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Jovan Swann Commits to Indiana

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Nice!  I figured it had only been a matter of time for him, so glad to hear he's officially pulled the trigger.

He had 5.5 sacks last year, and 4.5 the year before.  Both of those numbers would have led our team for that year, so hopefully he can help with our pass rush.

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I saw where Swann is expected to play at DT here.  He played end a lot for Stanford, but they ran a lot of 3-4.  A combo of Swann and Johnson at DT could be a really good combo, and they can both get to the passer.  Throw in Elliot who has been solid and Sio who was looking good last year, and we will have a excellent 4 man rotation at DT.  I'm hoping they stay healthy to allow Damajhe Lewis to redshirt, but I think he might be too talented to keep off the field.

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No way to say this politely. I just like seeing the schools we are either getting kids from or beating out for. The upgrade of talent is so refreshing. Congrats Staff on another big get.....and if you control the line of scrimmage you can control the game. Love this get.

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2 hours ago, Leathernecks said:

I saw where Swann is expected to play at DT here.  He played end a lot for Stanford, but they ran a lot of 3-4.  A combo of Swann and Johnson at DT could be a really good combo, and they can both get to the passer.  Throw in Elliot who has been solid and Sio who was looking good last year, and we will have a excellent 4 man rotation at DT.  I'm hoping they stay healthy to allow Damajhe Lewis to redshirt, but I think he might be too talented to keep off the field.

Lewis will play early minutes for the Hoosiers if I had to guess. Good pickup for CTA!

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25 minutes ago, DocHoosier said:

Lewis will play early minutes for the Hoosiers if I had to guess. Good pickup for CTA!

That's what I'm thinking too. Unfortunately without having spring practice, he won't have as much of a boost as he could have had, but I agree that he has a really good chance to play a lot this fall.

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18 hours ago, Leathernecks said:

I saw where Swann is expected to play at DT here.  He played end a lot for Stanford, but they ran a lot of 3-4.  A combo of Swann and Johnson at DT could be a really good combo, and they can both get to the passer.  Throw in Elliot who has been solid and Sio who was looking good last year, and we will have a excellent 4 man rotation at DT.  I'm hoping they stay healthy to allow Damajhe Lewis to redshirt, but I think he might be too talented to keep off the field.

I wonder if he will kick out to strong side end too.  At 271 lbs, that's a little light at defensive tackle.  There are guys who can do it at smaller size, the John Randle and Aaron Donald types, but even then they were in the 280's.  Allen has been playing 300 plus pounders inside to be able to play the run.  

DE is a position I am most interested in seeing the development of so many guys.  Head and Bryant have been playing and wonder if they take another step forward.  Beau Robbins and Caleb Murphy are pretty big recruits.  Madison Norris has been in the oven for 3 years and may be ready to come out.  I'd love to see him at least get some run as a pass rushing specialist.  At his light weight, he probably couldn't hold up at the point of attack.  He can be a weapon, so let's see where he is.

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3 hours ago, BobSaccamanno said:

I wonder if he will kick out to strong side end too.  At 271 lbs, that's a little light at defensive tackle.  There are guys who can do it at smaller size, the John Randle and Aaron Donald types, but even then they were in the 280's.  Allen has been playing 300 plus pounders inside to be able to play the run.  

DE is a position I am most interested in seeing the development of so many guys.  Head and Bryant have been playing and wonder if they take another step forward.  Beau Robbins and Caleb Murphy are pretty big recruits.  Madison Norris has been in the oven for 3 years and may be ready to come out.  I'd love to see him at least get some run as a pass rushing specialist.  At his light weight, he probably couldn't hold up at the point of attack.  He can be a weapon, so let's see where he is.

I saw he was looking to get up to either 280, or over 280.  Can't remember which I read.  I wondered that too when I read he expected to play at DT.  From watching highlights, it seemed like a LB usually lined up outside of him, so he was almost playing like a DT in a 4-3 even though he was technically an end in a 3-4.  Wouldn't be surprised to see him move around a bit.

Hopefully Peoples will be able to get more of a pass rush out of the whole line.  I think he emphasizes it more than what Hagen did.  Head and Bryant have shown some potential.  Like you said, Robbins and Murphy were good recruits.  I'd love to see Norris get some time too.  I would think at this point he has to be getting close to the point where he can physically compete.  Outside of those guys, we have pretty good depth that can come in and hopefully help out.

I'd like to see us get some better pressure with blitzes too.  It seemed like we didn't do a great job utilizing blitzes.  We had a few times the blitzer would get to the QB, but I would like to see us send more blitzes to occupy blockers to give our DL less bodies to deal with.  I think we have the DBs to press guys so the QB doesn't have an easy out.

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Great points.  We’ve got some guys who can be excellent blitzers like Cam Jones, McFadden, Ball...and some of the safeties/huskies.  Athletes all over and you can’t tell where they are coming from. 

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28 minutes ago, BobSaccamanno said:

Great points.  We’ve got some guys who can be excellent blitzers like Cam Jones, McFadden, Ball...and some of the safeties/huskies.  Athletes all over and you can’t tell where they are coming from. 

I thought Ball did a pretty good job blitzing last year.  There were a few times I think he was too excited and missed some opportunities for sacks, but he seemed to get into the backfield pretty well at times.

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