Lewis and Gonzalez Named Captains

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    August 21, 2003

    Bloomington, Ind. - Seniors Brian Lewis and Joe Gonzalez were elected as team captains by their teammates on Wednesday evening.

    Gonzalez, a 6-0, 209-pound free safety returns for his fifth season after redshirting last year due to a hernia.

    He moves to free safety, a position he played his freshman season, after spending the last two years at the strong safety spot.

    He was one of Indiana's leaders last year before going down with the injury three games into the season.

    The Avon Lake, Ohio native played in 253 snaps of game action despite only playing in those three games. He saw a season-high 92 snaps against the Utah Utes.

    In his abbreviated 2002 campaign he had 18 tackles and recorded his first career interception in the opener against William & Mary. In his final game of the season at Kentucky he picked off his second pass and ran it back for a touchdown from 36 yards out. It marked the first interception return by a Hoosier in five seasons.

    Seven times over his career, Gonzalez has recorded seven or more tackles in a game, including a career-high 14 at Utah last year.

    He had his best season in 2001, when as a junior he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. He started 10 games at the strong safety slot and picked up 65 tackles, five for loss and also broke up five passes. He was also selected to the Verizon Academic All-District V team that year.

    Gonzalez served as the team's fifth defensive back in his sophomore season playing in all 11 games. As a true freshman he was the back-up free safety and saw action in all 11 games. He was one of just six true freshmen to play that year.

    Gonzalez came to Indiana from one of the country's premier high school football programs in St. Ignatius. He earned first-team All-State from the Ohio Football Report and also played in the "Big 33" All-Star Classic, which pits the top players from Ohio against the top players from Pennsylvania. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior (1997) and senior (1998) campaigns as well as recording over 100 tackles as a senior. He also competed in track and baseball.

    Gonzalez, who represented IU at the NCAA Leadership Conference this past spring, is a Finance/Accounting major who has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of the last three seasons. The son of Eduardo and Jenna Gonzalez was born on June 13, 1981 in Miami, Florida. He has three siblings.

    Lewis, a 5-7, 210-pound running back returns for his fifth-year. He is the team's active career rushing leader with 923 yards on a team-high 192 carries.

    Lewis battled injuries last season, his redshirt junior campaign, playing in six games, making three starts. He came out of fall camp as the starter at running back and started in the opener against William & Mary. He carried the ball a career-high 25 times and made three catches for a combined 112 yards. But, Lewis missed the next two games with a shoulder injury.

    He returned to the IU lineup against Central Michigan as the second-team running back and gained 101 yards on 16 carries. He once again split time against Ohio State before regaining the starting job against Wisconsin. He held the starting role against Iowa and tallied 121 yards on a career-high 25 carries. He started at Illinois and suffered a thumb injury against the Illini which forced him to miss the final four games of the year.

    The St. Louis, Missouri native played a total of 303 snaps of game action last year. He saw 25 or more snaps in all six games he played in, including a season-high 77 against Wisconsin. He had a career-high 458 yards rushing and registered over 100 all-purpose yards in four of the six games he played in.

    Lewis saw limited action as a redshirt sophomore (2001) with just 21 carries. He was a factor in the Indiana offense as a redshirt freshman (2000) starting five times, and recording 426 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.

    Before coming to Indiana, Lewis prepped at Pattonville High School. He was recognized as one of the nation's top 100 players by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report in 1999, and was the 22nd-best player in the country by The Sporting News. He rushed for over 1,000 yards his last three seasons in high school, racking up 4,954 rushing yards and 5,646 all-purpose yards. Lewis had 25 games of 100 yards or more. He earned All-State recognition after his sophomore (1996) and junior (1997) season. Lewis also competed in track and field at Pattonville.

    Lewis is an Exercise Science-Kinesiology major. He was born on March 2, 1980.




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