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All-America spotlight again finds Indiana’s Dan Feeney

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Friday, December 09, 2016 08:15 pm

Dan Feeney is a stud.

You knew that, of course. Indiana’s offensive lineman entered the season on everybody’s All-America list, then proved the truth to the hype by winning All-America honors for the season straight season.

This time it came from the Walter Camp Foundation, which named him to its second team on Friday night even though Feeney missed multiple games because of a concussion.

Feeney is the first offensive line to earn consecutive All-America honors. Last year he was honored by ESPN, AP, CBS Sports and SI.com.

Only five other Hoosiers have ever won at least two All-America awards – Anthony Thompson (1988, ’89), Van Waiters (1986, ’87), John Isenbarger (1967, ’68), George Taliaferro (1945, ’47 and ’48), Pete Pihos (1943, ’45) and Billy Hillenbrand (1941, ’42).

Feeney earlier made first team All-Big Ten for the second straight season. Only three other Hoosier linemen have done that – Don Shrader (1987, ’88), Bob Haak (1937, ’38) and Homer Dutter (1909, ’10).

Because of injuries to the line, Feeney started the final four games of the season at right tackle after starting 41 straight games at right guard. In four years and 45 career games, he only allowed two sacks.

Feeney has the upcoming Foster Farms Bowl in California, and then the Senior Bowl to play in before turning his attention to the NFL draft.

Meanwhile, IU linebacker Tegray Scales made SI.com’s All-America second team. He led the Big Ten with 116 tackles.

This is the third straight year at least one Hoosier has made an All-America team. The others were offensive lineman Jason Spriggs (now a rookie with the Green Bay Packers and tailback Tevin Coleman (in his second season with the Atlanta Falcons.

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