Weekly Press Release for Game Against N.C. State

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    Weekly Release #1:
    Indiana (0-0) at N.C. State (0-0)

    Indiana at North Carolina State

    Thursday, September 6, 2001

    Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N. C.
    6:38 p.m. EST/7:38 p.m. EDT

    ESPN National Broadcast

    Indiana (0-0) at North Carolina State (0-0)
    When: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001; 6:38 p.m. EST
    Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
    Television: ESPN National Broadcast
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 13-31, fifth season
    N.C State's Chuck Amato: 8-4, second season
    Series History: North Carolina State leads 3-0
    Last Game: NCSU 41, IU 38 in 2000
    Indiana in Season Openers: 67-39-7
    Cameron Teams in Season Openers: 2-2
    Indiana vs. non-conference opponents under Cam Cameron: 5-7
    Indiana vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference: 4-7
    Cam Cameron vs. the ACC: 0-3

    The Game: Indiana opens its 2001 campaign with a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State at the newly renovated Carter-Finley Stadium. The Hoosiers opened the 2000 season in Bloomington at Memorial Stadium vs. the Wolfpack and despite early leads of 21-3 and 28-13, and a 38-26 advantage with less than 5:00 minutes remaining in the game, the Hoosiers fell to the eventual Bowl champions, 41-38. Seattle Seahawks first-round selection Koren Robinson scored on a 47-yard touchdown pass with :54 seconds remaining in the contest to provide the Wolfpack with the game-winning score. With :07 seconds remaining in the game, senior kicker Andy Payne lined up for a game-tying field goal but the kick was blocked by Torrence Holt. Prior to last year's meeting, Indiana and North Carolina State had met two times previously. N. C. State won 27-0 in Raleigh in 1975 and 24-21 in Bloomington in 1976.

    The Broadcast Crew: For the second consecutive season, Indiana will open its season vs. North Carolina State on national television. This week's game will be broadcast on ESPN. Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst), Lee Corso (color analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline) will cover the action. Corso was the head coach at Indiana from 1973-82 and ranks third in school history in career wins with 41. Indiana head coach Cam Cameron was a quarterback on Corso's Indiana squads.

    Indiana's New Faces: Indiana's staff will feature two new coaches in 2001, both of whom have ties to North Carolina. Quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Gerald Carr joined the IU staff on January 21, 2001, after spending the 2000 campaign as the offensive coordinator of the AFL's Carolina Cobras. Prior to his stint in the Arena League, Carr was the wide receivers coach at Wake Forest in 1999. Carr has also coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (1995-98), the University of North Carolina (1992-94), Arizona (1991), Washington State (1989-90), Akron (1986-88), Davidson (1982-85), and Southern Illinois (1981). Also joining the IU staff is defensive tackles coach Diron Reynolds. The outside linebackers coach at Wake Forest from 1999-00, Reynolds played a linebacker for the Demon Deacons from 1989-93. His brother, Jamal, was a first-round selection of the Green Bay Packers in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Florida State.

    One of the Nation's Top Offensive Lines: Indiana's offensive line, which features senior center Craig Osika, juniors A.C. Myler and Enoch DeMar, and sophomore Anthony Oakley, was selected by Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Annual, as the third-best unit in the country. It was this unit that helped IU lead the Big Ten in rushing in 2000 (266.7 ypg) and allowed only nine sacks in 11 contests.

    It Certainly Looks the Part:
    The IU offense will certainly be as impressive physically as any team in the country. While making no comparison to their playing abilities, in terms of size, quarterback Tommy Jones (6-3.5, 236), fullback Jeremi Johnson (5-11, 255), and tailback Levron Williams (6-3.5, 228) would be like lining up a backfield with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (6-2, 225), Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (5-11, 255), and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (6-3, 240). Also, projected starting tight end Aaron Halterman is 6-5, 264, pounds and IU's projected starting offensive line is as follows: left tackle A.C. Myler (6-4, 325), left guards Anthony Oakley (6-3, 299) or Jamarkus Gorman (6-4, 309), center Craig Osika (6-4, 297), right guard Enoch DeMar (6-4, 306), and right tackles Bobby Brandt (6-7, 294) or Clay Stuart (6-5, 297).

    30+ Point Games: Indiana averaged 30.6 points per game in 2000, the second-highest total in school history. The Hoosiers have scored 30-or-more points in 13 of its last 22 games.

    One of the Most Amazing Stats: Every Indiana player who tallied more than one carry in 2000 averaged at least 5.0 yards per rush. Indiana averaged 5.6 yards per carry last fall, the second best average in the country trailing only the University of Nebraska. The list includes running back Levron Williams (7.1 ypc), quarterback Antwaan Randle El (5.8), fullback De'Wayne Hogan (5.7), fullback Jeremi Johnson (5.7), running back Brian Lewis (5.6) running back Rashon Myles (5.4), and quarterback Tommy Jones (5.0). All but Hogan return in 2001.

    The Randle El File: IU graduate Antwaan Randle El (B.A. Sport Communication/Broadcasting in August 01') is considered as one of the frontrunners for the 2001 Heisman Trophy. The Riverdale, Ill., product has played quarterback for the Hoosiers from 1998-00 and is expected to play wide receiver, quarterback, and return punts in 2001. He is the active career passing leader in the Big Ten and second on the active career rushing list in the conference:

    Active Big Ten Career Rushing Leaders
    1) Damien Anderson, Northwestern, 3,728 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 2,931 yards
    3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,626 yards
    4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,253 yards
    5) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,026 yards
    6) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 1,939 yards
    7) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 1,839 yards
    8) Levron Williams, Indiana, 1,694 yards

    Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
    1) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 5,805 yards
    2) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 5,466 yards
    3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 3,935 yards + frosh
    4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 2,992 yards
    5) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 2,653 yards
    6) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 2,321 yards

    Closing in on a Major Milestone: With 195 additional passing yards and 69 more rushing yards, Antwaan Randle El will become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 career yards and rush for 3,000 career yards. Randle El is one of only six players to record 4,000 career yards passing/2,000 career yards rushing. Current Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Brian Mitchell finished his career at La.-Lafayette with 5,447 yards passing and 3,335 yards rushing.

    For More Antwaan Information: For additional information on Randle El, the 2001 Indiana Football Yearbook contains an extensive biography on Randle El that begins on page 32. Also, you may access Antwaan's web site at www.athletics.indiana. edu/twaan4heisman.

    Getting Off to a Good Start: Indiana's defense did not allow an opponent to score a single point on an opening drive of any game in 2000.

    Looking for Better Finishes: In 2000, Indiana lost four games (vs. N.C. State, at Kentucky, vs. Penn State, at Illinois) that were decided in the final minute of play.

    Upgrading the Talent on the Defensive Side of the Football: Obviously, the IU football squad's most glaring weakness in 2000 was its defense. However, it looks as if help may be on the way. Antonio Watson and Willie Northern, both of whom participated in spring drills at IU and are presently in the two-deep, were the first- and third-rated defensive backs in the country as ranked by Superprep last winter. Northern spent one season playing wide receiver at Auburn. JUCO transfer Courtney Young enrolled at IU this summer after two seasons at San Francisco City College. The Bartow, Fla., product signed with Miami (Fla.) out of high school and will look to complement seniors Kemp Rasmussen (moved from DE to DT) and Dominique Smith at defensive tackle. Smith signed a letter-of-intent with Tennessee as a prep. Steve Williams, played extensively as a true freshman in 2000, has moved from defensive tackle to defensive end. Also, sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley, who played well as a true freshman in 1999, returns to the lineup after sitting out the entire 2000 campaign to concentrate on academics.

    Brotherly Love: Indiana senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen's brother, Kyle, is a sophomore starter at defensive tackle for the Michigan State Spartans.
    The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach John Harbaugh (brother of Detroit Lions quarterback Jim Harbaugh) has had the unique pleasure of coaching two of the finest dual-threat players in the college game, albeit one when he was in college and one in the pros. Harbaugh spent the 1997 season as the special teams coach at Indiana, Randle El's redshirt season. For the past two seasons, he has coached special teams ace Brian Mitchell, who along with Randle El, is the two most statistically productive dual-threat signal caller in college football history.

    The Coaches:
    North Carolina State's Chuck Amato:
    Born: June 26, 1946 in Easton, Pa.
    Family: Married to the former Peggy Jean Brown and has twin daughters, LuGina and Selena.
    Coaching Experience: College - North Carolina State (2000-present), Florida State assistant (1986-99), Arizona assistant (1980-81), North Carolina State assistant (1973-79), North Carolina State graduate assistant (1971-72); High School - Assistant at Easton (Pa.) High School (1969-70).
    Education: Graduated from Easton (Pa.) H.S.; Earned B.S. in mathematics education from N.C. State in 1969 and a master's in education in 1973.

    Indiana's Cam Cameron:
    Born: February 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
    Family: Married to Missy and the couple lives in Bloomington with their four children, Tommy, Danny, Christopher, and Elizabeth
    Coaching Experience: College: Indiana head coach (1997-present), Michigan assistant coach (1986-93), Michigan graduate assistant (1984-85); NFL: Washington Redskins asst. ('94-96).
    Education: Graduated from Terre Haute (Ind.) South H.S.; Earned a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana in 1983.

    Indiana's Connections to the State of North Carolina: Head coach Cam Cameron was born in Chapel Hill...Cam's stepfather, Tom Harp, was the head coach at Duke from 1966-70...linebacker coach Ron Burton played at the University of North Carolina (1982-86) and was a graduate assistant at UNC from 1992-94...defensive coordinator James Bell was the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest from 1997-99...first-year defensive tackles coach Diron Reynolds played linebacker at Wake Forest from 1989-93 and was the outside linebackers coach for the Demon Deacons from 1999-00...first-year quarterbacks coach Gerald Carr was the quarterbacks coach at North Carolina from 1992-94 and coached the wideouts at Wake Forest in 1999.

    Indiana Versus the ACC: Indiana has played 11 games against teams who are currently members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (4-7 record). The results are as follows: (* signifies IU home games)
    9/9/00: North Carolina State 41, Indiana 38
    9/11/99: North Carolina 42, Indiana 30
    9/6/97: North Carolina 23, Indiana 6
    12/31/86: Florida State 27, Indiana 13 (All-American Bowl)
    9/8/84: Duke 31, Indiana 24
    9/10/83:* Indiana 15, Duke 10
    10/4/80:* Indiana 31, Duke 21
    10/2/76:* North Carolina State 24, Indiana 21
    10/4/75: North Carolina State 27, Indiana 0
    1935: Indiana 13, Maryland 6
    1934: Indiana 17, Maryland 14

    Amato Faced Indiana Prior to the 2000 Season: Prior to the 2000 game between the Hoosiers and Wolfpack, North Carolina State head coach Chuck Amato faced Indiana in the 1986 All-American Bowl when he served as an assistant at Florida State. The Seminoles defeated the Hoosiers, 27-13.

    The Senator: Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Bayh may be one of the most politically connected players in college football. The Chevy Chase, Md., product is the son of Birch Bayh, who was Indiana's U.S. Senator from 1963-81 and Chris's half-brother, Evan, is currently a United States Senator. Bayh attended the Sidwell Friends School, the same high school attended by Al Gore III and Chelsea Clinton.

    Two-Sport Athletes: Indiana currently has two players on its roster who are two-sport athletes. Junior quarterback Gibran Hamdan started 49 games at first base for the Hoosiers in 2001 and hit .300 with 11 doubles and three home runs. Senior linebacker Brett Becks wrestled at 197 pounds for the Hoosiers in 2001 and finished with an 8-6 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. Senior wide receiver/quarterback Antwaan Randle El has also played basketball and baseball at different stages of his career and was a 14th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 1997 draft.

    The Graduates: In 2001, safety Greg Jensen, cornerback Marcus Floyd, Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith and Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan Randle El will compete as Indiana University graduates. Indiana is one of only 13 schools to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its exemplary football graduation rate in each of that organization's past three reports. Also, Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in Academic All-Big Ten recipients over the past two seasons with 28. The total is the best two-year total in school history.

    Indiana's Academic All-America Candidates: The Hoosiers will likely feature four Academic All-America candidates in 2001. The group will be paced by safety Joe Gonzalez who was a Verizon All-District V Football Team Member in 2000. Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Kemp Rasmussen, along with sophomore kicker Adam Braucher and redshirt freshman tight end Aaron Halterman may also be candidates.

    The Butkus Award Candidate: For the second consecutive year, Indianapolis (Warren Central H.S.) product Justin Smith has been named to the Watch List for the Butkus Award. This award, presented annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker, has a 69-member Watch List. Other Big Ten players named to the list include Michigan's Eric Brackens, Larry Foote and Victor Hobson; Northwestern's Kevin Bentley, Napoleon Harris, and Billy Silva; Ohio State's Joe Cooper and Matt Wilhelm; Michigan State's Josh Thornhill and Wisconsin's Nick Greisen. The 6-foot, 218-pound, Smith was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Indiana University this past spring and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of the past three seasons. On the playing field, Smith earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2000 as he started 11 games at outside linebacker and recorded 74 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He also was credited with 4 passes broken up and 2 forced fumbles. Smith earned Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors in a win over Iowa and was instrumental in IU's victory over Minnesota as he forced a fumble by QB Travis Cole on a thundering hit late in the fourth quarter. The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on October 18. Three finalists will be chosen on November 8 and the award will be presented on December 7.

    Justin, The Actor: Justin Smith spent his summer in Bloomington preparing for the season. While he lived in the weight room, he also spent some time on the stage. Smith performed in a four-person play called "Convergence." In this play, he played the conscience of Derek, the lead character in the play. The play ran during the month of August at the Indiana Memorial Union.

    Levron, The Artist: In senior running back Levron Williams's three seasons at IU, the first of which he spent as a wide receiver, he has rushed for 1,694 yards on only 240 carries. His 7.1 yards per carry average is one of the top marks in the history of the Big Ten. He also will likely have an opportunity to become one of only a select number of players who have rushed for 2,000 career yards and added 1,000 career yards receiving. In addition to his exploits on the playing field, Williams is also an outstanding artist who is becoming known for his drawings. Recently, he constructed a football helmet out of limestone.

    The Nation's Top-Rated Junior Fullback: Jeremi Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound, fullback from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., has been recognized by as the top junior fullback in the country. He ranked fifth among all fullbacks, trailing only seniors. Johnson, who dropped his playing weight 20 pounds from 275 to 255 during the spring and summer months, has rushed for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns during his career, to go along with 21 catches for 173 yards and one score.

    The All-Airport Team: College football teams throughout the country are featuring bigger players and Indiana is no exception. The Hoosiers feature three offensive linemen who are 6-foot-7 or taller, including 6-foot-8.5" redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jason Fryar and 6-foot-8" Brett Taylor. IU's receiving corps includes 6-foot-7.5" Michael Robinson and 6-foot-4" Travis Haney and running back Levron Williams is among the tallest tailbacks in the country as he measures in at 6-foot-3.5".
    An International Influence: The 2001 edition of the football Hoosiers will have an international flavor as true freshman linebacker Martin Lapostolle prepped at Cegep du Vieux in Montreal, Quebec. Also, junior quarterback Gibran Hamdan was raised in Kuwait. His family was forced to leave the country when, while vacationing in San Diego, their home in Kuwait was destroyed by United States armed forces. He attended Bishop O'Connell High School in North Potomac, Md.

    The Kick-off Part II: The last time Indiana played in the state of North Carolina was in 1997 when the Hoosiers opened their season against the UNC Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. To settle on his placekicker, head coach Cam Cameron held a kick-off in warm-ups prior to the game and redshirt freshman placekicker Andy Payne defeated junior Michael Irving and sophomore soccer player Brad Griggs in the pregame field goal competition. He went on to make both of his field goal attempts (35 and 32 yards) during the game. While it is unlikely that Cameron will attempt another kick-off competition prior to Thursday's game at N.C. State, there has been a stiff competition between sophomore Adam Braucher and true freshman Bryan Robertson. Both have been very impressive during fall drills and have displayed range anywhere inside of 60 yards. Robertson holds the Indiana H.S. state record with a 61-yard field goal, which he recorded as a junior in 1999.

    Position Changes: Late in training camp, head coach Cam Cameron moved sophomore Colin Christopher from offensive guard to defensive tackle and redshirt freshman Jason Fryar from defensive tackle to offensive tackle. Both return to positions they manned earlier in their respective careers.

    Playing Experience on the Offense: Among Indiana's potential starters in the season opener at N.C. State, the Hoosiers have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (22 games played/11 games started, 11/11 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (11GP/11GS), C Craig Osika (32/27, 11/11 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (22/22), RT Bobby Brandt (22/11, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (22G/5GS), RB Levron Williams (30 GP/23GS), WR Antwaan Randle El (33/33), WR Glenn Johnson, (8/0), QB Tommy Jones (9/0), and TE Aaron Halterman (RF).

    "The Quote Page"

    Head coach Cam Cameron on his expectations for the 2001 campaign: "This will be our best football team at Indiana. The bottom line is you've got to have some talent, and this is going to be our most talented team. So it starts with that. The measuring stick is really pretty simple, at this point, for our program. From an integrity standpoint, we're really pleased with how we run our program. From a graduation standpoint, we're please with all that. But the bottom line is you have to win. I don't care what they pay us; I don't care how long your contract is; you get tired of losing. And so we're going to measure this season on our ability to win. That's why we do what we do. We don't go out there to just have a job. We're not in this deal to participate in Division I football and be a member of the Big Ten Conference. You're in this thing to win. You're in this thing to win championships; you're in this thing to win bowl games. You need to do those other things, like graduate players. That's our style. But our style needs to start winning." - Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, Chicago, Ill., 8/1/01.

    First-year quarterbacks coach Gerald Carr on the IU quarterback situation: "I'm not afraid to put any of the three into the football game," said Carr about Tommy Jones, Antwaan Randle El, and Gibran Hamdan. "I have no qualms at all." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/22/01.

    Said Carr about Randle El:
    "I understand why Antwaan is as good as he is, now that I've been around him. He's not the biggest guy. He's not the fastest guy. But I'll tell you what, he has the heart of a lion." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/22/01.

    Said offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Hal Hunter about the IU defense: "This is my 24th college camp, and I think it's fair to say I understand football, and I can tell you Indiana's defense is making strides. I mean, I'll tell you what, I'm excited about the defense. I've been really impressed. I'm really excited about some of the younger talent that's coming up, and I'm excited about some of the older, veteran guys who have taken their game to the next level." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/19/01.

    Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Thompson on the IU running backs: "I told the guys that this is the best group of backs that we've had since we've been here, I really believe that. We have a lot of variety. We have strong guys. We have quick guys. We have speed guys. It's just a great variety." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/20/01.

    Thompson on the competition at running back: "It's like the 100-meter dash. As soon as you look back, somebody is going to pass you up. The best guys will play. I said, `Hey, I love all you guys, but the best guys will play.' Guys who give us the best chance to win will play. Period." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/20/01.

    Junior quarterback Tommy Jones on wide receiver Antwaan Randle El: "Antwaan's helped me out, and it was a big choice for him to return (to school). Nights are a little easier with him at receiver. He can catch anything." - Indiana Daily Student, 8/22/01.

    Randle El on returning to IU for his senior season: "It's fun. It's not like I'm coming back to something terrible. I feel like no matter what, we can win with this team, and this is the year we're going to win. If I leave, it's a good situation. If I stay, it's a good situation. But what am I getting if I leave? If I leave, I don't finish my college degree. If I stay, I get my college degree, I can come back and improve my NFL status and take this team to a bowl game. Now it's time to win those games in the last minute. We lost five games in the last minute last year, man. That killed us." - The Sporting News, 7/9/01.

    Cameron on the emergence of Tommy Jones and the move of Antwaan Randle El from quarterback to wide receiver: "The issue in my mind is not so much Antwaan and Tommy, but that we have other guys who can play. We can take some pressure off our quarterbacks. We don't need to be a one- or two-man show anymore." - Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel, 8/22/01.

    Randle El on the IU defense: "We know it's going to be a different defense, just from what we've seen in the spring. We got some knuckleheads off the defense that hurt us last year a lot. I say that, but I mean it because it's so true. They're going to play well." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/16/01.
    Playing with Pain: Junior defensive tackle Sean Nelson missed the entire 2000 season with a chronic shoulder injury but has practiced throughout training camp in 2001 and is expected to see action this fall. He takes limited number of live contact snaps during practice and attempts to stay conditioned by riding a stationary bicycle throughout much of practice. Joked Sean, "I'm presently training to ride in the Little 500 Bike Race this spring." The Little 500 is a highly competitive 50-mile bike race held on campus every spring. It is often recognized as the greatest college intramural event in the country.

    Mr. Tough Guy: Junior tight end Kris Dielman has quickly become a favorite of network television cameras for isolation shots. Dielman has earned a reputation on kickoff returns for pancaking his opponents and IU kickof returns often end with him on top of a member of the opponent's kickoff team.

    The following milestones that may be reached by IU Players in the Next Several Weeks:

    Senior Wide Receiver/Quarterback Antwaan Randle El...
    • needs 195 yards passing to reach 6,000 yards passing for his career.
    • needs 69 yards rushing to reach 3,000 yards passing for his career. He would become the seventh Division I-A quarterback in history to reach this impressive mark.
    • needs 195 yards passing and 69 yards rushing to become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards.
    • needs 115 total yards (rushing and passing) to pass Ohio State's Art Schlichter and move into fourth place on the Big Ten's total offensive yardage list
    • needs three touchdown passes to move past Steve Bradley (35 TD passes, 1983) into first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list.
    • needs 99 rushing yards to pass Vaughn Dunbar (3,029 rushing yards from 1990-91) and move into fourth place on IU's career rushing yardage list.

    Senior running back Levron Williams...
    • needs 50 yards rushing to pass Bobby Howard (1,743 yards rushing from 1982-85) to move into 11th place on IU's career rushing yardage list.

    The Preseason Honors

    Senior wide receiver/quarterback Antwaan Randle El
    #2 Heisman Trophy contender - Athlon's
    #2 Heisman Trophy contender - Street & Smith's
    #3 Heisman Trophy contender -
    #4 Heisman Trophy contender - Lindy's
    #7 Heisman Trophy contender -
    #15 Heisman Trophy contender - Phil Steele's College Football Preview
    #1 All-Purpose Player in the Country - Lindy's
    First-Team All-America Multiple-Threat Position Player - Playboy
    First-Team All-America All-Purpose Player -
    Second-Team All-America Quarterback -
    Honorable Mention All-America Quarterback - Street & Smith's
    Eighth-ranked college football player in the country -
    Fourth-Team All-America Wide Receiver - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview
    First-Team All-Big Ten All-Purpose Player - Lindy's
    Second-Team All-Big Ten Wide Receiver - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview

    Senior running back Levron Williams
    Honorable Mention All-America - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview
    Darkhorse Heisman Contender - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview
    18th-best Player in the Big Ten -

    Junior guard Enoch DeMar
    Second-Team All-Big Ten - Lindy's
    Second-Team All-Big Ten - The Sporting News

    Junior tackle A.C. Myler
    Honorable Mention All-America - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview
    Second-Team All-Big Ten - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview

    Sophomore guard Anthony Oakley
    Honorable Mention All-America - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview
    First-Team All-Big Ten - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview

    Junior defensive end Derek Barnett
    Second-Team All-Big Ten - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview

    Junior fullback Jeremi Johnson
    Ninth-ranked Fullback in the Country - The Sporting News
    Top-ranked Junior Fullback in the Country -

    Senior center Craig Osika
    15th-ranked Center in the Country - The Sporting News

    Senior defensive tackle Kemp Rasmussen
    Honorable Mention All-America - Street & Smith's

    Senior linebacker Justin Smith
    Butkus Award Watch List
    20th-ranked Outside Linebacker - Lindy's

    Sophomore defensive end Steve Williams
    Third-Team All-Big Ten - Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Preview




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