Winner will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 11
The senior is the third two-time winner in Hoosier history
First team Academic All-American and 2006 Lott Trophy Watch List honoree Will Meyers played in all 11 games in 2005. Meyers was one of the Hoosiers' most consistent defensive players, notching four double digit tackle performances. He tied his career-high with 13 tackles each against Iowa and Minnesota, and he added 10 stops at Michigan and 11 against Illinois. He posted his first career interception against the Illini, and he returned it 34 yards.
Meyers started the first three games of the season in 2004 before a knee injury sidelined him for three straight contests. He returned for the game at Ohio State and closed the season with a start in the season finale at Purdue. He played in eight games on the year and finished seventh on the team with 33 total tackles.
Meyers opened the season with four solo tackles against Central Michigan and posted eight tackles (five solo and three assists) at Kentucky before he was injured in the fourth quarter. He registered his best game of the season came against the Boilermakers, when he tied a career-high with 13 total tackles (nine solo and four assists).
He was named to the Academic All-District V Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Meyers made an immediate impact in his first season at Indiana, earning first team freshman All-American and Big Ten Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from The Sporting News. Meyers ranked third on the team with 83 tackles (65 solo). His two sacks were good for third on the team as well. Meyers forced four fumbles on the year and finished with 3.5 tackles for loss. Meyers exploded onto the scene in his second game at the collegiate level, registering 13 tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble at Washington on September 6. From there, he went on to force at least one fumble in each of the team's next three games.
The Chesterfield, Mo., product notched nine tackles against both Minnesota and Illinois, then put a cap on his productive freshman campaign by recording eight tackles with one sack for 13 yards against rival Purdue in the season finale.
A 2002 Class 5A first team All-State selection by The Jefferson City News Tribune and the top safety in Missouri according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Meyers earned PrepStar All-Region honors as well as being tabbed as the No. 55 player in the Midlands region by SuperPrep. He notched 306 tackles, nine sacks, eight interceptions and eight fumble recoveries during his career. As a senior, he had 45 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries en route to earning Suburban West Conference MVP honors. He was all-metro as an all-purpose player and Parkway West High School's MVP. He earned 10 varsity letters during his high school career (four in football, three in basketball, two for track and one for baseball).
Born on Sept. 14, 1984, Meyers is majoring in accounting.
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