While the IU football team finished the 2017 season one win short of automatic bowl eligibility, five senior Hoosiers still participated in postseason bowls.
Quarterback Richard Lagow, safety Tony Fields, tight end Ian Thomas and linebackers Chris Covington and Tegray Scales all played games around the country, which came to a close this past weekend.
SPIRAL Tropical Bowl
Both Fields and Lagow were part of the victorious American team in the Tropical Bowl, which took place Jan. 14 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Lagow went seven for nine on passing attempts for 62 yards and one touchdown pass in the game. He was the only quarterback on the American team to record a touchdown pass.
Defensively, Fields tied for the team lead with four solo tackles and also posted two pass breakups.
The American team defeated the National team 26-20.
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Covington, IU’s lone representative in this game, played Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. A member of the American team, Covington led the team with nine tackles, including three solo stops. He also posted 1.5 tackles for loss.
The American team lost to the National team 23-0.
East-West Shrine Game
IU’s other senior linebacker, Scales, played for the West team in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Scales led the West team with seven tackles in the game.
The West team defeated the East team 14-10.
Reese’s Senior Bowl
The final IU participant in postseason play was Thomas in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27 in Mobile, Alabama. Thomas recorded one catch for 28 yards for the South team.
The South team defeated the North team 45-16.
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