Indiana All-American lineman announces 2016 decision
Indiana already had two underclassmen declare for the NFL draft. Another departure from All-American offensive lineman Dan Feeney would’ve been another tough blow for Kevin Wilson.
Lucky for the Hoosiers, they won’t have to replace Feeney quite yet.
The first-team All-B1G selection announced on Monday that he’ll return to Bloomington for his senior season.
“I am excited to continue to be a part of this great program,” Feeney said in a release. “Coach Wilson and Coach Frey were extremely valuable during this process and I thank them for their assistance. They are great coaches and have taught me so much both on the field and in life. I look forward to continuing to learn from both of them. I am blessed to have great teammates who are like brothers to me.
“We are not satisfied and are looking to finish what all the coaches and players have started. With the commitment this university and administration have made to this program, we are ready to reach a new level and can’t wait to get started.”
Feeney’s return is major for an offensive that will look to match its historic 2015 marks. The Hoosiers became the first B1G team to lead the conference in total offense, passing and scoring offense.
That was thanks in large part to Feeney, who led the team in knockdowns (102) and has only allowed one sack in his career at right guard. His dominance earned him All-America honors from the likes of ESPN, The Associated Press, CBS Sports and SI.com.
He’ll look to earn consensus All-American honors and lead the Hoosier offense to another prolific season before pursuing the NFL.
“Dan put a lot of time and thought into this decision,” Wilson said in a release. “We are excited he is returning and really like the direction this program is headed. Dan is one of the best players I have ever been around. He is the total package, not only on the field but in the way he approaches the game and who he is as a person. This is a great opportunity for him to continue to grow as a player, teammate and leader, and enhances the value of his football future.
“By the time he is done, Dan will be one of the best to ever wear an Indiana uniform.”