George Ricumstrict is in his sixth season as IU's co-special teams coordinator and his second season as defensive ends coach. He served as Indiana's linebackers coach from 2005-08.
Defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton concluded two of the most storied careers in IU history with invites to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. Kirlew was named the team MVP for the second straight season and earned second team All-Big Ten honors, while Middleton collected honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2009.
Kirlew went on to be taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. Middleton finished his career tied for third on the school's career sacks list with 23.
On special teams, senior Ray Fisher led the nation with a 37.4 kick return average to go along with two touchdowns and a 9.8 punt return average. He became the second kick returner in IU history (Marcus Thigpen, three in 2006) to race back two kickoffs in one season. Fisher's average also set a Big Ten single-season average and broke Thigpen's school mark for season average of 30.1 (2006).
In addition to Fisher, sophomore Tandon Doss finished in the league's top 10 with a 21.3 kick return average and led the team with an 11.0 punt return average. The duo helped the team rank second in the Big Ten and 17th nationally with a 24.2 average as well as second in the conference with a 10.1 punt return average.
Ricumstrict's linebackers were one of the deepest and most talented groups on the team in 2008, as evidenced by the play of Matt Mayberry and Will Patterson. Mayberry led the team and finished 10th in the Big Ten with 89 tackles. Patterson was named captain prior to the 2008 campaign and finished fourth on the team with 55 tackles despite missing nearly three games due to injury.
In 2008, Demetrius McCray and Thigpen finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in kick return average in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman punter Chris Hagerup received Freshman All-America second team honors. Hagerup finished the season with a 42.4 average, the seventh-best single-season average in school history.
Patterson (104) and Adam McClurg (99) each nearly reached the century mark in tackles in 2007. McClurg also finished third on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss, while Patterson forced and recovered three fumbles. Patterson finished 11th in the Big Ten in tackles, in addition to second in fumbles recovered and seventh in fumbles forced.
Ricumstrict's special teams unit also put together an outstanding season. The field goal team led by kicker Austin Starr went 21-for-23 and saw Starr earn a spot as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. Additionally, the punt return team finished second in the conference (11.0) and the kickoff return squad finished fifth (22.2), as IU was tops in the conference in combined return average.
Ricumstrict saw significant development from his linebackers in 2006, as McClurg (58 tackles, 5.5 for loss) and Geno Johnson (52 tackles, 34 solo) posted strong years, while Patterson posted 41 tackles, 4.5 for loss, en route to earning Sporting News Freshman All-America recognition.
Ricumstrict's 2006 special teams unit totaled five touchdowns - three on kick returns by Thigpen, one on a punt return by Tracy Porter and one on a fumble recovery. Thigpen led the nation with a 30.1 kick return average and his three touchdowns. The special teams unit also held opponents to less than 20 yards per kickoff return (19.1).
In his first season with the Hoosiers, Ricumstrict coached honorable mention all-league selection Kyle Killion and converted fullback John Pannozzo. Killion signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, and Pannozzo signed as a rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2005 campaign.
Ricumstrict spent the 2004 season as the linebackers coach at Miami (Ohio) University. He tutored first team all-league linebacker Terna Nande, who was a 2006 fifth-round selection of the Houston Texans.
Prior to MU, Ricumstrict spent four years as the linebackers and special teams coach at Central Michigan University. During his tenure, the Chippewas' special teams posted many notable accomplishments, including a school-record nine blocked kicks in 2001.
Before his stop at Central Michigan, Ricumstrict was an assistant at Missouri Southern University (1998-99) and Army (1997) after spending time as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University (1996). He also served as an assistant at Wayne State University (1995) and started his career as an assistant coach at Northwood University (1993-94).
He earned his bachelor's degree in 1990 and his master's in 1992, both from Central Michigan, after playing four years for the Chippewas. He collected team MVP and second team All-MAC plaudits in 1988.
George and his wife, Sandy, have two sons, Obie (12), and Anton (8).
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