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ProIU: Knight gets promoted, Slegers makes history

Catching up on old pals at the next level

NFL: NOV 17 Cowboys at Lions
Cowboys lineman Brandon Knight jogs off the field after a game in Detroit on Nov. 17, 2019.
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It was a remarkable week for two former Hoosiers now grinding away at the highest level — Brandon Knight received a promotion on the gridiron, and Aaron Slegers authored a first in the IU baseball history book.

Let’s take a closer look:

Knight time in Dallas

With left tackle Tyron Smith out for the season, it appears Knight will be the solution for the Cowboys on the left side of their line. He could also play on the right, where he’s performed admirably in the past. Knight had already been filling in for Smith prior to the season-ending diagnosis, and yielded merely one pressure on 64 pass-blocking opportunities in Week 3, according to Pro Football Focus.

Per Inside The Star:

Brandon Knight proved he’s more than capable of handling the job. He may not be La’el Collins good, but he’s the best option the Cowboys have right now

Dallas signed Knight, an All-Big Ten performer at IU, as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

NFL: OCT 13 Cowboys at Jets
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Tackle Brandon Knight (69) looks to block New York Jets Defensive End Jordan Willis (60) during the second half of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets on October 13, 2019.
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Slegers appears in playoff game

Fourteen former Indiana pitchers have reached the big leagues. On Thursday night, Aaron Slegers became the first of that bunch to deliver a pitch in the postseason.

It was a milestone moment for both Slegers and the Hoosiers when the 6-foot-10 right-hander tossed an 86 mile-per-hour slider into the strike zone to start his outing in the bottom of the seventh inning. Unfortunately for Slegers, it wasn’t a perfect night on the mound; New York plated a run off of him during a two-out rally in the eighth.

Still! File this under Things We Like To See.

(h/t @ProBallHoosiers)

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