Indiana Football: 4 bold predictions for next season

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2.  Stevie Scott Is A 1,200 Yard Rusher

Right after praising Michael Penix and talking about the season he could have, how will that impact Stevie Scott? Well, it could actually help him.

The sophomore back is coming off of a bit of a disappointing season in which he regressed in yardage, attempts and average. Despite that, however, 2020 could be a rejuvenation of sorts.

Because of how pass oriented the offense was a season ago, it contributed to the lessening of production, and now with Kalen DeBoer off to Fresno State things could change.

Last season wasn’t all a wash though. In Scott’s first five games of the season he averaged 15.2 carries per game for just 56.2 yards. These five games included three games under 65 yards. In the final six games, however, it seemed as though DeBoer found better ways to use Scott which contributed to 94 yards per game on 17.2 carries. While he may not hit 94 every game, that average would but him right around the 1,200-yard mark.

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In those final six games, the Indiana running back had four games of over 65 yards, headlined by three 100+ yard performances.

With Nick Sheridan now the OC, the former QB’s coach, one would expect him to be heavy with the passing game with Penix. After seeing how important the running attack was to this team a season ago though, expect him to rely more on the running attack early next year.