Spring News & Notes
March 2, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kevin Wilson opens his second spring as Indiana head coach on Saturday, March 3. The Hoosiers will wrap up the spring with the Cream & Crimson Game on Saturday, April 14. Below is a list of the 2012 spring practice dates:
March - 3, 6, 8, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Littrell & Fabris Join IU
Littrell arrives in Bloomington from the University of Arizona, where his 2011 offense ranked third nationally in passing offense (370.8) and 15th in total offense (465.2). He spent three seasons in Tucson (2009-11) after a four-year stint as running backs coach at Texas Tech University.
A University of Oklahoma graduate, Littrell has coached in seven bowl games, played in two and was team captain on Oklahoma's 2000 national championship team. A four-year letterwinner at OU, Littrell rushed for 231 yards and seven touchdowns in 1999 and finished his career with 11 rushing scores.
Fabris brings 29 years of experience and has coached in 12 bowl games, including five BCS bowls. He has worked at Georgia Tech, Washington State, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Kansas State, South Carolina, the Cleveland Browns and most recently with Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2011 following an 18-month coaching hiatus after a nine-year stint at Georgia.
In his 12 seasons coaching defensive ends at Georgia, South Carolina and Kansas State, 15 of his players earned spots on NFL regular season rosters.
Hoosiers Coaching Staff
Indiana linebacker Chase Hoobler, safety Mark Murphy and offensive lineman Bernard Taylor collected freshman postseason honors following the 2011 campaign. Murphy and Taylor secured spots on Yahoo Sports, BTN.com and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams, while Hoobler earned accolades from Yahoo Sports and BTN.com.
A true freshman out of Akron, Ohio, Murphy finished second on the team with 76 tackles and led the way with 44 solos to go along with one interception, which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown, one tackle for loss and four pass breakups. He played in all 12 games, started three times at weak-side linebacker and the last six games at safety.
Murphy led Big Ten true freshmen with his 76 tackles and recorded at least eight tackles five times. His 76 tackles were the most for an IU true freshman since Will Meyers had 83 in 2003.
Taylor became the first true freshman to play on the offensive line for the Hoosiers in 2011. He appeared in 11 of the team's 12 games and started the last 10 at left guard. Facing some of the top defensive tackles in the country, Taylor allowed only three sacks in 295 passing attempts.
Hoobler finished with 48 tackles, 23 solo, two sacks, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The redshirt freshman started eight games, including six times in the Big Ten, and played in all 12 games.
Frosh In The Game
Wide receivers Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, safeties Mark Murphy and Forisse "Flo" Hardin, running back D'Angelo Roberts, cornerbacks Michael Hunter, Kenny Mullen and Nick Stoner, long snapper Matt Dooley, offensive linemen Bernard Taylor and Peyton Eckert, tight end Jake Reed, quarterback Tre Roberson, linebacker Mike Replogle and defensive end Bobby Richardson made their debuts as true freshmen.
Taylor (10), Murphy (9), Eckert (6), Richardson (6), Roberson (5), Hunter (3), Hardin (2), Latimer (2), Mullen (2), Roberts (1) and Wynn (1) each started at least once. IU also started six redshirt freshmen.
Youth Was Served
School Record All-Big Ten
IU's honorees included Pete Bachman, Leon Beckum, David Blackwell, Charlie Chapman, Connor Creevey, Griffen Dahlstrom, Max Dedmond, Cody Evers, Mitch Ewald, Josh Hager, Greg Heban, Bill Ivan, Dusty Kiel, John Laihinen, Will Matte, Jake Michalek, Paul Phillips, Ryan Phillis, Adam Replogle, Lee Rose, Teddy Schell, Ishmael Thomas, Alexander Webb and Jake Zupancic.
Mr. Roberson's Neighborhood
Roberson celebrated his 19th birthday by becoming the third Hoosier (running back D'Angelo Roberts and kick returner Shane Wynn) to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. He completed 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) for 197 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions. Roberson also rushed for 84 yards on 16 carries (5.2 average).
He started the rest of the way (five games) and was 68-of-120 (56.7) with 779 yards, three TDs and five INTs to go along with 364 rushing yards on 85 carries (4.3) with one score.
On the season, Roberson was 81-of-142 (57.0) with 937 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with 426 rushing yards on 109 carries (3.9) with two scores in nine games.
His 426 rushing yards were second on the team and third among true freshman quarterbacks nationally (Braxton Miller, Ohio State - 695 and Brett Smith, Wyoming - 555).
Roberson became only the second true freshman QB to play at IU. In 1977, Tim Clifford completed 8-of-15 for 143 yards with one touchdown, one interception and 25 rushing yards in one half of work.
Sophomore Stephen Houston rushed for 802 yards (5.3 average) and eight touchdowns overall and 711 yards (5.5) and seven scores in Big Ten play.
His 711 yards were the most for a Hoosier in conference action since 2003 (BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 784) and his seven TDs were the most since 2001 (Levron Williams - 16).
The Hoosiers posted five overall games with 200-plus rushing yards, including a 319-yard effort against Northwestern, the most for Indiana in a conference game since 2003. IU collected three straight 200-plus yard rushing games - at No. 4 Wisconsin (223), at Iowa (217) and against Northwestern - for the first time in league action since 2001.
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