Game Captains Selected for Thursday's Opener at N.C. State<
Bloomington, Ind. -- Head coach Cam Cameron today announced that game captains have been selected for Thursday's season opener at North Carolina State. Graduated senior cornerback Marcus Floyd (special teams captain), senior center Craig Osika (offense), and senior linebacker Devin Schaffer (defense), will join permanent captains Antwaan Randle El and Kemp Rasmussen as game captains vs. the Wolfpack. Captains as juniors last fall, Randle El and Rasmussen will serve as captains throughout the 2000 campaign.
A converted tailback from Bartow, Fla., Floyd moved to the defensive backfield during the 1999 season and saw extensive playing time at cornerback last fall. He will play this fall as an Indiana University graduate having earned his degree in Sport Communication-Broadcasting this past summer. Last season, the 5-foot-9, 184-pounder, earned starts vs. Penn State, at Illinois, vs. Wisconsin, and at Purdue and finished the season with 40 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
One of the most experienced linebackers on the IU roster, having played in 33 games (23 starts), the 6-foot-1, 249-pound, Schaffer moved from middle to outside linebacker during spring practice prior to the 2000 season and went on to start 11 games. In each of the past two seasons, he has teamed with fellow Indianapolis senior Justin Smith to form one of the top LB tandems in the Big Ten. Schaffer finished the 2000 season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 47, including 9 for loss and one sack. He also broke up 2 passes.
A converted tight end from Hobart, Ind., Osika is expected to be one of the top centers in the country in 2001. A leading All-Big Ten candidate, this past winter the 6-foot-4, 297-pound, Osika won the Don Howell Award as IU's outstanding offensive lineman. He had moved from tight end to center during spring practice prior to the 2000 campaign and was named the Most Improved Offensive Player at the conclusion of spring drills. In 2000, he helped pace an offense that averaged 30.6 points per contest and 439.5 yards per game, including 266.7 yards per game on the ground. Indiana's 5.8 yards per carry average was the second-best total in the country, trailing only Nebraska. The IU offensive line allowed only 9 sacks in 11 games.
Thursday's game at N.C. State will be a national broadcast on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:38 p.m. EST/7:38 p.m. EDT.
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