Tom Allen provides update on star DB Tiawan Mullen
When the 2022 season kicks off, Indiana defensive back Tiawan Mullen will be ready to go, according to head coach Tom Allen.
CNHI Indiana’s Kevin Brockway tweeted out Allen’s comments regarding Mullen’s health following spring practice. The rising senior is apparently “100% healthy” and was held out of spring ball out of an abundance of caution.
Mullen’s 2021 campaign was hindered by injuries, playing in just 7 of Indiana’s 12 contests. He was responsible for 19 tackles and 3 pass break-ups as the Hoosiers finished with a disappointing 2-10 record last fall.
Indiana coach Tom Allen said @Mullen_7era is 100 percent healthy, held out for spring for precautionary reasons, feels like he will bounce back after injury-filled junior season. "He’s obviously a huge part of what we’ve done here, the change we’ve created." #iufb
— KevinBrockwayCNHIIndiana (@KevinBrockwayG1) May 16, 2022
Over his first three years in Bloomington, Mullen has proven to be a major asset in the IU secondary. He’s totaled 86 stops, 23 pass break-ups, 8 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
“He’s obviously a huge part of what we’ve done here, the change we’ve created,” Allen said of Mullen.
Mullen played a big role in Indiana’s 6-2 season in 2020, posting big numbers in every statistical category. He finished with a career-best in tackles (38), tackles for loss (4.5), sacks (3.5) and interceptions (3).
For the Hoosiers to bounce back after such a disappointing year in 2021 — ending without a win in B1G play — they’ll need Mullen back at full strength.