Weekly Press Release #3:
Ohio State (1-1) at Indiana (0-2)
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001; 11:10 a.m. EST
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Television: ESPN Regional (check local affiliates)
Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
Indiana's Cam Cameron: 13-33, fifth season
Ohio State's Jim Tressel: 1-1 at OSU, first season;
135-57-2 in 14 years at Youngstown State
Series History: Ohio State leads 59-12-5, including a 20-2-1 record in Bloomington.
Last Game: OSU 38, Indiana 7 in 1998
Big Ten Home Openers: Indiana is 18-21-2 in Big Ten home openers at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers have won two consecutive Big Ten home openers -- a 43-33 win vs. Iowa on 9/30/00 and a 34-31 overtime victory over Illinois on 10/2/99.
The Game: Saturday's game will mark the Big Ten opener for both teams. Indiana suffered a 28-26 setback vs. Utah at home this past Saturday and the Buckeyes lost at UCLA, 13-6. Ohio State won its home opener over Akron, 28-14, on September 8.
The IU-Ohio State Series: In 76 previous meetings between IU and Ohio St., the two teams have played in Bloomington on 23 occasions. In those games, Indiana has notched a 2-20-1 record. Indiana tallied a 5-0-1 record in the first six meetings between the two teams from 1901-1913. Since winning games in 1905 and 1913, Indiana had not won back-to-back games in the series until a 31-10 win in Columbus in 1987 and a 41-7 victory one year later in Bloomington. IU and OSU have not met one another since 1998. In that game, before a sellout crowd of 52,049 in Bloomington, the top-ranked Buckeyes defeated Indiana, 38-7.
Randle El Returns to Quarterback and Williams has Big Day vs. Utah: The return of Antwaan Randle El to quarterback must have made Levron Williams happy. One of the most productive option tailbacks in the history of the Big Ten Conference, Williams recorded 116 yards rushing and one touchdown on only 15 carries (7.7 yards per rush) vs. the Utes. He also caught 4 passes for 59 yards.
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. Jamal played collegiately at Florida State.
Randle El and Williams Closing in on NCAA Milestones:
With 31 passing yards, Antwaan Randle El will become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards. With 69 yards rushing in game two vs. Utah, Randle El became only the seventh quarterback in Division I-A history to rush for 3,000 career yards. He 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 is the only other Division I-A player to reach the 5,000/3,000 plateau as he finished his career at La.-Lafayette with 5,447 yards passing and 3,335 yards rushing.
Senior running back Levron Williams is one of only nine players in Division I-A history to record 1,000 career yards rushing and 1,000 career yards receiving.With 1,813 career rushing yards and 861 career receiving yards, he is on pace to become the only player in Division I-A history to reach 2,000 career yards rushing and 1,000 career yards receiving.
All-Purpose Leader: Levron Williams is presently ranked second in the Big Ten in all-purpose yardage with 178.0 yards per contest. He trails only Northwestern's Damien Anderson who is averaging 187.0 all-purpose yards per game. In the season's first two games, Williams has recorded 119 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards, and 175 kickoff return yards. Williams leads the Big Ten with a 29.2 average per kickoff return. Junior A.C. Carter is fifth in the Big Ten in kickoff returns with an average of 26.8 yards per runback.
Cutting Down on Penalties: Despite a critical penalty during a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter vs. Utah, Indiana has been penalized for fewer yards (25.5 yards per contest) than any team in the Big Ten. In two games, IU has committed only nine penalties for 51 yards.
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. Indiana has allowed only two sacks in the first two contests, despite playing an entirely new offense in the season opener. Said Utah coach Ron McBride after the Utes' visit to Bloomington, "Indiana is probably more physical than the teams we have played so far this season. Oregon is a tough team, but Indiana's offensive line is way more physical."
It Certainly Looks the Part: The IU offense will certainly be as impressive physically as any team in the country. Although 5-foot-9 Antwaan Randle El has replaced Tommy Jones (6-3.5, 236) at quarterback, fullback Jeremi Johnson (5-11, 255), and tailback Levron Williams (6-3.5, 228) will line up in the Indiana backfield. Also, starting tight end Kris Dielman is 6-4, 267, 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. Indiana has scored 30-or-more points in 13 of its last 24 games.
The following milestones that may be reached by IU Players during the next few games:
Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El...
needs 31 passing yards to reach 6,000 for his career. In doing so, he would become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards. He surpassed the 3,000-yard rushing mark vs. Utah in the second game of the season.
needs 129 total yards (rushing and passing) to pass Purdue's Mark Hermann to move into third place on the Big Ten's total offensive yardage list
needs one touchdown pass to tie Steve Bradley (35 TD passes, 1983-85) for first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list.
Senior running back Levron Williams...
needs 171 yards rushing to pass Ken Starling (1,986 yards rushing from 1971-73) to move into 10th place on IU's career rushing yardage list. Williams presently has 1,813 career yards rushing and 861 career yards receiving.
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. Johnson (6.8) and Randle El (5.3) averaged more than five yards per carry vs. the Wolfpack in the season opener. Williams averaged 7.7 yards per carry in game two vs. Utah.
The Randle El File: IU graduate Antwaan Randle El (B.A. Sport Communication/Broadcasting in August 01') is recognized 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 second-leading active passer 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, 4,030 yards
2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,037 yards
3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,762 yards
4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,339 yards
5) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,148 yards
6) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 2,130 yards
7) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 1,977 yards
8) Levron Williams, Indiana, 1,813 yards
Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
1) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 6,305 yards
2) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 5,969 yards
3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 4,250 yards
4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 3,534 yards
5) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 2,755 yards
6) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 2,687 yards
Moving Up the Big Ten Charts: With 226 total yards vs. Utah, Antwaan Randle El passed Ohio State's Art Schlichter (8,850 yards from 1978-81) to move into fourth place on the Big Ten's total offense list. Randle El now has 9,006 career yards and needs 129 total yards to pass Purdue's Mark Hermann (9,134 total yards from 1977-80) to move into third place on the Big Ten's career total yardage list.
Randle El Passes former IU great Vaughn Dunbar: With 69 yards rushing vs. Utah, Randle El moved into fourth on Indiana's career rushing yardage list passing Vaughn Dunbar who rushed for 3,029 yards from 1990-91. Randle El now has 3,037 career rushing yards.
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.
Defensive Streak Broken: Indiana's defense did not allow an opponent to score a single point on an opening drive during any game in 2000 and held the N.C. State Wolfpack to -4 yards on three plays during its opening drive in the season opener. However, Utah went 80 yards on 13 plays during its first drive last week to become the first team in over a year to score a point against the Hoosiers on an opening drive of a game.
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. In game two of the 2001 season vs. Utah, Indiana held a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter but fell 28-26.
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 has arrived. Antonio Watson and Willie Northern (earned starts at safety in games 1 and 2), both of whom participated in spring drills at IU, 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 and earned a start in game two vs. Utah. The Bartow, Fla., product signed with Miami (Fla.) out of high school and will look to complement senior 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.
Defensive Improvement Shown early in the Season: Although the Hoosiers allowed 35 points in its season opener at N.C. State, the IU defense showed much improvement from just one year ago. Indiana allowed 361 total yards to a potent N.C. State offense. The fewest total yards allowed by the IU defense in any game during the 2000 season was 353 yards vs. Cincinnati and Iowa. The 361 total yards allowed were the fewest yards allowed by an IU defense in a road game since the Hoosiers allowed 326 at Illinois on 11/7/98. The Utah game marked only the third time in the last 17 times that an opponent scored fewer than 30 points against the Hoosiers.
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 the player 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 most statistically productive dual-threat signal caller in college football history.
Ohio State's Jim Tressel:
Born: December 5, 1952
Hometown: Mentor, Ohio (also lived in Massillon and Berea as a youth)
High School: Berea
Alma Mater: Baldwin Wallace, 1975; master's in education from Akron, 1977
Playing Career: Four-year varsity letterman and all-conference as a senior
Married: To the former Ellen Watson
Children: Sons Zak (22) and Eric (17) and daughters Carlee (18) and Whitney (16).
Coaching Career: Graduate Assistant, Akron, 1975; Quarterbacks, Receivers, Running Backs, Akron, 1976-78; Quarterbacks and Receivers, Miami (Ohio), 1979-80; Quarterbacks, Syracuse, 1981-82; Quarterbacks, Receivers, Running Backs, Ohio State, 1983-85; Head Coach, Youngstown State, 1986-00; Head Coach, Ohio State, 2001.
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-Ohio connections: Indiana's roster includes 15 players from Ohio. The list is as follows: Brett Becks (Concord Lake Catholic), A.C. Carter (Cincinnati Princeton), Kris Dielman (Troy), Joe Gonzalez (Avon Lake/St. Ignatius), Tommy Jones (Eaton), Kyle Koester (Cincinnati Elder), John Lumpkin (Warren Harding), Will Lumpkin (Dayton Trotwood-Madison), Sean Nelson (Kettering Fairmont), Dru Robinson (Orrville), Michael Robinson (Orrville), Kevin Smith (Canton McKinley), Clay Stuart (Lodi), Carlos Tipton (Cincinnati Winton Woods), Jacob Wagner (Springfield Kenton Ridge)
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 Bayh, 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 69-player Watch List for the Butkus Award. This award is presented annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. 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: During senior running back Levron Williams's career at IU, he has rushed for 1,813 yards on only 260 carries. His 7.0 yards per carry average is one of the top marks in the history of the Big Ten. He also will likely have the opportunity to become the only player in Division I-A history to record 2,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 caree receiving yards. 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 www.nfldraftdigest.com as the top junior fullback in the country. He ranked fifth on the list 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 98 yards and one touchdown in the first two games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 3 passes for 18 yards.
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. However, he attended Bishop O'Connell High School in North Potomac, Md.
Playing Experience on Offense: Indiana's projected starters in the Big Ten opener vs. Ohio State include many players who have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (24 games played/13 games started, 13/13 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (13GP/13GS), C Craig Osika (34/29, 13/13 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (24/24), RT Bobby Brandt (24/13, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (24G/6GS), RB Brian Lewis (13GP/5GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (35/35, 34/34 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (10/0), and TE Kris Dielman (24/2).
Indiana in Big Ten openers at Memorial Stadium: Indiana is 18-21-2 in Big Ten home openers at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers have won two consecutive Big Ten home openers, including a 43-33 win vs. Iowa on 9/30/00 and a 34-31 overtime victory over Illinois on 10/2/99.
A Season Ended Too Early: Junior defensive tackle Sean Nelson missed the entire 2000 season with a chronic shoulder injury but practiced throughout training camp in 2001 and was expected to see action this fall. He was taking a limited number of live contact snaps during practice and attempted to stay conditioned by riding a stationary bicycle throughout much of practice. However, on September 20, Nelson was ruled out for the season.
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. IU kickoff returns often end with him on top of a member of the opponent's kickoff team.
Two True Freshmen See Action: So far in 2001, two true freshmen have seen action. Louisville St. Xavier product Deonte Smith saw action on special teams and made a big hit on the opening kickoff of the game when he tackled Ray Robinson at the N.C. State 18-yard line. He played extensively as the Hoosiers nickel back in game two vs. Utah. Courtney Roby saw action at wide receiver and made the first reception of his career midway through the fourth quarter when he picked up nine yards on a pass from Tommy Jones on a 1st-and-10 from the IU-47.
Tommy Jones's Debut as a Starter: Although the IU offense bogged down at times, junior quarterback Tommy Jones played steady football for most of the night during the season opener at N.C. State. Jones completed 18 of 31 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown and did not throw an interception. He did, however, fumble while being sacked midway through the 3rd qtr.
Special Teams Ups and Downs: Indiana's special teams units has played well at times but have also made several critical mistakes during the seasons first two games. Versus Utah, place kicker Adam Braucher missed a field goal and an extra point. Most costly for the Hoosiers at N.C. State were two blocked punts in the second quarter that led directly to 10 Wolfpack points. Also, sophomore kicker Adam Braucher missed the first field goal attempt of his career, a 41-yarder in the first quarter. On the positive side of the ledger, IU's Kemp Rasmussen blocked an extra point, an N.C. State field goal attempt was blocked, and IU's coverage teams limited the Wolfpack to only 37 total yards on four combined kickoff and punt returns. IU also recovered an onsides kick in the fourth quarter.
Defensive Improvement: After a 2000 season that saw IU's defense struggle, second-year defensive coordinator James Bell's charges showed great improvement in the season opener at N.C. State. Of the Wolfpack's 14 drives, six ended with drives of -4, 1, 0, -1, -3, and -6 yards.
"The Quote Book"
Head coach Cam Cameron on moving forward after the Utah game: "You can see how frustrating it is for me, and I don't mean for me personally. It's frustrating for me to see that group put forth that type of effort and then make just enough mental mistakes so that they lose instead of win. That's the thing, from a coaching standpoint, that just drives you ... it's beyond belief. I really feel for those guys. We've got a handful of guys who made just enough mistakes to keep us from winning the ballgame. That's what I saw. But I'd also like to think you can see what I've seen in this football team. This team is not going to quit. This team has some real plusses in it." - September 23, 2001
Cameron on the Utah game: "The obvious thing, from our standpoint, is the kicking game. You have opportunities. I can't remember many times when you punt the ball twice in a ballgame and you don't win the football game. But you miss an extra point and you miss a field goal, and that comes back to haunt you." - September 23, 2001
Utah head coach Ron McBride comparing Indiana to the Oregon Ducks: "Indiana is probably more physical than the teams we have played this season. Oregon is a tough team, but Indiana's line is way more physical. And with Randle El at quarterback, it is a whole different dimension. They have a good running back in Williams and some good receivers. They definitely have some threats. Oregon is probably stronger at wideout and in the secondary." - September 23, 2001
IU junior quarterback Tommy Jones prior to the decision to postpone the IU-Kentucky game: "Honestly, I don't think (we should play). It's up to (others) to decide that, but in my view, some kids went home yesterday without parents. They had siblings that they have no longer. We're trying to focus in on football and keep our heads around here but, honestly, it's hard ... (because) nobody's heart or head is in the game right now. We just want to pray for the people who are having these difficulties in life right now. If we play, we'll go out there and play the best we can. But, in my opinion, we probably shouldn't be playing Saturday."
IU junior safety Joe Gonzalez on the current state of the IU football squad: "The 110 people in the program and the football administration might be the only ones who believe we can still do the things we want to do, which means going to a bowl game and having a great season. I don't blame other people for not believing, certainly not after what they saw last Thursday night. The team we were on Thursday night was not the real Indiana football team. Indiana beat Indiana. I know, for a fact, as a team, we believe we can get accomplished what we want to do. We know how good we can be. We still have a ways to go, but we have the capacity to succeed." - September 12, 2001
Head coach Cam Cameron on the North Carolina State game: "I can't remember any point in time that we've made that many mistakes. I'm especially concerned about our kicking game and mistakes offensively in the red zone. I take full responsibility for our coming out and making mistakes. We both had the same amount of time to prepare for the game and they come in and play pretty much mistake-free football, while we make about every conceivable mistake. That comes down to the head coaching situation. It's my responsibility." - following Indiana's 35-14 loss at N.C. State on 9/6/01.
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.
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.
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.