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    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Bryan Payton and the Hoosiers moved to 3-0 with their victory over Akron.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Bryan Payton and the Hoosiers moved to 3-0 with their victory over Akron.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 20, 2007

    Sophomore running back Bryan Payton will chat with periodically this season and share his thoughts on the Hoosier football team. In this edition, Payton looks back at the team's win over Akron and the performance of Kellen Lewis.

    We are now 3-0 and boy does it feel great! Saturday was a great win for us Hoosiers. Though we suffered some adversity in the first half, we overcame it and played Hoosier football in the second half. Coach Lynch really got on us at halftime. He challenged us to play harder, and most of all, smarter. We all really took it to heart and played that way in the second half.

    I love our team. We have great chemistry and we know how to come together. If we can keep up our togetherness we're bound for great things. When you're in an atmosphere such as ours it allows you to be comfortable because deep down inside you know that no matter what happens, at the end of the day, you have each other. That's a strong bond that no one can ever take from us.

    Akron is a good football team that should be tough to beat in the MAC. The Zips' wide receiver, Jabari Arthur, appears to be all of 6-4, 225 pounds. He is a very good player who made plays on Saturday. Their quarterback who came off the bench, Carlton Jackson, also made some plays for them.

    Kellen's Performance
    On Saturday morning, while eating our pre-game meal, I read an article about Kellen. It basically talked about how Kellen was so determined to be a quarterback that he turned down all of the big in-state schools in his home state of Florida to look for an opportunity to do just that. He was set and ready to go to my prep rival school, Hargrave Military Academy (boo!), before Coach Hep offered him an opportunity to throw the ball as a Hoosier. We should now all be thankful for Coach Hep's great judgment.



    Now, with Kellen being my teammate and friend, I already knew the whole story. But it was very refreshing to read this article. He obviously had great determination to do something that he believed he could do, but almost nobody else thought he could.

    One of the things I really like about Kellen is how he plays as if he's a kid playing a pick-up football game in the backyard. He plays free, he plays loose, he plays without worries, and most importantly, he plays with great confidence in his God-given abilities. I don't think I've ever seen someone as loose as Kellen in practice and on gamedays. It's awesome to see your quarterback do things as if to say, "Relax, I got this."

    Kellen rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. He also threw for 137 yards and three touchdowns. When I saw the yardage he garnered I was, at first, surprised. But then, as I thought about it, I was no longer surprised by his performance. I thought about how he plays and the attitude he carries about the game and it all made sense. I look for Kellen to have many more sensational games like this one because, well, he can.


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