Scouting the Big 10: Indiana

After the unceremonious firing of Bill Mallory almost five years ago the Hoosiers now find themselves starting from scratch with Gerry DiNardo. They must replace two of their best offensive players, Antwaan Randle-El who graduated and Jerami Johnson, who left the program or was dismissed, whomever you want to believe.

Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana has a pair of offensive tackles that could get late round consideration. Weak-side protector Enoch Demar is an athletic, quick and fundamentally a sound lineman. Effective with his hands, he blocks with leverage and works hard to finish off opponents. Demar is adequate but by no means dominant blocking for either the pass or run. He has some size potential and may eventually be pushed inside to guard. Line-mate AC Myler is bigger, stronger and much more of a force blocking for the run but is a limited athlete, restricted to confined quarters, which will push him into the very late rounds. For the purposes of pre-season scouting we've included Jerami Johnson with the Hooisers, though at posting it looks as though he's on his way to Western Kentucky. First catching our eye during his sophomore campaign, Johnson is a prospect that has first round physical skills but a free agent approach to the game. He is big, (at times too big) powerful but also very athletic and nimble for a 270-pound ball carrier/blocker. In the past he's displayed the ability to open the middle of the field as a lead fullback, get outside around tackle to create space in front of his running back while also handling the duties as a sometimes feature runner. Johnson's hands out of the backfield are also better than average but he has a tendency to get overweight, take downs off and is not nearly as dominant or as consistent as he should be. All things considered one would be justified to label him as an underachiever to this point. As to why he was dismissed then left the IU program? Well the stories vary. Bottom line for Johnson; unless he quickly alters his ways he could be left out of the seven rounds in next April's draft.

Strong safety Joe Gonzalez is a hard-hitting run defender that likes to throw his body around the field but is not good enough against the pass to warrant anything more than free agent consideration.




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