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2016 Position Primer: IU Offensive Line takes a closer a look at the Indiana O-line, which should be one of the stronger units for the Hoosiers this fall.

In this preview examines the offensive line for the Hoosiers. This is a position group that is loaded with talent and experience, and it is a group that is led by one of the best players in the country in Dan Feeney.

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CLASS: Redshirt Senior

STATS: In 2015 Feeney started all 13 games at right guard, and in his career he has started 37 games for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Feeney was named to several All-American teams following the 2015 season. There was some question as to whether or not he would come back for his fifth year or go to the NFL, but in the end he decided to return to IU. The return of the Illinois native was huge for the Hoosiers because it gives them one of the best lineman in the nation to build their O-line around. At the end of the 2016 season Feeney should again find himself voted onto several All-American teams.

CLASS: Redshirt Senior

STATS: In 2015 Camiel started all 13 games at right tackle, and in his career he has played in 37 games and started 18 for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Camiel is the definition of a developmental lineman. He came in as a freshman and redshirted, and then he played in 12 games the next year with no starts. In his redshirt sophomore he played in all 12 games once again and got five starts, and then last year he was a mainstay at right tackle as he started all 13 games there. The Texas native has gone from a raw player to someone that has a very good shot of hearing his name called in next year’s NFL Draft. Camiel teams with Feeney to give IU one of the best right side tandems on the O-line in the Big Ten.

CLASS: Redshirt Senior

STATS: In 2015 Bailey started the final seven games at left guard, and in his career he has played in 19 games and started 12 for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Bailey began the 2015 season as the back-up at left guard, but about halfway through the season he was inserted into the starting line-up and he stayed there for the rest of the year. He gives the Hoosiers a versatile lineman that can play either guard spot as well as center, and he could probably play tackle in a pinch if he was asked to.

CLASS: Redshirt Senior

STATS: In 2015 Rogers played in five games, and in his career he has played in 16 games and started four at Indiana.

NOTES: Rogers has been a top reserve at center for most of his career, but now in his fifth year with the Hoosiers the job appears to be his. The Indianapolis native gives the IU offense a veteran guy at a very important spot on the O-line, and that is big with a new QB taking over this fall. Rogers is like Bailey in that he could also play both guard spots if he the coaching staff needed him to.

CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore

STATS: In 2015 and for his career Martin has played in 13 games and started six for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Martin won the starting left guard spot as a redshirt freshman last fall, but after six games the coaches went with the more experienced Jacob Bailey and used Martin in a reserve role. Martin gives the Hoosiers a powerful lineman as he is one of the strongest players on the team.

CLASS: Sophomore

STATS: In 2015 and for his career Knight has played in 11 games at tackle and tight end for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Knight was one of the top recruits for IU in the 2015 recruiting class, but with Jason Spriggs at left tackle playing time was going to be hard to come by so the staff used him at tight end and he played very well. The Indiana native is penciled in as the starting left tackle and he could end up being a three-year starter at that spot.

CLASS: Sophomore

STATS: In 2015 and for his career Baker has played in one game for the Hoosiers.

NOTES: Baker was a top rated recruit in the 2014 class for the Hoosiers but he needed to get bigger and stronger and so he redshirted that first season at IU. He came in as a tackle but was moved to guard last year, and this year he appears to be back at tackle. The Florida native gives the staff another versatile lineman that can play multiple spots on the line.

CLASS: Redshirt Freshman

STATS: In 2015 Stepaniak spent the season as a redshirt.

NOTES: Stepaniak was well on his way to possibly being in the mix on the O-line last fall when he got a little banged up in Fall Camp and ended up redshirting. He came to IU as an interior line prospect and he seems to be the top back-up at center, but he could also slide out to either guard spot if they needed him to.

CLASS: Redshirt Freshman

STATS: In 2015 Littlejohn spent the season as a redshirt.

NOTES: Littlejohn also redshirted last fall and that enabled him to get bigger and stronger. He was recruited as an interior line prospect with center being his most likely position, but like Stepaniak he also has the versatility to play either guard spot if that is what the Hoosiers need him to do.

CLASS: Redshirt Freshman

STATS: In 2015 Love spent the season as a redshirt.

NOTES: Love is a similar player to Dimitric Camiel in that he came in as offensive line prospect with tremendous size, but also one that needs some time to develop his skills and his technique. He redshirted last year and could see time at either right tackle or at guard.


CLASS: Freshman

NOTES: Cronk has made a very strong impression on the Indiana coaching staff in Fall Camp as he has worked his way into the two-deep at left tackle and will be see time there this fall. The IU coaches are very high on Cronk and they believe he has a chance to be a very special player for the Hoosiers.

CLASS: Freshman

NOTES: Nworah is big, powerful player that projects as an interior O-lineman for the Hoosiers. The biggest issue for the Texas native is probably his conditioning. He is not quite ready to contribute right now, and will probably redshirt this year, but down the road he has a chance to be an outstanding player for the Indiana offense.

CLASS: Freshman

NOTES: Stover brings size and athleticism to the tackle position for the IU offensive line, but he is also more of a developmental player. Once he gets his skills and technique refined he should be in the mix to compete for a starting job at either tackle spot.


The Hoosiers had one of the best offensive lines in 2015, and even with the loss of Jason Spriggs at left tackle and Jake Reed at center that should once again be the case this fall. There is a great deal of experience with four fifth year centers who could all end up starting at the same time. The group is obviously led by All-American Dan Feeney, but Dimitric Camiel is a very good player that is a legitimate NFL prospect. Fellow fifth year seniors Jacob Bailey and Wes Rogers have game experience and they know exactly what head coach Kevin Wilson and offensive line coach Greg Frey expect from their linemen. Behind then you have some talented younger players like Brandon Knight, Delroy Baker, Simon Stepaniak, Hunter Little John, and DaVondre Love who have been in the program for a year and are ready to take on bigger roles, especially someone like Knight who is the projected starting left tackle. Add in a very good group of true freshmen in Coy Cronk, Mackenzie Nworah and Grayson Stover and you have one of the deepest and most talented position groups on the IU roster. Top Stories