Matt Canada is in his fourth season as Indiana's offensive coordinator. He is in his seventh year on the IU staff, where he has overseen the Hoosiers' quarterbacks each season and served as passing game coordinator during the 2005 and 2006 campaigns.
Canada's quarterbacks (Ben Chappell, Kellen Lewis and Blake Powers) dominate the Hoosier records, holding the top two spots in single-season touchdowns, yards, completions and attempts. In his three years as Hoosier offensive coordinator, Canada has produced one All-American (James Hardy), two first team All-Big Ten receivers (Tandon Doss and Hardy), an all-conference left tackle (Rodger Saffold) and an all-league quarterback (Kellen Lewis).
Two of the Hoosiers' offensive players were either drafted or signed an NFL free-agent deal in April. Left tackle Rodger Saffold was selected with the first pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He became Indiana's highest draft pick since defensive end Nathan Davis (32nd pick, 1997). Tight end Troy Wagner signed a free-agent deal with the Cleveland Browns in April.
In 2009, the IU offense finished fourth in the Big Ten in pass offense (247.9). Indiana averaged 24.4 points per game in league play and finished second in Big Ten contests only averaging 262.4 passing yards per game. Chappell continued Canada's tutelage of top gunslingers. He ended 2009 in IU's single-season top five in passing yardage (2nd), passing touchdowns (T-3rd), completions (1st), attempts (2nd), completion percentage (1st) and total offense (4th).
In Big Ten games only, he led the league in passing yards per game (261.2) and attempts (303), placed second in passing touchdowns (14), and third in completions (183), total offense per game (261.5) and completion percentage (60.4). Chappell ranked second in the Big Ten (overall games) in completions, third in passing yards per game (245.1), completion percentage and attempts, and fourth in total offense per game (244.1).
Chappell enters 2010 in the top 10 on IU's career lists for completion percentage (.599 - 1st), passing yardage (3,956 - 8th), completions (349 - 7th), attempts (583 - 8th), passing touchdowns (21 - 9th), total offense (4,022 - 10th), 300-yard games (three - 3rd) and 200-yard games (nine - 6th).
Coming off one of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history in 2007, 11 starters missed at least one start (14 total) due to injury in 2008. The Hoosiers used four quarterbacks, nine offensive linemen and seven different lineups along the offensive line.
Despite the setbacks, Indiana broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark (2,003 yards - sixth in the Big Ten) for the second straight year, the first time since 2000 and 2001 an IU team produced back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons. Indiana averaged 4.5 yards per carry and carded 19 rushing scores, the team's best numbers since the 2001 campaign (5.5, 33).
Lewis (1,131) and Chappell (1,001) both produced 1,000-yard seasons. Lewis added 500 rushing yards, as he appeared in 10 games with nine starts. Chappell saw time in 11 contests with three starts.
Lewis joined Antwaan Randle El as the only QBs in IU lore to reach 40 passing touchdowns, 6,250 passing yards, 8,000 total yards, 525 completions and 975 attempts. He became the third quarterback at Indiana to reach 6,250 career passing yards and the second player to collect 8,000 total yards and held 16 major school quarterback records during his time with the Hoosiers.
In addition, Lewis sits atop IU's career list with 48 passing touchdowns, third with 6,395 passing yards, second with 8,072 total yards, first with 565 completions, third with 981 attempts and third in completion percentage at 57.6.
During the 2007 season, the Hoosiers set a school record with 412 points and finished second in IU history with 31.7 points per game. The Hoosiers increased their scoring offense (31.7-23.1), pass offense (236.4-222.1), rush offense (157.4-113.8) and total offense (393.8-335.9) from their 2006 totals. Indiana ended 2007 third in the league in scoring and fourth in passing offense.
Lewis set single-season school records for passing yards (3,043), passing TDs (28) and total yards (3,779). Hardy, who was selected in the second round (41st pick) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, set new school marks with his 16 receiving touchdowns and 79 receptions. He finished his career as the school's all-time receiving yardage, receptions and touchdowns leader. In 2006, Canada saw Lewis post 2,662 total yards of offense, the sixth-highest single-season output in school history. Lewis finished 21st in the nation in total yards per game.
Canada oversaw a passing attack in 2005 that threw a then school-record 24 touchdown passes, as Powers set a Hoosier mark with 22 scores. Powers' 212 completions and 376 attempts rank fourth in IU history. Canada spent the 2004 season as Indiana's quarterbacks coach. Under his direction, the Hoosiers went from 11th to fifth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and from 10th to fourth in scoring offense. In addition, the total sacks against the Hoosiers decreased from 40 to 27.
He returned to Bloomington after spending six years at Northern Illinois University, where he served as the running backs coach (1998-2000), quarterbacks coach (2001-02) and offensive coordinator (2003). The Huskies enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2003, finishing among the top 30 in the nation in both major weekly polls. NIU climbed as high as No. 12 in the AP rankings and No. 10 in the Bowl Championship Series Poll with wins over Alabama, Maryland and Iowa State.
Northern Illinois ranked among the top 30 teams in the nation in scoring offense (32.2 ppg) and passing efficiency (140.0), as running back Michael Turner, who is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, was named an Associated Press second team All-American. Canada coached three 1,000-yard rushers during his six years in DeKalb in William Andrews, Thomas Hammock and Turner, as Turner closed his senior season ranked among the top five in the nation in rushing (137.3 ypg) and all-purpose yards (161.4).
Canada began his coaching career as a student assistant (1992-93) and graduate assistant (1994-95) at Indiana University. He helped the Hoosiers to the 1993 Independence Bowl. The New Palestine, Ind., native made his full-time coaching debut in 1996 at Butler University, where he oversaw the quarterbacks and wideouts before moving up to offensive coordinator in 1997. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs improved from last to second in the Pioneer Football League passing statistics (98.1 ypg to 211.8).
A three-year football and basketball letterwinner at New Palestine High School, Matt and his wife, Michelle, have one daughter, Tori (12), and one son, Chris (10).
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