BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University football coaches are giving rave reviews to former Columbus East center Harry Crider.

Crider has played in all six games as a true freshman for the 3-3 Hoosiers, who return to action Saturday at Michigan State. He is the second-string center behind redshirt-sophomore Hunter Littlejohn.

“(Crider is) doing great,” IU head coach Tom Allen said. “We just love him as a person. He’s a quality, quality young man. He was raised right, comes from a great family. He knows how to work. He’s tough. He’s very athletic, and I think he’s going to be a great player for us. He has a bright future for sure.”

Last year, Crider was named the state’s Mr. Football for offensive linemen after leading the Olympians to a 13-2 record and a state runner-up finish.

Hoosiers associate head coach and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said the staff didn’t have to change much of the fundamentals that Crider had when he came to IU.

“Usually, a freshman offensive lineman, it’s hard for them to come in and play because they have to learn technique, or they may have to learn a new system, terminology and all that, and also sometimes, they’re not at a strength level they need to be at,” DeBord said. “That’s a credit to (East) coach (Bob) Gaddis and his program there that he had the strength, he had knowledge, he had techniques and all that stuff.”

Harry Crider

Name: Harry Crider

High school: Columbus East

College: Indiana

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 290

Position: Center

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5628.