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Indiana linebacker and Colerain High School grad Tegray Scales named All-American

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 16:16:26-05

Indiana redshirt junior linebacker Tegray Scales, a 2014 Colerain High School graduate, earned second team All-America honors, SI.com announced this afternoon.

Scales is the first Hoosiers linebacker recognized on an All-America team since Van Waiters was third team in 1987.

Scales leads the nation with 87 solo stops, and he is first in the Big Ten with 116 tackles (T-17th nationally) and 20.5 tackles for loss, which put him in a share of fourth nationally and in third on the program's single-season list.

His eight double-figure tackle games also rank first in the league (T-2nd nationally). Scales has five sacks, an interception run back for a touchdown and one forced fumble.

Scales, the Associated Press Division I state co-defensive player of the year in 2013, has a streak of six straight 10-tackle games during the regular season. It was the longest streak nationally, the longest streak in the Big Ten since 2012 and the longest streak at IU since at least 1990.

Scales and the Hoosiers will face No. 19 Utah in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl. The game will be held at Levi's Stadium on Dec. 28, with a 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST kickoff.

Scales had 102 tackles including 12 tackles for loss and his senior season at Colerain. He was the Greater Miami Conference co-defensive player of the year. He was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and had several scholarship offers.