Players to Watch: Maryland

Every week at AllHoosiers.com on Game Day we look at a player on offense and one on defense that we think has a chance to impact that particular game. Here are the two for the Maryland game.

With every game Indiana plays this season, we’ll take a look at a few players that we think could be key contributors in the upcoming game. Here are the key players for the Maryland game.

OFFENSE

Shane Wynn

Wynn has quietly averaged six catches per game through the first three games. It’s quiet because the first game against Indiana State, with IU running the ball at Will, Wynn was only targeted a couple of times and had two catches for eight yards. His last two games have been more of what he was expected to be in this offense with 10 catches against Bowling Green and six against Missouri.

A game like Maryland could afford Wynn some responsibilities, especially if the running game sets up Nate Sudfeld to be even more effective in the play action passing game. This is where a player like Wynn could potentially be able to utilize his speed to get over the top. He is clearly hunting a big play by his standards. Wynn’s long gain of 2014 to date is 32 yards against Bowling Green. Last year he had six games where he had at least one catch of 33 yards or more.

The other place to keep an eye on Wynn will be as a kick returner. Wynn has had three kickoff returns in the first three games and has averaged 25 yards per return with a long of 31. He has one kickoff and one punt return for touchdowns in his career.

DEFENSE

Tegray Scales

A true freshman, Scales said he had hoped to contribute at some point in his first season but he wasn’t certain how quickly that would happen. The answer to that has been very quickly.

Last week against Missouri, Scales had five tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry in IU’s 31-27 upset of the Tigers. His performance earned him Big Ten co-freshman of the week honors along with Minnesota quarterback Chris Streveler.

The one thing with Scales – and the IU defense as a hole for that matter – is that he has been all over the field and has had excellent pursuit in the first three games. Overall he has 17 tackles with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Despite being just a true freshman, Scales ranks fifth on the Indiana team in total tackles and is one of four players with a sack.

Scales should have plenty of opportunities again Saturday against Maryland. The IU linebacking corps took a hit last week when Marcus Oliver was lost for the season with an ACL injury against Missouri. Oliver was a reserve but had been very active early. His loss means a player like Scales should get even more opportunities.

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