From Braves to Greyhounds, Gavin Bane makes plays on the field


INDIANAPOLIS — Gavin Bane said he has thoroughly enjoyed playing football at the University of Indianapolis.

Bane, who graduated from Brownstown Central High School in 2017, finished his college career with a game at Truman College in Kirksville, Missouri, on Saturday. The Greyhounds won 13-10 and finished the season with a record of 7-4. They finished second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Bane had five solo tackles and one assist. He had three tackles for loss, including one sack.

He was redshirted at Indianapolis the fall of his freshman year. In the fall of 2018, he played running back and on special teams, and during the spring of his sophomore year is when he moved to defense.

Bane felt prepared for his collegiate experiences after coming from the Brownstown program.

“The big thing is the amount of discipline coach (Reed) May requires, the effort he likes to see and how disciplined you are,” Bane said. “You show up early, and football teaches you about life skills. Being in a winning program makes you work hard for wins.”

Bane, who is majoring in business administration, was an offensive starter at Brownstown and rotated in at safety on defense.

He played outside linebacker for the Greyhounds.

“My responsibility is run and pass coverage,” he said. “I line up on the field side.”

Bane had three interceptions this fall and returned one pass 15 yards for a touchdown against Missouri S and T. Bane recalled his sophomore year, he intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown against Southwest Baptist.

He finished second on the team in tackles this season with 45 tackles and 24 assists. He recovered three fumbles and forced four fumbles this season.

“I like contact, but at the same time, it’s hard to play defense because of all the penalties they throw at us,” he said. “The defense has so many regulations about how you can hit people. You just go out and play.”

Bane remembers getting ejected from a game against Old Dominican his sophomore year for targeting the quarterback. Bane thought it was a tough call, and it hurt being taken out of the game for good.

Bane said a big difference between high school and college football is the college players are bigger, faster and stronger.

“The biggest difference is the offensive linemen,” he said. “Most of them are 280 (pounds) and above, and they can move.”

Bane stands 5-foot-10, and his playing weight is 190. He said he weighed 165 in high school.

UIndy is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with teams in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri. Indianapolis is an NCAA Division II school.

Bane said the Greyhounds leave for their away games on Fridays and travel by bus. He said the only time he has flown to an away game was during his sophomore season when the team played a playoff game in Arkansas.

He said the team gets two days off from practice during the season, usually Fridays and Sundays; however, they still have meetings on those days.

Bane said the practices during the season usually last 1 hour, 45 minutes.

“They’re short practices. We get in, get our work done and get out. During our camp, we would go two to two and a half hours,” he said. “Our camp was from the beginning of August until the end of August. We practiced, lifted weights, went to meeting and installed our playbooks. We have a very good training program.”

Indianapolis, like every other college team across the nation, was affected by COVID-19 in 2020.

The Greyhounds did not play in the fall of 2020. They had four games scheduled in the spring of 2021 and were able to play three and win all three and won the conference.

He said the fun thing about college football was winning.

“I’ve been part of three GLVC titles and been to the playoffs three times. It’s a good atmosphere to be around,” he said. “It has been a very good time. I’ve gained a lot of brothers I can call my football family. Football gets you disciplined for life.”

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