August 25, 2003
START ME UP
The Indiana football team kicks off its 116th season when it travels to Hartford, Conn., to face off against Connecticut.
Saturday's game will mark the first contest ever played at UConn's brand new stadium, Rentschler Field, and will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
HOOSIERS IN SEASON OPENERS
Through the years, Indiana has compiled a 68-40-7 record in season openers.
Under Gerry DiNardo, the Hoosiers are 1-0 in season openers, having defeated William & Mary at Memorial Stadium last season.
INDIANA'S LAST TEN SEASON OPENERS
2002 William & Mary W, 25-17
2001 at N.C. State L, 14-35
2000 N.C. State L, 38-41
1999 Ball State W, 21-9
1998 Western Michigan W, 45-30
1997 at North Carolina L, 6-23
1996 at Toledo W, 40-6
1995 Western Michigan W, 24-10
1994 Cincinnati W, 28-3
1993 Toledo W, 27-0
HOOSIERS IN ROAD OPENERS
Through the years, Indiana has compiled a 29-72-3 record in road openers. The Hoosiers have lost their last six road openers. The last time Indiana won its road opener was in 1996 under head coach Bill Mallory, when the Hoosiers pounded Toledo, 40-6.
INDIANA'S LAST TEN ROAD OPENERS
2002 at Utah L, 13-40
2001 at N.C. State L, 14-35
2000 at Kentucky L, 34-41
1999 at Penn State L, 24-45
1998 at Kentucky L, 27-31
1997 at North Carolina L, 6-23
1996 at Toledo W, 40-6
1995 at Northwestern L, 7-31
1994 at Kentucky W, 59-29
1993 at Minnesota W, 23-19
Saturday's contest marks the first-ever meeting between Indiana and Connecticut.
INDIANA VS. INDEPENDENTS
With UConn still an Independent school until it joins the Big East in 2004, it bears mentioning that Indiana has compiled a 7-23-1 record all-time against independent schools.
All but two of those contests were played against in-state foe Notre Dame, with the Hoosiers putting together a 5-23-1 all-time record against the Fighting Irish.
The remaining two games were a pair of wins against Navy.
The last time Indiana played an independent team was on August 7, 1991, when Notre Dame handed the Hoosiers a 49-27 defeat in South Bend.
INDIANA TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior running back Brian Lewis and senior safety Joe Gonzalez were selected by their teammates as team captains for 2003.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Indiana will face five of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Preseason top 25. The Hoosiers face No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan, No. 19 Washington, No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Penn State. There are just four schools in the country (Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina) who face more preseason top 25 teams than the Hoosiers and all four face a total of six ranked teams.
ASTROPLAY IS THE WAY
Indiana made the decision to change its grass playing surface in the offseason. The contract was awarded to AstroPlay for $446,000 and it includes a ten-year guarantee from the company. AstroPlay fields look and play like optimum grass fields, yet they offer even more advantages: all-weather performance, durability and safety. The surface is tufted polyethylene fibers with a rubber in-fill on top of a pad.
ARTIFICIAL TURF AROUND THE BIG TEN
Illinois - AstroPlay/Game and Indoor Practice field
Iowa - Prestige on one practice field
Michigan - FieldTurf on game and indoor practice field
Michigan State - AstroPlay on indoor practice field
Minnesota - AstroPlay on 2.5 practice fields
Northwestern - AstroTURF on indoor practice field
Ohio State - AstroPlay on indoor practice field
Penn State - AstroTURF on indoor practice field
Purdue - AstroTURF on indoor practice field
Wisconsin - FieldTurf on game and indoor Practice field
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PLAYERS
Indiana's roster features four international players.
Tyson Beattie, P Attadale, Australia
Paul Hearn, OL Calgary, Canada
Martin Lapostolle, DT Montreal, Canada
Ben Ishola, DE Berlin, Germany
In addition, defensive end Victor Adeyanju spent much of his childhood in Nigeria before his family moved to Chicago.
INDIANA'S SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS
Indiana will take the field on Saturday with 64 players on scholarship.
The low numbers come as a result of injuries and attrition.
With only five scholarship seniors on the 2003 roster and an incoming recruiting class of 25 scholarship players, it won't be until the 2004 season when Indiana is at the NCAA-maximum of 85 scholarship players on the roster.
The roster breakdown includes the following:
Year Total Schol. Walk-Ons
Seniors 8 5 3
Juniors 22 17 5
Sophomores 19 14 5
R. Freshmen 16 8 8
Freshmen 37 20 17
Totals 102 64 38
Total Schol. Walk-Ons
Offense 45 29 16
Defense 49 32 17
Specialists 8 3 5
Totals 102 64 38
SMALL SENIOR CLASS
Indiana has just eight seniors on its roster: Adam Braucher (K), Matt Calvert (S), Matt Foss (S) Joe Gonzalez (S), Glenn Johnson (WR), Brian Lewis (RB), Duane Stone (CB) and Courtney Young (DL). The eight players, five of which are scholarship players, have combined to play in 171 career games and make 53 starts.
LOVECCHIO LOOMS LARGE
Junior quarterback Matt LoVecchio makes his Indiana debut on Saturday.
LoVecchio sat out last season after transferring from Notre Dame and spent the 2002 season running the scout team offense.
MATT LOVECCHIO'S CAREER STATS
Year G/GS Att. Comp. Int. Yds. TD
2001 7-2 69 34 4 287 1
2000 8-7 125 73 1 980 11
Career 15-9 194 107 5 1267 12
Year No. Yds. Avg. TD Long
2001 18 -17 -0.9 0 9
2002 72 300 4.2 2 35
Career 90 283 3.1 2 35
LOVECCHIO IN EXCLUSIVE FRATERNITY
Having taken the Irish to the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, Matt LoVecchio is one of only four active collegiate quarterbacks to have started in a BCS bowl game.
ACTIVE QBs WHO HAVE STARTED BCS BOWL GAMES
Brock Berlin Miami
(2000 Orange Bowl while at Florida)
Craig Krenzel Ohio State
(2003 Fiesta Bowl)
Matt LoVecchio Indiana
(2001 Fiesta Bowl while at ND)
Fabian Walker Florida State
(2003 Sugar Bowl)
IN A POSITION TO SHINE
Playing in Al Borges' West Coast Offense, LoVecchio figures to be one of the Big Ten's premier passing quarterbacks this year.
Last year's Indiana squad established a new school record with 3,020 passing yards while playing with two quarterbacks that had no significant prior experience as collegiate quarterbacks.
Now with LoVecchio at the helm and the top five receivers returning, the IU passing game could be an explosive one.
RECEIVING CORPS ONE OF BIG TEN'S MOST PRODUCTIVE
Indiana's group of wide receivers broke through last year and established a new school record for receiving yardage.
The top five receivers return from last season, with junior Courtney Roby and senior Glenn Johnson headlining the group.
The 2002 season saw Roby and Johnson became the first Hoosier duo to each catch more than 50 passes in the same season.
Roby had 59 catches for 1,039 yards and four touchdowns, with Johnson adding 53 catches for 837 yards and five touchdowns.
Roby's 85.6 receiving yards per Big Ten game ranked second in the conference, behind only Michigan State's Charles Rogers.
ROBY AND JOHNSON IN COMPARISON TO THE BIG TEN'S BEST DUOS IN 2002
Courtney Roby and Glenn Johnson combined to make 112 catches for 1,876 yards nine touchdowns in 2002.
That made them the second-most potent receiver combination in the Big Ten last year, behind Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford.
Both Roby and Johnson finished in the top 10 in the conference in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.
HOOSIER GROUND ATTACK WITHOUT ITS LEADER
Indiana takes the field in 2003 without its leading rusher from a year ago in Yamar Washington, as he tore his ACL in practice the day before the Spring Game.
Washington, one of only two running backs on the 2002 Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Ohio State's Maurice Clarett being the other), is out for the season after carrying the ball 174 times for 688 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
LEWIS A GOOD OPTION
Although the loss of Washington would appear to be a huge one, Indiana still has a potent weapon in senior Brian Lewis, who made four starts last year and finished the season with 104 carries for 458 yards.
Lewis' best game came against an Iowa defense that finished the season ranked fifth in the nation against the run. He carried the ball 25 times for 121 yards against a Hawkeye defense that allowed its opponents an average of only 81.9 rushing yards per game on the year.
BRIAN LEWIS' CAREER RUSHING STATS
Year G/S Att. Yds. Avg. Long TD
2002 6/4 104 458 4.4 32 0
2001 11/1 21 92 4.4 17 1
2000 11/5 67 373 5.6 43 3
Career 28/10 192 923 4.8 43 4
FULLBACK A FACTOR
Sophomore fullback John Pannozzo figures into the Hoosiers' offensive attack as well. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native sees most of his touches come on pass receptions, as opposed to carries.
Pannozzo burst onto the scene as a true freshman last year with two touchdown receptions in the season opener against William & Mary.
He finished the season with 26 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns. His 258 receiving yards were the most by an IU fullback since 1997. Pannozzo carried the ball four times for 16 yards.
HOOSIERS SOLID AT TIGHT END
Junior tight end Aaron Halterman is one of the most reliable parts of the offensive attack. Standing 6-4 and weighing 256 pounds, he has the size to be an effective blocker, and still managed to make 27 catches for 292 yards and a touchdown in 2002. Halterman's 27 catches was the most by an IU tight end since 1992
LAYING IT ON THE LINE
Indiana's offensive line is led by junior guard Chris Jahnke and a pair of sophomores in guard Adam Hines and tackle Isaac Sowells.
Jahnke started every game in 2002, showing remarkable flexibility by making nine starts at center, one at guard and two at tackle.
Hines, the vocal leader of the group despite being a true sophomore, gained 18 pounds in the offseason and is looking to build on his streak of 10 consecutive starts.
It can be argued that Sowells is the most important key to the success of the Indiana offense this year. Sowells gets the starting nod at left tackle and is charged with protecting the blind side of quarterback Matt LoVecchio. A bright and intelligent person, Sowells has gotten rave reviews from the coaching staff during the spring and in fall camp. He gained 11 pounds of muscle in the offseason and will be a player to watch, as he has never started a collegiate game.
MORE FROM THE LINE
Rounding out the starting offensive line are sophomore Brandon Hatcher and freshman Justin Frye, neither have which have started a game in their respective careers.
Hatcher has been on the field for a total of 24 snaps in his career, while Frye is makes his collegiate debut after redshirting last year.
Frye has worked extremely hard in the weight room and has put on 40 pounds since coming to Bloomington.
OFFENSIVE LINE MVP?
Even when compared to the other positions on the roster, it is clear just on first sight that the offensive linemen as a group have added on significant and very visible amounts of muscle from the 2002 season to now.
A big reason for this breakthrough is Indiana strength coach Mark Wateska, who along with his staff have gotten the linemen beefed up with lean muscle.
Following is a list of the starting linemen and their weights listed at the beginning of last season and their current weights.
Player 2002 Weight 2003 Weight
Isaac Sowells 266 310
Adam Hines 270 301
Brandon Hatcher 280 296
Chris Jahnke 305 305
Justin Frye 250 290
IN THE TRENCHES
The defensive line is another area where the Hoosiers have physically gotten bigger. The likely starters on the D-line are sophomore end Victor Adeyanju, junior tackles Martin Lapostolle and Jodie Clemons and freshman end Kenny Kendal.
Adeyanju is one of Indiana's best physical specimens, standing 6-4 and carrying a remarkably athletic 259-pound frame. He started the last 10 games of the 2002 season, making 33 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks.
Clemons saw more game action than any of the defensive linemen last year, being on the field for 870 snaps. Clemons entered the 2002 season weighing 266 pounds. He is now up to 275.
Lapostolle showed a good amount of flexibility last year, seeing time at both linebacker and defensive tackle. He has been a player that has drawn good reviews from the coaching staff as far as improvement is concerned.
Kendal has the potential to have the biggest impact of any of IU's newcomers. After redshirting last season, Kendal came out of the gates in the spring and was one of the most productive players on the Indiana defense.
NEWCOMERS A KEY AT LINEBACKER
Linebacker is a position that will rely heavily on newcomers to contribute immediately. Junior Kevin Smith and sophomore Kyle Killion are back as the only returning scholarship players.
Newcomers challenging for playing time at linebacker include junior Josh Moore (Hamden, Conn./Valley Forge Military), freshman Cleo Harbison (Nashville, Tenn./Milford (Conn.) Academy and freshman Jake Powers (Danville, Ind./Danville). Walk-on Casey Nowinski, a former all-state wide receiver from Andrean HS in Merrillville, Ind., could also see some time on the field.
The strength of the Indiana defense lies in the safety position, where senior Joe Gonzalez and junior Herana-Daze Jones reside.
Gonzalez was a 2002 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection and started each of the Hoosiers' first three games last year before undergoing surgery for a hernia. Gonzalez was granted a medical redshirt and is back as a team captain and the unquestioned leader of the defense.
Jones is an interesting figure in that he makes the switch from linebacker to strong safety. Jones was the team's second-leading tackler in 2002 with 108 tackles. His total included 11.5 tackles for loss.
JUST KICKING IT
Junior kicker Bryan Robertson handles the kickoff and placekicking duties. Robertson converted on 9-of-13 field goals last year, including a 6-for-7 effort from 40 yards and beyond.
Freshman Tyson Beattie will handle the punting duties after redshirting last year. A native of Attadale, Australia, Beattie has a background in Australian Rules Football, and hails from the same hometown as San Diego Chargers All-Pro punter Darren Bennett.
IU COACHES IN YEAR TWO
Head Coach Gerry DiNardo's three wins last season was the most by a first-year IU head coach since 1958 (Phil Dickens with five). Following is a look are how IU head coaches have done in their first two seasons in Bloomington:
Coach Year One Year Two
Gerry DiNardo 3-9 --
Cam Cameron 2-9 4-7
Bill Mallory 0-11 4-7
Lee Corso 2-9 1-10
John Pont 2-8 1-8-1
Phil Dickens 5-3-1 4-4-1
Bernie Crimmins 2-7 2-7
Clyde Smith 2-7 1-8
Bo McMillin 3-3-2 4-3-1
Billy Hayes 4-5-1 3-4-1
Pat Page 3-5 3-4-1
William Ingram 3-4 4-4
Ewald Stiehm 2-4-1 5-2
Clarence Childs 3-4 3-3-1
James Sheldon 8-1-1 4-2
James Horne 4-1-2 6-2
Madison Gonterman 6-2 6-1-1
TRENT GREEN GIVES BACK
The Indiana Football locker oom will receive a facelift for the 2003 season, thanks to the generosity of former Hoosier and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and his wife, and IU alum, Julie (Lentz) Green. The Greens donated the funds to remodel the football locker room at Memorial Stadium this summer.
"My wife (Julie) and I have always wanted to give back to the University. This was a great way for us to do it. It's something we both feel strongly about," Trent Green said. "We just wanted to help be a part of that and get Indiana Football back to a place where we're going to bowl games, winning football games and generating excitement, not only around Bloomington, but also around the entire state in an effort to fill the stadium back up."
The facelift to the original 1986 facility will include renovating and modernizing the existing space with new carpeting, lighting and a new bulkhead ceiling along with the installation of custom-built oak wood lockers for 105 football players.
Trent Green, a 1992 graduate from the Kelley School of Business, ranks fourth on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 5,400 career yards. He is also fourth on the school's all-time all-purpose yardage list with 5,916 and ninth with 20 career rushing touchdowns.