Did you see the current news that reigning Shaun Wade, the Significant Ten’s reigning Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back again of the 12 months* and a fifth-spherical draft pick, was now traded by the Baltimore Ravens just before having at any time played a snap in the league?
*This award is not, and has never ever been, acknowledged in this residence, as of December 2020.
Even so, the award’s spiritual receiver, Indiana’s Tiawan Mullen, is again in Bloomington following becoming the 1st Hoosiers cornerback to generate to start with-workforce All-America honors. He’ll headline an Indiana cornerback room that, alongside with linebacker, quarterback and vast receiver, is a position team that has practical experience and All-America-caliber expertise.
Here’s what IU’s depth chart at cornerback appeared like when the Hoosiers released their to start with two-deep of the period:
23 Jaylin Williams, 6-, 182, Sr.
2 Reese Taylor, 5-11, 185, Sr.
3 Tiawan Mullen, 5-10, 180, Jr.
7 Christopher Keys, 6-, 185, Fr.
Indiana cornerbacks Mullen, Jaylin Williams and Reese Taylor ranked fourth, sixth and seventh on the team in tackles past period, respectively, which, in a vacuum, might not be a fantastic signal simply because it implies opposing offenses made it that far into the defensive backfield. But offered how intense IU’s defense was beneath former defensive coordinator Kane Wommack, who loved dialing up a very good corner blitz, these tackling numbers are arguably as substantially of a indication of the Hoosiers getting proactive, as they are the team’s defense becoming reactive.
Tiawan Mullen: 37 total tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 3 INT, 4 PD
Jaylin Williams: 30 total tackles, 2. TFL, 1. sack, 4 INT, 1 PD
Reese Taylor: 24 whole tackles, 4. TFL, 1. sack, 1 INT, 7 PD
This trio blended for 5.5 sacks in eight game titles. (Once all over again, they are cornerbacks!)
They picked off a blended eight passes, or around 50 % of the team’s 17 interceptions, which ranked second nationally. Indiana’s interceptions-for each-sport typical of 2.13 per match, which, holy shit, that is an exhilarating selection to publish, rated very first nationally by nearly 50 % an interception for every video game. (Ohio ranked second at 1.67 for each activity).
Based on the legislation of averages, the Hoosiers are probably due for a (at minimum a relative) action back again in terms of their turnover margin, specially in regards to the number of interceptions forced, and we’ll have to see how sustainable IU’s frequent corner blitzing is, especially with a front 4 that has to exchange the generation of initially-group All-Major 10 defensive deal with Jerome Johnson (18 whole tackles, 4.5 TFL, 4. sacks).
But the Hoosiers have an All-American corner on 1 facet of the discipline and a pair of seniors who will share time lining up on the reverse hash mark, so even if IU’s per-game sack and interception figures at the position take a bit of a calendar year-about-calendar year nose dive in 2021, it could possibly just be for the reason that of the purely natural order of the universe and not for a lack of talent or encounter.