Chappell, Kirlew and Patterson to Represent IU at Kickoff Luncheon
July 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior quarterback Ben Chappell, senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew and senior linebacker Will Patterson will represent the Hoosiers at the 2009 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, held Tuesday, July 28, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The 38th annual event, which also features IU head coach Bill Lynch and the conference's other head coaches, begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. CT, with comments from all 11 coaches.
Chappell took over the reigns at quarterback in the spring and will lead the Hoosiers in 2009. Chappell played in 11 contests with three starts last season and threw for 1,001 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
He completed 52.3 percent of his passes (80-of-153) and carded a 111.95 efficiency rating while recording starts at Illinois and against Northwestern and Wisconsin. In the team's victory over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern, the Bloomington South graduate threw a 43-yard touchdown, rushed for another and went 21-of-34 (61.8) for a career-high 219 yards.
Kirlew was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award in 2008. He earned first team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second team by the league's coaches and collected honorable mention SI.com All-American honors.
He also secured second team Rivals.com All-Big Ten and received the team's Anthony Thompson MVP Award, outstanding defensive lineman award and defensive player of the year honors. Kirlew finished the season with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, both ranked fourth on Indiana's single-season list. Additionally he was second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in sacks and third in the league and sixth nationally in tackles for loss.
Patterson, who missed spring practice with a wrist injury, was named captain prior to the 2008 campaign and finished fourth on the team with 55 tackles (42 solos) despite missing nearly three games with a knee injury. He is second on the team since the 2006 season with 200 total tackles (Austin Thomas, 2002) and first with 127 solos. Patterson started nine games at weak-side linebacker and posted 8.5 tackles for loss, which shared second on the club, with one interception and one fumble recovery.
The trio will report to preseason camp on Thursday, August 6, with spring practice slated to start on Friday, August 7. The Hoosiers kick off the 2009 campaign with their first-ever meeting against Eastern Kentucky at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. It marks the first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium's history.
To order season tickets, contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com.
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