Tegray Scales has an active debut for IU

Defensive coordinator Brian Knorr told Tegray Scales before the opener with Indiana State that he wanted him to make sure the fans knew who No. 8 was when the game was over. He didn't fill up the stats sheet but many believed he still accomplished that goal.

First year defensive coordinator Brian Knorr had some simple advice for Indiana true freshman linebacker Tegray Scales prior to his first college game last Saturday at home against Indiana State.

”I just told him before the game to make sure they know who No. 8 is after the game,’’ Knorr said. “And I believe everybody did.’’

Scales was one of 11 Indiana true freshmen to make his collegiate debut against the Sycamores.

And the reviews on the 6-foot, 208-pound linebacker from Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain Hih School were impressive. Even though he was only credited with one tackle, Scales was consistently around the ball and it appeared as if No. 8 was always in the picture.

“He’s a dynamic player,’’ Knorr said. “He’s a guy that can make some great plays. A couple of times he came out of coverage when he shouldn’t but those are mistakes freshmen are going to make. Right now we’re just trying to get Tegray as many snaps as we can.’’

He was in on 23 plays in the opener against Indiana State. He said that was more than he expected coming in. He said he thought he would play, he was just surprised it was that much. Overall, he gave himself good marks for the opener.

“I thought I did pretty good,’’ he said. “From a mental standpoint I made a couple of errors out there. But I was just trying to play fast to make up for some of those errors.’’

Scales agreed with his coach that when the game was over Saturday he felt he had made a good first impression.

“I thought so just from the simple fact that I was out there flying around and what not,’’ Scales said. “But from a mental standpoint I still have some stuff to work on. But I’m pretty sure they’ll remember me.’’

They certainly remember his accomplishments in high school for coach Tom Bolden. Scales was the Associated Press Division I co-defensive player of the year as a senior and the Southwest District player of the year. He had 102 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a senior.

Scales feels as if he is getting more and more comfortable not only on the field but off of it in his first few months of college. He said it really hasn’t been too big of a adjustment period.

“I came up here as soon as high school was over with so I went right back into school when I got here,’’ Scales said. “So that made for an easy transition. From a physical standpoint I’ve been trying to gain weight and just working out with the strength coaches has made a big difference.

“On the field, the linemen are just a lot bigger but that’s something I’m just going to have to adjust to,’’ Scales said.

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