Spring News & Notes

    Go Hoosiers! Tight end Ted Bolser and the Hoosiers kick off spring practice on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tight end Ted Bolser and the Hoosiers kick off spring practice on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    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
    April - 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14

    Littrell & Fabris Join IU
    Seth Littrell and Jon Fabris joined the Hoosiers coaching staff in the offseason. Littrell will serve as offensive coordinator and coach the tight ends and fullbacks, while Fabris will coach the defensive ends.

    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
    Kevin Wilson has assembled an experienced and dynamic coaching staff. Including Wilson, the staff has 155 combined years of college coaching experience, an average of 15.5 years per coach. In total, the group has coached in 67 bowl games, including 21 BCS bowl contests and seven national championship games with two national titles.



    Freshmen Honored
    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, and Big Ten All-Freshman teams, while Hoobler earned accolades from Yahoo Sports and

    True freshman quarterback Tre Roberson and true freshman kick returner Shane Wynn received honorable mention recognition from

    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.

    Young Yards
    In 2011, Indiana's underclassmen accounted for:
    • all of the team's 18 rushing scores (100%)
    • all of the team's 211 completions, 2,393 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns (100%)
    • 4,318 of 4,325 total yards (99.8%)
    • 1,925 of 1,932 rushing yards (99.6%)
    • 1,339 of 1,345 kick return yards (99.6%)
    • 488 of 492 rushing attempts (99.2%)
    • 251 of 257 points (97.7%)
    • nine of 10 receiving touchdowns (90.0%)
    • 5,131 of 5,767 all-purpose yards (89.0%)
    • 1,803 of 2,393 receiving yards (75.3%)
    • 152 of 211 receptions (72.0%)

    Frosh In The Game
    Kevin Wilson made it no secret that he was not afraid to play true freshmen, and he certainly lived up to his word by playing 16 in 2011, tied for the third most in the country. Additionally, 16 redshirt freshmen saw action. The 32 total freshmen were the highest total in the country.

    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
    Indiana started 46 different players in 2011:
    • Eleven true freshmen, six redshirt freshmen and 10 sophomores appeared in the starting lineup.
    • In all, 23.9 percent of the 2011 starters were true freshmen, 37 percent were freshmen and 58.7 percent were underclassmen.
    • Indiana started seven freshmen on defense (four true and three redshirt) and five freshmen on offense (four true and one redshirt) against Northwestern. The 12 total freshmen, eight true freshmen and the seven total freshmen defensive starters were the most by a FBS team in a game last year.

    School Record All-Big Ten
    A school record 24 Indiana football student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The 24 Hoosier honorees were the third-highest total in the league. Student-athletes must be in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a grade point average of 3.0 or better to be eligible.

    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
    Tre Roberson became the first true freshman quarterback in Indiana history to start when he took the field at Iowa on Oct. 22. He was one of just 12 true freshman quarterbacks nationally to start at least one game.

    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.

    Ground Gains
    The Hoosiers rushed for 1,374 yards in league play last season, the program's highest total since 2001, and posted 1,932 overall, the program's highest total since 2008. Indiana's running backs lost just one fumble in 272 attempts.

    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.

    Indiana posted these numbers despite using seven different offensive line starting lineups and starting three freshmen - Bernard Taylor (10 starts), Collin Rahrig (eight) and Peyton Eckert (six).


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