After a historic performance against Ohio State, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle became the first Hoosier to win back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors since Nate Sudfeld in 2015.
On Saturday, the senior wide receiver helped IU rally back into a game that seemed to be over by halftime. The Lucedale, Miss. native recorded seven catches for a career-high 218 receiving yards while also finding the end zone three times.
With this performance, Fryfogle became the first player in Big Ten history to record consecutive games of 200-yards receiving or more, doing so against Michigan and Ohio State.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. knows just how important Fryfogle and the rest of the wide receivers are to the success of IU.
“It makes me excited,” Penix said. “Those guys are making the plays; they are the reason behind the success that we have been showing on the offensive side of the ball.”
Fryfogle was recently added to the Biletnikoff award watch list. An award that is given every year to the top wide receiver in the country. Teammate Whop Philyor is also on the list of top receivers.
His play this season backs up his addition to the list.
According to Pro Football Focus’s twitter page, Fryfogle is first in the country in both receiving yards (560) and catches of 15 or more yards (17) in his last three games. He also ranks second in his last three games with six touchdowns scored.
On the year, Fryfogle has hauled in 31 receptions, accumulating 642 receiving yards, and caught seven touchdowns in the Hoosiers first five games of the 2020 season. He has caught a touchdown in all but one game this year, the first game against Penn State, and has scored two or more touchdowns in each of the last two matchups.
Fryfogle’s yards per catch currently sits an average of 20.7 yards, which is 11th best in the country at the wide receiver position according to teamrankings.com
Prior to Saturday’s contest against Ohio State, Fryfogle tied for first in the country with the lowest drop percentage in college football, making him one of the most reliable receivers in the country.
With the impressive play of Fryfogle and the consistency with which the team as a whole has been playing with, it is not surprising to see the Hoosiers making program history.
Fryfogle and the rest of the Hoosiers will look to keep their success rolling as they host Maryland on Nov. 28 at noon EST.
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