Yep, with the season so far away, and so little access to our beloved teams between now and then, it’s easy to overreact to what we see in the spring. So let’s take the easy way out while looking around the Big Ten. Illinois: We’re about to be Tight End U
2021 Big Ten spring football overreactions: Ohio State has its next star QB; Penn State finds more playmakers The Illinois offense will look different in 2021. That’s only natural when you hire Bret Bielema, and he’s replacing a coaching staff who had been running a spread-option offense with mobile quarterbacks. While it will take some time to transition the team from that kind of offense to the cheese-and-brat teams Bielema had at Wisconsin, there were early glimpses this spring, particularly at the tight end position.
Ford and fellow tight end Daniel Barker might be the two biggest receiving threats on the offense. “I remember a year ago when we were in in fall camp there were a couple times when he ran the ball and he would be wearing a scout team jersey and we always put our scout team in the jersey numbers of the players that they’re simulating for that week, and so sometimes you’d forget who he was because he was wearing a different number and I was like who’s that guy?” Allen said this spring.
You probably haven’t heard of Davion Ervin-Poindexter, but don’t worry, most Indiana fans hadn’t before the spring. Hell, not even Indiana coach Tom Allen always knew who he was. The tight end has hardly existed in Champaign, Illinois, in recent years, but the team has talent at the spot, and it was on display this spring. Luke Ford is a local kid who was a highly-rated four-star recruit out of high school and originally signed with Georgia. After transferring back home, Ford was nonexistent in the offense last year. This spring, he’s a featured member, making quite a few plays in the spring game, including a one-handed touchdown catch.
Well, the coach will remember who he is now because Ervin-Poindexter played so well this spring that he won two of the team’s LEO Awards, being named the most outstanding player on both special teams and offense this spring. Iowa: This is the greatest secondary in Hawkeye history
Those two, along with Jack Koerner, Matt Hankings, and Dan Belton, provide experience and depth, and there’s more behind them, as players like Jermari Harris and Sebastian Castro impressed the coaching staff too. Ervin-Poindexter is a walk-on who was already contributing on special teams, but it sounds like he’s earning his way to a more prominent role on the offense this fall. For an Indiana team hoping to live up to higher expectations, with some playmakers to replace on offense, Ervin-Poindexter might be the right guy in the right place at the right time.
Maryland: Oh no, we’re going to lose all our QBs again, aren’t we? Ervin-Poindexter is a walk-on who was already contributing on special teams, but it sounds like he’s earning his way to a more prominent role on the offense this fall. For an Indiana team hoping to live up to higher expectations, with some playmakers to replace on offense, Ervin-Poindexter might be the right guy in the right place at the right time.
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