It’s a positive trend, but it was one that Indiana didn’t necessarily want to continue in 2017.
Each of the last two years, an Indiana tailback left early for the NFL draft. Two years ago, it was Tevin Coleman. Last year, it was Jordan Howard. The hope was that IU would avoid losing yet another talented tailback to the NFL.
But Devine Redding continued that bittersweet trend.
The junior tailback announced his intentions to leave Bloomington early for the NFL draft:
I'm excited to announce the next phase in my journey. Thank you all for making it possible. pic.twitter.com/r3i8NGEGLk
— Devine Redding (@D1vine_34) January 6, 2017
The loss of Redding is a significant blow after the tailback was IU’s steadiest source of offense in 2016. He reached 1,000 yards the last two years, first as Howard’s backup and in 2016 as the lead back.
Redding finished his IU career with 2,252 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He rushed for 100 yards eight times in his final 16 games for the Hoosiers.
With Redding gone, the Hoosiers will turn to a combination of Ricky Brookins, Mike Majette, Tyler Natee, Alex Rodriguez and potentially others.
Indiana also announced its hire of Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord earlier in the week.