The college football regular season has concluded and Indiana finished with eight wins for the first time since 1993. The Hoosiers finished fourth in the Big Ten East and ended a two game losing skid to the Purdue Boilermakers. With the success, many Indiana defensive players received notice from the media and coaches in this season’s conference awards Tuesday afternoon.
Cornerback Tiawan Mullen is coming off a terrific first season earning an All-Big Ten honorable mention from both the coaches and media. Mullen finished the regular season with 24 tackles with 3.5 being for loss. The Fort Lauderdale Fla., native known for his pass defense shares the conference lead with 12 pass deflections and tied for 15th nationally.
Mullen’s two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries gives him a third place tie in the conference and 25th in the nation.
In addition to Mullen’s award, Micah McFadden received an All-Big Ten honorable mention from coaches Tuesday. The Tampa, Fla. native currently leads all Hoosier defenders with 55 tackles on the season. McFadden recorded a career high 11 tackles in the Hoosiers’ road victory against Nebraska.
The second-year linebacker’s four quarterback hurries this season gives him the third spot on the team in that category. His production increased this season as he is just five tackles away from tripling his total tackles from his freshman campaign.
Along with the secondary, Indiana’s defensive line received recognition with Demarcus Elliott earning an honorable mention from the media. The sophomore has three sacks on the season tying him with teammate Jamar Johnson for third place. The Garden City Community College transfer piled up 32 tackles and forced one fumble during the regular season.
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