Countdown to kickoff 2014: IU linebackers

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A new look for Indiana’s second line of defense …

New ‘bandits’ on defense

No. Name Ht./Wt. Class
2 T.J. Simmons 6-0/226 Sophomore
4 Forisse Hardin 6-1/230 Senior
8 Tegray Scales 6-0/208 Freshman
19 Chris Covington 6-2/214 Freshman
23 Owen Mattingly 6-2/223 Freshman
27 Steven Funderburk* 6-3/235 5th-year
33 Zack Shaw 6-3/255 R-Junior
3 Nile Sykes 6-2/240 Freshman
39 Dameon Willis 6-1/217 Freshman
41 Clyde Newton 6-1/230 Sophomore
42 David Cooper 6-1/240 5th-Year
44 Marcus Oliver 6-1/241 Sophomore
45 Tony Thomas 6-1/245 R-Soph.
46 Ryan Watercutter 6-2/213 Freshman
47 Robert McCray III 6-2/250 Freshman
49 Greg Gooch 6-2/255 Freshman
51 Kyle Kennedy 6-3/235 R-Junior
54 Garrett Libertowski 5-11/226 R-Junior
56 Nick Mangieri 6-5/260 Junior
57 Kyle Loechel 6-2/223 Freshman

* —  Funderburk is expected to miss the season due to injury.

The linebacking corps is even deeper with a few ends moved to the new bandit position.
Flo Hardin is listed as bandit on the roster, but he gets the starting job on the strongside, with T.J. Simmons in the middle and David Cooper handling weakside chores. Converted end Nick Mangieri is the starting bandit.
Key to success: More big plays like sacks and takeaways, fewer big plays like 80-yard runs.

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