Billy Lynch is in his sixth season as Indiana's wide receivers coach. In 2009, Tandon Doss became Lynch's second All-Big Ten receiver (James Hardy), as he earned first team honors from the conference media and second team recognition from the league's coaches.
One of the most talented crops of receivers in the Big Ten, Doss (77 catches, 962 yards, 5 touchdowns), Damarlo Belcher (61, 770, 5) and junior Terrance Turner (46, 443, 1) each caught 45-plus passes for 400-plus yards last year and the trio returns for the 2010 campaign.
As sophomores in 2009, Doss and Belcher became the first duo in IU history to each collect 60-plus receptions and 700-plus yards in a season. Their 138 combined catches rank first in Hoosier lore (third in Big Ten in 2009) and 1,732 yards sit second (second in Big Ten).
Doss finished second in the Big Ten and 30th nationally in yards per game (80.2) and third in the league and tied for 22nd nationally in catches per game (6.64). He closed out the year second on IU's single-season receptions list and fifth in the school's single-season yardage rankings.
Belcher wrapped up the year tied for fourth on Indiana's single-season receptions list and 13th on the single-season yardage list. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 5.08 grabs per game and sixth in yards per game (64.2).
The 2008 corps, led by Ray Fisher and Andrew Means, saw four receivers reach 25 receptions and post over 275 yards. It also featured one of the top true freshman duos in IU history - Belcher and Doss.
Fisher and Means, who signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, became the 13th and 14th Hoosiers, respectively, to go over 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards in 2008, joining Hardy as the second and third wideouts under Lynch to enter the elite club. Means also earned a spot on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the third straight year a Hoosier appeared on the list (Hardy - 2006, 2007).
Belcher (25 catches, 337 yards and two touchdowns) and Doss (14, 186, one) combined for the second-highest receiving yardage total by a true freshman duo in school history. Among Hoosier true freshmen, Belcher's 25 receptions and 337 yards rank third all-time.
The 2007 season saw Lynch's wide receivers re-write the IU record books, as they recorded a school-record 3,073 yards. Hardy, who was selected in the second round (41st pick) of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, set new school marks with 16 receiving TDs and 79 catches. He finished his career as the school's all-time receiving yardage (2,740), receptions (191) and receiving touchdowns (36) leader. Hardy was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, named All-America by five publications and selected first team All-Big Ten.
But the 2007 group was more than just Hardy, as Fisher and Means each finished with over 45 catches and 450 yards. Fisher added 52 grabs for 482 yards and four touchdowns, while Means posted 559 yards.
Led by Hardy, the 2006 Hoosiers finished third in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game. Hardy was a second team all-conference selection after leading the team with 51 catches, 722 yards and 10 touchdowns. Six different Hoosier wideouts caught 20 passes and went over 200 yards, with five of those six being underclassmen.
In 2005, Lynch tutored Hardy to one of the most prolific debut seasons IU has seen at wide receiver. Hardy finished with 61 receptions (fourth in school history), 10 touchdowns (tied for third all-time) and 893 yards (seventh all-time). In addition, his five 100-yard games were tied for the second most in a season in school history.
Additionally, Hardy finished first in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 89.3 yards per game and fourth in the conference and 29th in the nation with 6.1 receptions per game. His 10 touchdowns ranked fifth among all freshmen nationally, and he became the first IU receiver since Ernie Jones (1987) to catch at least one TD in seven of his first eight games.
Lynch was instrumental in developing a receiving corps featuring one true freshman (Brandon Walker-Roby) and three redshirt freshmen (Hardy, James Bailey and Marcus Thigpen). The quartet, along with junior Jahkeen Gilmore, accounted for 20 of the club's 24 receiving touchdowns.
One of five assistant coaches that came from Miami (Ohio) University to Indiana, Lynch was the RedHawks' tight ends coach in 2004 and offensive graduate assistant in 2002-03. During his tenure in Oxford, Lynch assisted with a potent offense that led the nation at 43.0 points per game in 2003.
He spent his undergraduate years as a wide receiver and three-year letterwinner at Ball State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 2002. He led the Cardinals with 40 receptions his senior year. He also lettered three years in basketball, including the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons for then-BSU head coach and current Indiana assistant basketball coach Tim Buckley.
Billy and his wife, Carla, reside in Bloomington with one daughter, Lindsey (4), and two sons, Max (3), and Ryan (2).
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