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Sunday, May 06, 2018 7:10 pm

IU football picks up transfer

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana football picked up its third graduate transfer of this offseason Sunday when former Syracuse defensive tackle Kayton Samuels announced he would play his final season of college football for the Hoosiers.

Samuels joins former Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins and former Miami (Fla.) offensive lineman Nick Linder as transfers who have elected to join the Hoosiers for the 2018 season and are immediately eligible.

"This past journey has been a stressful one for me...felt like I lost myself without the game," Samuels wrote in an Instagram post Sunday announcing his commitment to Indiana. "I'm even more grateful for it now. I'm extremely happy to say I'M BACK and I'M BETTER!"

Samuels has one season of eligibility remaining and joins a defensive line that must replace a two-year starter at tackle in Nate Hoff. The former Syracuse lineman will have plenty of competition from talented young players on the interior such as Jerome Johnson and LeShaun Minor, but he figures to at the very least bolster Indiana's depth at the position. Coach Tom Allen said he wants to have starter-level players all across the two-deep roster on defense this season because he thought some of his starters played too much last year and got winded at the end of games.

Samuels started 24 games over the last three seasons at Syracuse, including all 12 as a freshman in 2015. He totaled 12 tackles and a sack as a junior in 2017, a year in which he started seven games at nose tackle. He finished his career with the Orange with 44 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and a fumble recovery.