Inside the O-Line
April 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite using seven different starting lineups across the offensive line in 2011, Indiana rushed for 1,374 yards in Big Ten play, the program's highest total since 2001. Will Matte, Collin Rahrig and Bernard Taylor were three of the line's mainstays.
The trio talked to IUHoosiers.com's Jeremy Gray following practice.
IU posted five games with over 200 rushing yards, including a 319-yard effort against Northwestern. The 319 yards were the most for Indiana in a conference game since 2003.
The Hoosiers also 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.
Matte started the first 32 games of his career at center before suffering an injury in week eight at Wisconsin. He made nine starts and appeared in 10 games overall during his junior campaign.
The Wheaton, Ill., native was a seven-time game captain and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Rahrig was named Indiana's Outstanding Walk-On Player of the Year. As a redshirt freshman, he played in the final 10 games and started eight times (five at right guard and three at center).
Taylor moved from defensive line to offensive line during his first preseason camp and earned a spot on the Yahoo Sports, BTN.com and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams. He started the final 10 games of the season and played in 11 overall at left guard.
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