Shun Harris is somewhat of a wild card as he tries to return from his second ACL tear in as many seasons. Harris showed flashes during his 2014 freshman campaign but hasn’t been able to see the field during the last two seasons. If he stays healthy for a whole season, he could add some depth and become a solid option when he does see the field.

Indiana Football 2017, Even without two-time All-American Dan Feeney, the offensive line should still be a pretty strong unit for the 2017 season. Coy Cronk returns after a freshman season in which he started every game and was named a freshman All-American. Joining Cronk will be tackle Brandon Knight, guards Wes Martin and Simon Stepaniak, and center Hunter Littlejohn. I’m not sure if the line will have a standout performer like Dan Feeney was for the last two years, but that’s not really necessary for a successful offensive line. The most important thing is that these five, along with their backups, work as one cohesive unit and I trust them to do exactly that. Every player on the line has been with the team for at least one full season, and that familiarity with one another should be a key factor in their success this season.

Indiana Football 2017 Match Schedule

It’s really difficult for me to label the running backs as a “weakness” but the truth is, none of them have a full season under their belts and have only shown flashes of ability in games. Tom Allen is hoping that Camion Patrick will be able to be 100% healthy for a full season and become a solid contributor at running back, but it remains to be seen how close he’ll be when it comes time for fall camp. Besides Patrick, Mike Majette, Ricky Brookins, Alex Rodriguez, and Cole Gest could all get their shot at the starting job. Majette, Brookins, and Rodriguez all showed potential last season in relief of Devine Redding, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens now that they’ll be getting a greater amount of carries. However inexperienced the running backs may be, running behind an offensive line that has cranked out three straight 1000 yard rushers is certainly an advantage, and we could still see solid production from the running backs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *