6. Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
Over his four seasons with the Hoosiers, we’ve seen a progression in play from wide receiver Ty Fryfogle. After appearing in just one game as a freshman (albeit with one catch for 13 yards), he then caught 29 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. Fryfogle then followed that up with 45 receptions for 604 yards and three scores as a junior.
Despite playing in eight games in the 2020 season — as opposed to the 12-game seasons the two years prior — Fryfogle emerged as the go-to weapon for the explosive Indiana passing offense, especially when Michael Penix Jr. was on the field and healthy. Fryfogle caught 37 passes but set career-highs with 721 yards and seven touchdowns.
Offered an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to the COVID hardships, Fryfogle is back in Bloomington for a super senior season after winning Big Ten Receiver of the Year a season ago. And with Penix also back and hopefully able to stay on the field, we could see big things from Fryfogle as he continues to take steps forward.
Fryfogle isn’t going to overwhelm anyone with his speed or athleticism but he displays a big, strong frame at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds and uses it extremely well to win in tight situations for contested catches. He’ll continue doing that as a downfield threat and affirm his status as one of the best receivers in the country.