Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey was named Indiana's scout team player of the week following the Ball State game.
Jan. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - One of five offensive linemen in the Hoosiers 2012 signing class, Jacob Bailey redshirted this fall. The Indianapolis native was named Indiana's scout team player of the week following the Ball State game.
Bailey played for head coach Rick Streiff at Cathedral High School. He earned Indiana Associated Press Class 4A All-State as a junior and senior and collected a spot on the Indiana Football Coaches Association's (IFCA) Top 50 list in 2011.
Cathedral won the 2010 and 2011 state championships. Bailey was a teammate of IU senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes, junior safety Jake Zupancic and sophomore linebacker Kyle Kennedy.
Bailey talked to IUHoosiers.com about his first season in Bloomington:
How was your first semester?
"My first semester went really well. I did well in the classroom and improved a lot on the field."
What are some benefits of redshirting?
"I got an extra semester to get in the weight room, get my weight up, get my strength up and learned a lot of technique from Coach Frey."
Talk about offensive line coach Greg Frey:
"Coach Frey is a great coach. He demands a lot out of us, but it has really benefited us a lot."
How did fifth-year senior captain and center Will Matte impact you?
"Will was a great leader. He was definitely a leader of the team along with Adam Replogle. It meant a lot playing for him, even though I wasn't on the field since I redshirted, being on the scout team and playing my butt off for Will."
What is your current weight?
"Just a little bit south of 300 - 299."
How has Mark Hill and the strength staff helped you?
"My numbers have gone up dramatically since I stepped on campus and started with Coach Hill and the staff. It has helped me a lot."
What are you looking forward to during spring practice?
"I'm looking forward to getting out on the field and having the chance to compete. Hopefully having an opportunity to play."
What is the biggest difference between high school and college football?
"Definitely the size and the speed. In high school, I was the biggest guy. Here I am just like everyone else. I've had to work on my technique so I can be able to play with these guys."
What is your major?
Who is your roommate?
"(Redshirt freshman offensive lineman) Wes Rogers."
What was your favorite moment last season?
"After the victories, being with my teammates and celebrating with them."