July 4, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With preseason camp right around the corner, here is a look at some Indiana football news and notes.
Hoosiers Coaching Staff
Kevin Wilson has assembled an experienced and dynamic coaching staff. Including Wilson, the staff has 176 combined years of coaching experience, an average of 17.6 years per coach.
In total, the group has coached in 64 bowl games, including 22 BCS bowl contests and five national championship games with one national title. Below is a look at Wilson's 2013 coaching staff:
Doug Mallory - Asst. HC/DC/S
William Inge - Co-DC/LB
James Patton - ST & Rec. Coord./Asst. DL
Seth Littrell - OC/TE & FB
Kevin Johns - Co-OC/QB & WR
Greg Frey - Run Game Coord./OL
Jon Fabris - DL
Deland McCullough - RB
Brandon Shelby - CB
Indiana fielded the youngest team in the country in 2012. Here is what returns:
1,595 of 1,570 rushing yards (101.6%)
Let's Talk Offense
5,329 of 5,304 total yards (100.5)
all of IU's 21 rushing TDs (100.0)
all of IU's 331 completions, 3,734 passing yards and 24 passing TDs (100.0)
394 of 399 rushing attempts (98.8)
960 of 973 kick return yards (98.7)
363 of 369 points (98.4)
6,285 of 6,473 all-purpose yards (97.1)
23 of 24 receiving TDs (95.8)
3,549 of 3,734 receiving yards (95.1)
308 of 331 receptions (93.1)
52 letterwinners and 384 career starts, which is tied for sixth nationally.
193 starts on offense, which is fifth nationally.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2012,
brought an aerial assault to Bloomington.
The Hoosiers led the Big Ten in passing offense (311.2), which ranked 17th nationally. They finished second in total offense (442.0) and fourth in scoring offense (30.8) in conference play.
Indiana set program records for passing yardage (3,734), total offense (5,304), completions (331), attempts (540) and total plays (939).
IU improved by 9.4 points (15th most improved in FBS) and 111.8 passing yards per game (3rd) and threw 14 more TD passes (T-9th) vs. 2011.
The Hoosiers offense lit up the scoreboard and did so quickly in 2012:
Indiana had 12 TD drives under 60 seconds, 23 TD drives under 90 seconds, 11 of which covered at least 70 yards in six-or-fewer plays. IU also had 17 TD drives of five plays or fewer.
The Hoosiers ran one play every 20.3 seconds.
Thirty-seven of Indiana's final 44 scoring drives (29 TDs) and 44 overall (34 TDs) took three minutes or less.
IU made significant strides in several categories from 2011 (2012 listed first):
Points: 30.8 - 21.4
Passing Yards: 311.2 - 199.4
Total Yards: 442.0 - 360.4
Completion %: 61.3 - 55.8
Plays: 78.3 - 72.5
Indiana had 24 passing touchdowns, which tied for second in the Big Ten, after throwing just 10 in all of 2011, and it had 46 total touchdowns after recording just 31 in 2011.
The Hoosiers had 31 70-plus yard scoring drives in 2012 after totaling just 18 in 2011.
Despite trailing its opponents in time of possession (26:31-33:29), Indiana led its opponents in plays per game (78.3-75.8) and was nearly even in first downs per game (22.8-24.0).
Climbing The Charts
Three Hoosiers sit in the school's career top 10 in several categories. Below is where they rank:
T-3rd - Field Goals (44)
4th - Extra Points (105)
6th - Points (237)
6th - Rushing TDs (20)
7th - Total TDs (24)
7th - Kick Return Yards (1,195)
Five Hoosiers will have the opportunity to reach 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in 2013. Only 18 players have ever obtained both milestones in their Indiana careers.
Senior WR Kofi Hughes (85, 1,217)
Senior TE Ted Bolser (82, 1,017)
Junior WR>Shane Wynn (87, 857)
Senior WR Duwyce Wilson (72, 935)
Junior WR Cody Latimer (63, 946)
Bolser became the third tight end in school history and the 36th player overall to reach 1,000 career receiving yards in 2012, joining Bob Stephenson (1,252 from 1978-81) and Dave Lilja (1,045 from 1984-86). His 1,017 yards are 35th all-time, his nine TDs are an Indiana tight end record, and his 82 receptions are second to Stephenson (115) on the tight ends list.
Hughes became the 35th Hoosier to surpass the 1,000-yard career mark and is 24th all-time with his 1,217 yards.
All-Big Ten Honors
Indiana senior defensive tackle Adam Replogle and sophomore wide receiver Cody Latimer earned second team All-Big Ten honors in 2012.
Seven additional Hoosiers received honorable mention recognition. The nine honorees were the most for the IU program since 2001, when 12 Hoosiers collected league laurels.
Replogle earned second team accolades from the conference coaches and media, while Latimer was recognized as a second-teamer by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches.
Junior tight end Ted Bolser (coaches and media), junior kicker>Mitch Ewald (media), true freshman right guard Dan Feeney (coaches and media), junior safety Greg Heban (media), fifth-year senior center Will Matte (media), true freshman left tackle Jason Spriggs (coaches and media) and sophomore wide receiver>Shane Wynn (media) were honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Indiana's six honorees on offense and three honorees on the offensive line were also the most since the 2001 team had eight and five, respectively.
Hoosiers Host Eight Games
For the third time in school history, the Indiana football team will open the season on a Thursday night at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers will host Indiana State on Thursday, Aug. 29.
IU is 2-0 in Thursday season openers at Memorial Stadium, defeating Eastern Kentucky in 2009 and Towson in 2010.
The Indiana State game is the first of eight home contests in 2013 and marks the second time in school history the program will host eight games (2008).
Navy makes its first trip to Bloomington since 1986 on Sept. 7. The Hoosiers have won both meetings between the two programs at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana faces Bowling Green for the first time on Sept. 14 and wraps up the non-conference schedule against Missouri on Sept. 21. IU is 6-2-2 all-time against the Tigers, including a 20-10 home victory the last time the two teams met on Sept. 26, 1992.
Following a bye week, the Hoosiers open Big Ten play against Penn State on Oct. 5. Indiana will host Minnesota (Nov. 2) and Illinois (Nov. 9) before closing out the regular season and battling Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket on Nov. 30.
Youth Was Served
Kevin Wilson has made it no secret that he is not afraid to play true freshmen, and he has certainly lived up to his word. Indiana played 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 nation.
IU played 11 true freshmen and five redshirt freshmen in 2012.
In 2012, 24 of the 35 starters were underclassmen - 13 on offense and 11 on defense - including 21 sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two true freshmen.
Indiana only had eight seniors on its 2012 roster, tied for the fewest in the country. Of the eight, only five came to Bloomington on scholarship.
Of the 105 players invited to 2012 camp, 76 were underclassmen (72.4 percent), 39 were freshmen (37.1) and 32 were true freshmen (30.5).