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Unfortunate news for the Hoosiers as the program announced that redshirt freshman WR Jacolby Hewitt suffered a torn ACL as summer off-season practice begins. Hewitt is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound wide receiver out of Cordova, Tennessee that redshirted his freshman year with the Hoosiers. Hewitt saw action during the most recent spring game.
Out of high school, Hewitt was rated as a three-star recruit. He ultimately committed to Indiana University in June of 2017, over programs such as Memphis and Purdue. Hewitt was ranked as the 155th WR in the nation for his recruiting class.
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Indiana’s Wide Receiver Depth
The Hoosiers still have a number of wide receiver options available in that department, but the injury bug continues to bite unpredictably.
The leaders in Indiana’s wide receiver core will certainly start with fifth year seniors Nick Westbrook and Donavan Hale. Westbrook led the team last year with 590 yards and 14.0 yards per catch. He also suffered an ACL injury which forced him to miss nearly all of the 2017 season for the Hoosiers. Hale ranked 42 receptions and led the team in touchdowns with 6 on the season.
They are supported by two juniors Whop Philyor and Ty Fryfogle, both of which started getting serious minutes as the season progressed last year. Philyor would have seen more action, but a late season injury forced him to sit out after the October 26th game against Minnesota.
Rounding out the wide-receivers, the Hoosiers have redshirt sophomores Cam Wilson and Justin Berry. Indiana Mr. Football and sophomore Reese Taylor played a number of positions for the Hoosiers last season including some looks as a wide-out. The redshirt freshmen on the team include Miles Marshall and Luke Shayotovich.
Although the Hoosiers will not have him for this upcoming season, they will be bringing in their highest ranked recruit ever in 2020: 4-star WR Rashawn Williams.