Indiana Travels to Akron for 2009 Road Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Mitchell Evans took 11 snaps behind center against Western Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Mitchell Evans took 11 snaps behind center against Western Michigan.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 14, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Starting 2-0 for the sixth straight season, the Indiana football team hits the road for the first time in 2009 with a visit to Akron (1-1). The Hoosiers will be the second team to visit brand new InfoCision Stadium (30,000) on Saturday, Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

    IU moved to 2-0 following a 23-19 victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 12. Senior Demetrius McCray ran for a career-high 134 yards with a 59-yard score and senior defensive end Greg Middleton forced a WMU fumble at the Hoosier 8-yard line with 1:20 remaining to preserve the victory. Bill Lynch became the first Indiana head coach to open his career with three consecutive 2-0 starts.

    Todd Harris will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Charles Arbuckle. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Akron Series
    Indiana and Akron will meet for the second time on Saturday. The Hoosiers beat the Zips, 41-24, at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2007.

    Akron Ties
    Indiana offensive line coach Bobby Johnson is an Akron native and he spent four years at Akron as a graduate assistant (1995-96) and defensive line coach (1997-98).

    Akron offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Shane Montgomery was the offensive coordinator under Terry Hoeppner at Miami (Ohio) from 2001-04 and the RedHawks head coach from 2005-08. He coached on the same staff as Johnson, IU co-defensive coordinators Brian George and Joe Palcic, wide receivers coach Billy Lynch and defensive ends coach/co-special teams coordinator George Ricumstrict.

    Defensive quality control assistant Tim Cooper served as Montgomery's defensive backs coach from 2005-08.

    IU vs. The MAC
    This is the second of back-to-back Mid-American Conference opponents for the Hoosiers. IU downed Western Michigan, 23-19, at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, to improve to 33-6-1 (.838) all-time against MAC foes.

    Scouting Akron
    Akron enters Saturday's contest with a 1-1 record. The Zips blanked Morgan State in the InfoCision Stadium debut, 41-0, on Sept. 12, after Penn State dropped them 31-7 in the season opener on Sept. 5.

    Senior quarterback Chris Jacquemain leads an offense with nine starting returnees from 2008. He has thrown for 320 yards with four touchdowns and one interception on the young season. Jacquemain has completed 26-of-44 passes (59.1 percent) and owns a 145.64 passing efficiency.

    The Zips return two talented wide receivers from a year ago. Jacquemain's top target thus far has been Deryn Bowser. A 2008 third team All-MAC selection, Bowser (64 catches, 785 yards and 4 TDs last year) leads the Zips with 149 yards and 11 receptions and is responsible for all four of the team's scores through the air. Senior Jeremy Bruce (47, 678, 7) has seven catches for 72 yards.

    In addition to its 172 passing yards per game, Akron is averaging 139 yards on the ground. Sophomore Dale Martin leads the backs with 64 yards on just six carries, all against Morgan State, while senior Alex Allen has the team's lone rushing score with 52 yards on 18 attempts.

    Akron runs a 3-4 defensive scheme and returns six starters from last year. The Zips have picked off three passes, recovered one fumble and recorded two sacks thus far in 2009.

    Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Brian Wagner paces the team with 18 tackles and 10 solos to go along with one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles. Sophomore strong-side linebacker Aaron Williams is right behind Wagner with 16 tackles and leads the team with three tackles for loss.

    J.D. Brookhart is in his sixth season at Akron and is 28-34 during his tenure. He earned 2004 MAC Coach of the Year honors, and he led the school to its first MAC East division title, first MAC championship and the Motor City Bowl in 2005.

    Ohio Connection
    Sixteen Hoosiers hail from the state of Ohio. Chris Banks (Alliance), Larry Black, Jr., (Cincinnati), Ted Bolser (Cincinnati), Javon Cornley (Columbus), Mitchell Evans (West Milton), Ray Fisher (Cleveland), Kyle Kozak (Columbus), Brad Martin (Marion), Pat McShane (Stow), Adam Replogle (Centerville), Tyler Replogle (Centerville), Rodger Saffold (Bedford), Pete Saxon (Plain City), Damon Sims (Cincinnati), Jarrod Smith (Fairborn) and Eric Thomas (Cleveland) all came to Bloomington from the Buckeye State.

    The Closers
    For the second straight week, IU forced a crucial fumble inside the 10-yard line in the waning moments of the Western Michigan game. Senior defensive end Greg Middleton forced his third career fumble at the Hoosier 8-yard line and senior linebacker Justin Carrington collected his first fumble recovery with 1:20 remaining to preserve the 23-19 victory.

    In the season opener against Eastern Kentucky, senior cornerback Ray Fisher jarred a fumble loose with 11:49 left at the Indiana 5-yard line. Senior defensive end Jammie Kirlew recovered and the Hoosiers pulled out a 19-13 victory.

    D-Mac On Track
    Demetrius McCray earned the starting running back job in camp and has proved why the first two weeks. The fifth-year senior rushed for a career-high 134 yards on 17 attempts (7.9 average) with a 59-yard TD jaunt vs. Western Michigan.

    His 134 yards were the most by an IU running back since Marcus Thigpen ran for 140 against Purdue in the 2007 Old Oaken Bucket Game. It is also the most by a Hoosier since Kellen Lewis ran for 148 against Ball State in 2008. His 59-yarder was the longest rush of his career. It marked the Hoosiers' longest play from scrimmage since a Ben Chappell 64-yard scoring strike to Ray Fisher against Central Michigan (Nov. 1, 20008) and the longest run since a Thigpen 77-yard scamper in the same game.

    The Brandon, Fla., native leads the Hoosiers with 183 yards, 30 attempts and a 6.1 average through two games. He also tops all IU backs with 855 career yards on 199 rushes, good for a 4.3 average, and has crossed the goal line five times.

    Mitchell On The Move
    After dabbling at quarterback last season, Mitchell Evans was back at it again vs. Western Michigan. The junior wideout rushed six times for 35 yards and threw one pass in 11 snaps behind center.

    As a wideout, Evans caught two balls for 31 yards. He even made two tackles on special teams.

    The West Milton, Ohio, native arrived to Indiana as a true freshman quarterback during 2007 preseason camp. Evans moved to safety and played the entire 2007 season at the position. He played quarterback during 2008 spring practice and opened preseason camp there before moving to his current position of wide receiver. Evans saw action at wideout most of 2008, but he also played quarterback against Central Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.

    He has been a special teams stalwart since playing as a true freshman. Following each of the first two games, Evans was named one of the team's special teams players of the week after earning the honor six times in 2008.




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