Shared the Al Barsch "Hang Tough" Award with Ryan Marando following the 2008 season. The award is given to the player(s) who hangs tough and fights through adversity.
2008 (Senior): Started seven times and played in all 12 games ... closed out 2008 third on the team with a career-high 56 tackles, 41 solo, and collected the first sack of his career at Illinois ... also broke up three passes ... recorded two double-digit tackle games with a career-high 12, eight solo, vs. Michigan State and 10, eight solo, against Wisconsin ... had seven tackles and one pass breakup vs. Central Michigan ... netted six solo tackles at Purdue and posted six stops, five solo, with one pass breakup vs. Ball State ... collected five tackles against Iowa (one pass breakup) and at Penn State ... also recorded a 50-yard punt on his only attempt ... named Hoosier special teams player of the week following the Western Kentucky game ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2007 (Junior): Appeared in 12 games, earning a start vs. Purdue, and made 19 tackles ... picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards against Indiana State ... posted a career-best five tackles and forced a fumble at Michigan State ... matched his career high of five tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and recovered the first fumble of his career against Purdue ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2006 (Sophomore): Made a smooth transition from kicker to defensive back, making 13 tackles, 12 solo, in his 11 games of action ... posted his biggest games in IU's two biggest wins, as he made three solo stops, all for loss, against Michigan State and delivered three solo tackles in IU's win over No. 15/13 Iowa ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2005 (Freshman): One of three true freshmen to see action for Indiana ... made three field goals, including a career-long 39-yarder against Ohio State ... also made 31-of-34 extra points.
Prep/Personal: Kicker and safety for head coach John Gibbons at Lakewood St. Edward High School, where he graduated with high honors ... ranked 24th among all high school kickers by Rivals.com ... a first team Ohio Preps kicker in 2004 ... All-Ohio special mention, all-district first team and all-county first team as a punter and all-district all-purpose as a senior ... a 2005 participant in the Ohio North/South All-Star Game ... an All-Sun Newspaper first team defensive back in final campaign ... a Scout.com Midwest Hot 100 list member ... averaged 43.6 yards per kick as a punter in his senior season ... born on Oct. 30, 1986, Joseph Anthony Kleinsmith majored in criminal justice.
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