There are a couple noteworthy items in the IU athletics orbit to start the week. Let’s kick it off with football:
Fryfogle, McFadden receive AP All-American honors
Ty Fryfogle and Micah McFadden each received All-American honors from the Associated Press on Monday, landing on the outlet’s third team.
Fryfogle is the first Indiana receiver to pick up All-American honors since James Hardy (second team) in 2007. McFadden, meanwhile, joins Tegray Scales (second team, 2016) as the only Hoosier linebackers to receive placement by the AP since 1987.
Entering this weekend’s Outback Bowl against Ole Miss, Fryfogle has a team-best 687 yards and seven touchdowns. McFadden leads IU with 52 tackles, 39 solo stops, five sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.
A whole lot of folks watched IU-Ohio State last month
Indiana’s Nov. 21 game at Ohio State brought in 6.1 million viewers — the 10th highest viewership for a college football game this season, according to data obtained by Sports Media Watch and organized by The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel.
IU women’s team appears at No. 20 in AP poll
Despite a two-win week to kick off Big Ten play, Indiana dropped one spot to No. 20 in the latest Associated Press Top 25. That makes IU the fifth-highest Big Ten team slotted in this week’s AP poll, putting the Hoosiers behind No. 14 Maryland, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 16 Michigan and No. 17 Ohio State. Michigan State is the sixth Big Ten team included in the top 25, coming in at No. 25.
After hosting Illinois on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern, the Hoosiers will get their first taste of ranked Big Ten action next Monday when they travel to face the Terps in College Park, Md.
Penn earns place on Big Ten honor roll
After a strong two-way performance last week at Minnesota, senior guard Jaelynn Penn was named to the Big Ten’s Weekly Honor Roll on Monday.
Penn scored a season-high 19 points, while adding five rebounds, four steals and three assists in the win over the Gophers. Notably, she also limited Minnesota leading scorer Jasmine Powell to an inefficient shooting day from the field.