Inside The 2009 Hoosiers
Aug. 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With under a month to go until the season opener and two practices in the books, IUHoosiers.com is taking a look inside the 2009 Indiana football team. The Hoosiers open their 125th year with the first Thursday evening game in Memorial Stadium history against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3.
138,000 square footage of the newly-completed North End Zone facility. The two-year project, which was completed in July, features bowl seating with an outdoor club seating area that encloses the North end of Memorial Stadium. A new weight room, staff offices, position meeting rooms, administration offices and Hall of Champions highlight the interior of the structure and addresses several critical needs for not only the football program, but the entire department of athletics.
25,000 square footage of the new strength and conditioning center in the North End Zone facility. It is the largest weight room in the nation. The center is located on the bottom level of the new facility with glass windows looking out to the field. It is nearly five times the size of the previous weight room and all Hoosier varsity sports will have access to the center.
22,000 square footage of the new academic center in the football complex. Previously located in a 3,000 square foot area in Assembly Hall, the new center is located on the East side of Memorial Stadium. The academic center adds state-of-the-art technology and equipment as well as nearly 20,000 square feet.
523 total receiving yards for true freshmen Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher in 2008, the second-highest total for a true freshmen pair in school history. The duo of O.J. Conner and Tyron Browning combined for 887 yards in 1997. Doss and Belcher's 39 receptions rank third among true freshmen pairings behind Conner and Browning (52) and John Pannozzo and Tyke Spencer (43 in 2002).
337 receiving yards for Damarlo Belcher in 2008. That total ranks third in IU history among true freshmen. He also caught 25 passes.
189 combined receiving yards for true freshmen Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher in the Hoosiers' win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern. They set an Indiana true freshmen record with the yardage. Doss also became the first IU true freshman since O.J. Conner in 1997 and just the third true freshman (fourth time) in Hoosier history to reach the century mark, as he hauled in a career-high eight receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
73 public appearances head coach Bill Lynch made during the offseason. Lynch toured the state of Indiana and hit students especially hard, as he visited 19 Greek houses in April.
36.5 career sacks between senior defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton. No duo in the country owns a higher total. Middleton ranks fourth on the Indiana career list with 20, while Kirlew is a half-sack out of fifth place with 16.5. Kirlew also shares fourth all-time with 37 career tackles for loss.
35 scholarship upperclassmen on the Hoosier roster, the highest total since 2001 (36). Seventeen scholarship seniors and 18 scholarship juniors appear on the roster. Thirty-two of the players are listed on the preseason depth chart or will provide significant playing time in 2009.
16 starters returning in 2009. On the defensive side of the ball, nine starters return, eight of whom are upperclassmen and seven of whom are seniors. The offense returns six starters, including five upperclassmen and three seniors. Indiana returns 48 letterwinners overall.
8 different starting lineups used on the offensive line in 2008, including seven different lineups over the final seven weeks.
6 players changed positions this spring. Most notably, senior Ray Fisher switched from wide receiver to cornerback. Two other wideouts - Shane Covington and Kyle Dietrick - joined Fisher in the defensive backfield at safety. Jarrod Smith and Milton Owens made the switch over from the offensive line to defensive tackle, while Darius Johnson moved from linebacker to defensive end. Trea Burgess opened the spring at linebacker before he returned to his previous position of running back early on in spring practice.
5 games where the score was within one possession in the fourth quarter last season. Indiana finished 1-4 in those five games, with its lone victory coming over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern, 21-19. In its four losses, IU trailed Ball State, 28-20, Michigan State, 36-29, Minnesota, 13-7, and led Central Michigan, 34-31, in the final stanza.
3 Mitchell Evans has played three positions in his brief Hoosier career. He arrived to Indiana as a true freshman quarterback during 2007 preseason camp. Evans moved to safety and played the entire 2007 season at the position. He played quarterback during 2008 spring practice and opened preseason camp there before moving to his current position of wide receiver. Evans saw action at wideout most of 2008, but he also played quarterback against Central Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.
1 the Hoosiers will face Eastern Kentucky and Virginia for the first time in program history. Indiana opens the season with the first Thursday night game in Memorial Stadium history against EKU on Sept. 3. IU travels to Charlottesville, Va., to face the Cavaliers on Oct. 10.
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