September 8, 2003
The Indiana football team (0-2 overall) comes back to Bloomington for its home opener on Saturday, when the Hoosiers host Indiana State.
Indiana hosts in-state foe Indiana State for only the second time in history. The first matchup between the two came in 1925, with the Hoosiers cruising to a 31-0 win in Bloomington. At the time, Indiana State was named Indiana Normal.
Two players on the Indiana roster hail from Terre Haute. Wide receiver David Lewis and tight end Matt O'Neal will both be facing their hometown school when the Hoosiers and Sycamores lock horns. Lewis attended Terre Haute South HS, while O'Neal is a South Vigo HS graduate.
INDIANA IN HOME OPENERS
Indiana has compiled a 27-16 record in season openers played at Memorial Stadium, dating back to 1960. The Hoosiers have won 17 of their last 20 home openers.
LAST SEASON AT HOME
Indiana won its first three home games last season over William & Mary, Central Michigan and Wisconsin. In those three wins, the Hoosiers outgained the opposition, 1,204-1,031 and outscored the opposition, 96-75.
INDIANA'S LAST 20 HOME OPENERS
2002 Wm.& Mary W, 25-17
2001 Utah L, 26-28
2000 N.C. State L, 38-41
1999 Ball State W, 21-9
1998 Western Michigan W, 45-30
1997 Ball State W, 33-6
1996 Miami (Ohio) W, 21-14
1995 W. Michigan W, 24-10
1994 Cincinnati W, 28-3
1993 Toledo W, 27-0
1992 Miami (Ohio) W, 16-0
1991 Kentucky W, 13-10
1990 Missouri W, 58-7
1989 Missouri W, 24-7
1988 Kentucky W, 36-15
1987 Rice W, 35-13
1986 Louisville W, 21-0
1985 Louisville W, 41-28
1984 Kentucky L, 48-14
1983 Duke W, 15-10
KEEP YOUR PROGRAM HANDY
Indiana may shuffle several different players into Saturday's contest, if last week's game against Washington serves as an indicator. The Hoosiers rotated 59 different players into the game against the Huskies in the first half alone and played a total of 61 in the contest.
NEWCOMERS A KEY FOR INDIANA
New faces factor heavily into Indiana's plans this season, evidenced by the fact that a total of 10 true freshmen have already seen game action. When the 10 redshirt freshmen who have played this year are included, a total of 20 Hoosiers who had never played a down at the collegiate level prior to this year have already seen action.
TRUE FRESHMEN WHO HAVE PLAYED
Lance Bennett 2
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2
Cleo Harbison 2
Cedric Henry 2
Ben Ishola 2
Will Meyers 2
Casey Nowinski 2
Jake Powers 2
Ryan Skelton 1
Joel Stubblefield 2
REDSHIRT FRESHMEN WHO HAVE PLAYED
Scott Anderson 2
Tyson Beattie 2
Justin Frye 2
Jahkeen Gilmore 1
Troy Grosfield 2
Andy Halterman 2
Kenny Kendal 2
Graeme McFarland 2
Matt O'Neal 2
Alex Stscherban 2
ADDITIONAL PLAYERS WITH NO COLLEGE EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO THIS YEAR WHO HAVE PLAYED
Josh Moore 2
Luke Stone 2
Chris Voltattorni 2
DEFENSIVE FACES CHANGE
Against Washington, seven of the Hoosiers' top 10 tacklers were newcomers, with six of those seven being true freshmen. Freshman Will Meyers led the way with 13 tackles, while Josh Moore added 12 of his own.
DEFENSE PLAYING SHORT-HANDED
The Indiana defense played without its best player and unquestioned leader in team captain Joe Gonzalez for the first two games. Gonzalez sustained a knee injury in practice the week before the season opener and continues to recover.
In addition to Gonzalez's injury, the Hoosiers were forced to play much of the Connecticut game without Herana-Daze Jones and most of the Washington game without Will Lumpkin.
MEYERS MAKING AN IMPACT
While injuries have decimated the secondary, they have opened a window for true freshman Will Meyers. A native of Chesterfield, Mo., Meyers saw a good deal of action against Connecticut, then shined against Washington, making a team-best 13 tackles and recovering a fumble that he forced.
Meyers has notched 20 tackles through two games, a figure which ties him for second on the team with Kyle Killion and Herana-Daze Jones. Only Josh Moore (25 tackles) has recorded more than Meyers, who is the lone Hoosier to have either forced or recovered a fumble.
BACKGROUND ON MEYERS
Will Meyers was a highly-regarded member of the 2003 recruiting class, coming out of Parkway West HS. Meyers was ranked as the top safety in the state of Missouri by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was a Class 5-A first-team All-State honoree. He made 45 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior last year.
The Hoosiers have used five different cornerbacks in their two games. Duane Stone and Leonard Bryant have gotten the starting nod in each of the two contests, but also seeing action have been Courtney Clency, Cedric Henry and Jahkeen Gilmore.
This trend has also applied at safety, where Herana-Daze Jones has seen action at both strong and free safety. Luke Stone and Will Meyers have both played strong safety, with Will Lumpkin, Ty Henderson and Ryan Skelton all having played free safety.
Within that group of safeties, Jones was a linebacker last year, Stone, Meyers and Skelton were all playing either at a junior college or high school, and Lumpkin and Henderson combined to play a total of 16 games between them, with only one start.
D-LINE ROTATES AS WELL
The Hoosiers fielded three different combinations at defensive line in the first three series against Washington.
Series One: Adeyanju, Lapostolle, Clemons, Kendal
Series Two: Adeyanju, Young, Clemons, Ishola
Series Three: Adeyanju, Richardson, Clemons, Stubblefield
KICKING OFF THE GROSFIELD WAY
Kicker Troy Grosfield has quietly done very well in his first two games at the collegiate level. The kicker-turned-receiver-back-to-kicker has kicked off seven times, recording two touchbacks and limiting the opponents to an average starting field position of the 21 yard line.
GROSFIELD BY THE NUMBERS
Opponent Drive Start After Kick
Own 20 (touchback)
Own 20 (touchback)
ROBERTSON'S STOCK CLIMBING
Kicker Bryan Robertson is in the midst of an impressive streak. The junior from Seymour, Ind., has connected on 11 of his last 13 field goal attempts, dating back to last year, with the only two misses being a 45-yarder last season and a scrambling 49-yarder as time was expiring in the first half at Washington.
ROBERTSON'S LAST 13 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
At Washington 39 yards Good
At Washington 49 yards Missed
At Washington 34 yards Good
At Connecticut 28 yards Good
At Purdue 50 yards Good
Vs. Penn State 45 yards Missed
At Northwestern 43 yards Good
Vs. Iowa 23 yards Good
Vs. Iowa 45 yards Good
Vs. Wisconsin 32 yards Good
At Ohio State 49 yards Good
Vs. Central Michigan 45 yards Good
At Kentucky 46 yards Good
CUTTING DOWN ON LONG RUNS
Indiana did an excellent job of cutting down on long running plays from week one to week two. The Hoosiers allowed Connecticut seven runs of 10 yards or more, while holding Washington to only one 10-yard run. Making that figure even more impressive is the fact that Washington ran the ball 52 times, while Connecticut ran it only 38 times.
ONE QUARTER SHORT
Indiana and Washington were deadlocked at 10 going into halftime and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. The third quarter was the difference.
Quarters 1, 2 & 4 Quarter 3
IU UW IU UW
Points 10 10 3 28
First Downs 10 14 5 10
Rushing Yards 44 130 41 65
Passing Yards 151 160 48 135
Total Yards 195 290 89 200
Penalties 4-35 7-45 3-25 1-15
INDIANA'S 0-3 STARTS
The Hoosiers have started the season with a pair of losses, but only four times since 1970 has Indiana dropped each of its first three contests.
YEAR START FINISH COACH
2001 0-3 5-6 Cameron
1984 0-3 0-11 Mallory
1974 0-3 1-10 Corso
1970 0-3 1-9 Pont
Indiana has been the underdog going into each of its first two games, both of which resulted in losses.
Following is a look at the last three Hoosier coaches and how they fared against their non-conference opponents.
Coach N-C Record IU Record
Gerry DiNardo 2-4 3-11
Cam Cameron 6-9 18-37
Bill Mallory 28-9-2 69-77-3
The Hoosiers faced Connecticut in Hartford, then traveled across the country to Seattle to battle Washington in week two.
All tolled, Indiana traveled 6,432 round trip miles in just the first two weeks of the season.
KILLION HAS GOOD START
Sophomore linebacker Kyle Killion is poised for a breakthrough season, as evidenced by the fact that he averages 10.0 tackles per game, has an interception and four pass break-ups.
INDIANA TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior running back Brian Lewis and senior safety Joe Gonzalez were selected by their teammates as team captains for 2003.
The Hoosiers also select game captains each game.
The team captains wear a "C" on their jerseys, while the game captains wear either an "A" (alternate captain) or an "S" (special teams captain)
Connecticut - Glenn Johnson (A), Travis Haney (S)
at Washington - Duane Stone (A), Will Lumpkin (S)
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 STARTED BCS BOWLS
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)
MATT LOVECCHIO'S CAREER STATS
Year G-GS Att. Comp. Int. Yds. TD
2003 2-2 58 29 1 410 1
2001 7-2 69 34 4 287 1
2000 8-7 125 73 1 980 11
Career 17-11 252 136 6 1677 13
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.
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). Only five of the seniors are on scholarship.
INDIANA'S SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS
Indiana will take the field on Saturday with 64 players on scholarship.
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
ASTROPLAY IS THE WAY
Indiana installed AstroPlay as the new playing surface at Memorial Stadium. The $446,000 project comes with a 10-year guarantee. IU is one of four Big Ten schools playing on modernized artificial turf.
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
TRENT GREEN GIVES BACK
The Indiana Football locker room receives 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.