One of our weekly features in our postgame coverage is to take a look back at how Indiana’s true freshmen performed in Saturday’s game.
Head coach Kevin Wilson said before the game that there would be a lot of true freshmen in the rotation on Saturday. That proved to be true, as 11 saw the field.
J-Shun Harris earned a start in the slot in his first collegiate game. Harris had a rocky beginning, fumbling a punt return the first time he touched the ball, which led to an Indiana State field goal. He continued to return punts though, and took his next opportunity 14 yards. He also was back deep to catch a kickoff, which he took 25 yards. In the receiving game, the 5-foot 8-inch true freshman caught two passes for a total of 12 yards. He was able to display his shiftiness in a 12-yard catch when he juked out two defenders to earn a first down. Harris also had one carry on a jet sweep that went for no gain.
Simmie Cobbs caught three passes for 57 yards on five targets, team highs in all three categories. He also had the longest catch of the game with a 34-yard Latimer-esque leaping grab along the sideline. The 6-foot 4-inch wide out was the only vertical threat in the Hoosier passing game against Indiana State. Cobbs also made a touchdown saving tackle at the 16-yard line after a Nate Sudfeld interception.
Dominique Booth was the third freshman receiver to earn playing time, although he was never targeted.
Devine Redding saw some action at tailback. Redding rushed for only two yards on his two chances, but he caught a screen pass that he turned into a 14-yard gain.
Tegray Scales played a considerable amount of time at inside linebacker. Scales accounted for one tackle, coming on a flat route that Scales stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
Tony Fields got in at safety for a few possessions. He accounted for one tackle and was also involved in a pass breakup. Although Fields had an opportunity for an interception on the play, he wasn’t able to secure the ball.
Jordan Fuchs saw action at tight end, although he was never targeted for a pass.
Kiante Walton played safety and recorded one tackle.
Greg Gooch played some at inside linebacker and accounted for one tackle.
Donovan Clark played on special teams and was involved in one defensive drive at cornerback, making one tackle on the day.
Chris Covington played on special teams.