Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Indiana Receivers Set To Step Up In Big Way

So here we are, five days away from a bunch of crucial Big Ten football meetings, nine days from Indiana’s training camp opener and here are two things we know:

1) Big Ten officials will make some crucial decisions regarding the future of the conference in terms of divisions, having a football conference title game and the location of that game.

2) IU might just be bringing together the best group of receivers in the Big Ten.

Yes, not all the experts agree with that. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State are all projected to have better receivers

Still, look at what IU has.

It starts with junior Tandon Doss (photo courtesy of IU athletics), an All-Big Ten choice last year after catching 77 passes for 962 yards and five touchdowns. Then there’s junior Damalo Belcher, who totaled 61 catches for 770 yards and five downs. Look out for senior Terrance Turner, who had 46 catches for 443 yards and a touchdown.

Also in the picture is Dre Muhammad, a transfer from Purdue.

Don’t forget super talented redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson out of Columbus, Ind. He has as much potential as any receiver on the roster. He showed that last year on the scout team and in spring practice. Now he’ll have to prove it during games. If he does, well, there’s a reason why IU coaches decided to move receivers Mitchell Evans and Matt Ernest to defense, and it wasn’t because they were bad receivers.

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what receivers coach Billy Lynch has to say.

“We have a chance to be a very good group, a very productive group,” he says. “The biggest thing is we have three guys with a lot of experience in Tandon, Damarlo and Terrance.

“Beyond that, with Mitchell and Matt moving to defense, some guys have to step up and prove they’re ready to play and that they can play. We’re very confident they will be able to do that.

“They’ve all heard how good a group of receivers this is. My point to them is we have the talent, we have to step up.”

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