Scouting the Big Ten: Indiana

Posted Jul 8, 2003

Coming off an ugly three win season in Gerry DiNardo’s initial campaign at the Hoosier helm, Indiana hopes for better things in 2003. In a nutshell, the schedule is strong but the team is weak, as are the potential NFL-prospects on this roster.

The top pro-prospect on offense, and a good one at that, is junior wide out Courtney Roby. A sure handed pass catcher, Roby has a sensational feel for the position and always works to make himself an available target for the quarterback, constantly coming away with the reception on third down. Roby has a slender build yet is more of a possession wide out, lacking the speed to break it deep. Still, he looks like a solid middle round pick and potentially a third or fourth receiver at the next level.

Next on the list would be Anthony Oakley, maybe. An athletic guard who blocks with solid fundamentals, Oakley opens holes for the running game yet at the same time excels in pass protection. One area he needs work on is his conditioning, so much, so that he has been dismissed from the team because of an inability to stay with the off-season program. No final determination has been made yet, but Oakley is not currently listed on the roster. Remember, DiNardo is the same coach who suspended Jeremi Johnson because of poor work habits last season.

Finally, Chris Jahnke’s versatility to play center, guard or even tackle will raise a few eyebrows. Defensively, cornerback Damien Jones flashed skill last year as a red-shirt freshman and is someone that must be closely watched.

Safety Joe Gonzalez returns after missing all of ’02 and the vocal team leader excels stuffing the run but has limited skills defending the pass.

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