Indiana has returning starters at just about every position in 2014.
When Kevin Wilson was introduced to the media at Big Ten Football Media Day on Monday, the Big Ten representative said that IU had 10 starters back on offense and 10 starters back on defense.
The one area, however, where the Hoosiers have big holes to fill are at placekicker where Mitch Ewald has graduated.
Ewald left IU as the all-time leader in field goals (53), extra points career (161) and extra points season (56), and is second all-time in points scored with 320. The only player ahead of him in total points in IU history is Anthony Thompson.
I asked Kevin Wilson Monday who he thought would be the logical choice to take Ewald’s place as the IU kicker.
Wilson said the first player who will get a chance at the job is Aaron Del Grosso, a redshirt freshman from Hobart,Ind.
”I think his leg is better and I think he’s dependable and consistent,’’ Wilson said. “He’s a young guy and because of that hasn’t had a lot of opportunities. You try to make it a game situation in practice but it really isn’t. He’s got a big leg.’’
Wilson also said another candidate will be Griffin Oakes, a redshirt freshman from Greenwood, Ind. He mentioned another player who kicked in IU’s camp from Noblesville named Ben Rice.
Wilson said there are eight or nine guys who are interested in doing it.
Wilson said the key is seeing how Del Grosso does with pressure on.
“He’s got the talent, he’s got a big leg, he’ll kick it deep and he’s got length,’’ Wilson said. “Now we just need to see how he does when it gets turned up a notch.
“Whoever it turns out to be will find that Mitch Ewald will be a tough player to replace.’’
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