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    Sorry Indy fans if I'm stealing your thunder... I know one of you guys normally starts this thread, but I wanted to be consistent :)

    Standard bearers of the GLVC. Possibly took a step forward this year by knocking off an MIAA foe.

    Indianapolis offseason


    Record 10-2
    1st place


    TEAM STATS

    Scoring offense 32 ppg (3rd)
    Scoring defense 17 ppg (1st)

    Total Offense 422 ypg (3rd)
    Rushing offense 240 ypg (1st)
    Passing offense 182 ypg (3rd)

    Total Defense 298 ypg (1st)
    Rushing defense 138 ypg (3rd)
    Passing defense 159 ypg (1st)

    INDIVIDUAL STATS

    Passing Leader
    Jake Purichia (SR) 64%, 2157 yds, 18 TDs, 3 Ints

    Rushing Leaders
    Al McKeller (SO) 1300 yds, 12 TDs
    Toriano Clinton (FR) 898 yds, 10 TDs

    Receiving Leaders
    Malik Higgins (SR) 53 rec, 798 yds, 9 TDs
    Daveon Bell (SO) 24 rec, 450 yds, 5 TDs
    Aaron Matio (SO) 24 rec, 334 yds, 2 TDs

    Tackles
    Joe Lambright (JR) 113
    Cole Sigmund (SR) 86

    TFL
    Erik Hart (SR) 11.5
    Lucas Rice (SR) 11
    Joe Lambright (JR) 9.5

    Sacks
    Lucas Rice (SR) 7
    Alec Patch (SO) 7
    Erik Hart (SR) 5.5

    Interceptions
    Robert Williams (SR)- 4
    Blake Luker (SR)- 3

    Key Personnel Losses
    Jake Purichia- OB*
    Robert Williams- DB *
    Malik Higgins- WR *
    Blake Luker- DB*
    Cole Sigmund- LB *
    Mitch Rougraff- OL*
    Skylar Lacy- OL*
    Eric Hart- DL*
    Lucas Rice- DL*
    *-All Conference Selection

    Looking Ahead

    7 offensive returners
    6 defensive returners

    95% of Rushing yard production returning
    63% of Receiving yard production returning

    Key Returners
    Al McKeller- RB*
    Joe Lambright- LB*
    Joe Sarabia- TE*
    Jacob Schmatz- DL*
    Dan McHale- OL*
    Clay Hadley- OL*
    Toriano Clinton- RB*
    Tarnjeet Singh- OL*
    Rondell Weathers- DL*
    Aaron Matio- WR*
    Alex Parsons- LB*

    *-All Conference Selection

    Early Signings

    Only thing I can find is a Verbal (soft) from and OL…. Anthony Sottosanto.
    https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4089641...b2ef0a6897f664
    He looks like a long, strong, lineman that moves extremely well and knows how to execute blocks when he gets to the 2nd level. I’d love to see game film on this kid because his Hudl highlights suggest he’s a marginal D1 talent at least. His size isn’t listed though. He looks tall in the film, but that can be deceptive depending on frame type. Either way, looks to be a good pick up for Indy.
    Kinda surprised Indy doesn’t share their early signings. Honestly, the name makes it really difficult to search anything on Twitter. As you can imagine, searching “Indianapolis Football” gets me primarily Colts stuff. Adding University, Greyhounds, Hounds, etc. only helps a little.
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    Indy didn't really do anything bad this past season, but they did 1 thing better than anything... run the football. Of course they played very good defense as well.... especially pass defense (no. 1).

    Looking ahead towards next year... the Hounds return 2 of the top RBs in the conference and 3 of 5 all conference OL. They return 95% of their rushing production from last year. The running game is going to be okay. There are some questions elsewhere however, especially considering the retirement of legendary Greyhound coach Bartolomeo. While coach Keevers is an internal hire, you never really know how the absence of a legendary presence like that will affect you players.

    At this point though, it's nitpicking with the Hounds considering their recent success. They return 11 all conference players and will be riding the momentum of finishing no. 11 in the final D2 football polls.

    In the GLVC right now..... it's the Greyhound's world and we're just living in it.
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    I did find a couple of other U Indy early commits..... not signings because I think these are HS guys.

    Joh Eineman- WR
    Long lanky receiver at 6'4", 185 lbs. Seems to have pretty reliable hands catching the ball away from the body and has deceptive speed with those long strides. Doesn't really have enough on hudl to judge leaping ability, catch in traffic, route running, etc. Will be a pretty good development
    https://www.hudl.com/profile/2437636/Jon-Eineman

    Other is Austin Helm- LB
    Decent size as a freshman at 6'1" and 200ish pounds. He attacks the ball well, reacts quickly in terms of play recognition, and finishes tackles.... granted this is all highlight film not game film. So I may be way off, lol!
    http://www.hudl.com/profile/7407604/Austin-Helm
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    U Indy lands a RB out of Cincinnati, OH.

    https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6741162...27b90f3099bb41

    Pretty good size at 6'2", 205 lbs.

    Judging highlights only....

    Pretty good vision for the hole. Hits 5th gear pretty quickly; good not great top end speed. Finishes runs with leverage and physicality.

    Good pick up for the hounds.
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    Indy picked up another Commit from DT Dylan Shelton from Frankfort Illinois.

    Highlights....

    https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5681407...7bef0a344bd226


    Looks to be more of a playmaker type DT vs. a big clogging disruptive type DT. (think Aaron Donald/Warren Sapp vs. Booger McFarland/Vince Wilfork).

    He's listed at 6'1", 230 lbs. His shorter stature vs. OL probably will be a benefit as he likes engage a little bit high to take advantage of his ability to read and react to the play and shed blocks quickly. Many times you see DT highlight films and it's apparent they're the beneficiary of timely called stunts and slants. Most of Shelton's plays seem to be a result of shedding blocks and using outstanding closing speed to chase down the ball carrier.

    I'll try not to make this comparison too much, but it's natural considering it's all I've known for the past 5 or so years, but if he were headed into the MIAA conference, I'd be concerned about him being able to endure the physicality over an 11 game stretch while playing DT. He'd be facing road graters on a week in and out basis that hoover around 300lbs. Looks like he did play some DE in HS, which is where he'd probably end up in the MIAA. Not sure about the GLVC yet though. I just haven't had enough exposure.

    According to his twitter, he also had offers from UTPB and Adams state.

    Good pick up by the hounds. Doesn't seem like the change in coaching staff is slowing them down much on the recruiting trail.
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    Shelton undersized as far as height. He'll put on the bulk in time. U Indy has gone small on the DL and OL lately. Assume they're looking to make it up with athletes like Kelley did at GV in 90s. Bart did mention this year or last that they needed a few big DTs to plug things up. Two DTs on last year's frosh class fit that need. OL has been scrambling to patch holes the last few years. DL concern has been depth with backups that drop off too far. Most privates look to be sound end to end for the first crew - building depth is what's hard. Not sure how NDC and Ouachita got it done last year. A "football first" mentality with the admin likely.

    Thanks for all the off season team reports!

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    Another commit for UIndy....

    Ricardo Rocha- LB/RB, 6'0", 200 lbs

    Elkhart, IN

    http://www.hudl.com/profile/4711211/Ricardo-Rocha

    His highlights demonstrate that this kid pretty much does everything well. Runs the ball, catches the ball, blitzes, pursuit, etc.

    I'm guessing that he'll play LB for the Hounds as that's where the majority of his highlights come from. I could be off on this, as I don't know their M.O. yet... but for brevity's sake, I'll go with giving opinion on his LB highlights.

    Again.... these are highlights, not game film. So everything is going to look great... that being said this kid looks great.


    Nothing stands out as far as eye popping athleticism or physicality, but the guy just makes the plays he needs to. My feeling watching his highlights is that this is the kind of scrappy coachable kid you want on your team because he helps you win games flat out. Every single stunt and read seemed to be executed with precision and maximizing his athletic ability. He's a HS commit, so he'll have time to add onto his more than adequate 6'0" frame so that he can match up and endure the wear and tear of college football.

    Another nice pick up for the hounds.
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    U Indy RB McKellar nabs an All American honor as well.

    Anyone here old enough to remember Natron Means? :)

    https://athletics.uindy.edu/news/201...tball-com.aspx

    Congrats Al!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsig50 View Post
    Another commit for UIndy....

    Ricardo Rocha- LB/RB, 6'0", 200 lbs

    Elkhart, IN

    http://www.hudl.com/profile/4711211/Ricardo-Rocha

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    I'm assuming they'll play him at H-Back. If so, I'd love to see them work an H-Back into the offense with some carries and catches. Thanks again for all the updates and lists of guys committing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganfb View Post
    I'm assuming they'll play him at H-Back. If so, I'd love to see them work an H-Back into the offense with some carries and catches. Thanks again for all the updates and lists of guys committing.
    Really?

    I haven't watched the Hound's offense close enough to see how they utilize their personnel. I figured with both stud RBs coming back, they'd look to utilize his talents on the defensive side.
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