Weekly Release #4: The Wisconsin Game
Indiana (0-3) at Wisconsin (3-2)
When: Saturday, October 6, 2001; 1:05 p.m. CDT
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisc.
Television: No live broadcast
Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
Indiana's Cam Cameron: 13-34, fifth season
Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez: 82-50-4, 12th season
Series History: Wisconsin leads 31-16-2, including an 18-6-1 record in Madison
Last Game: Wisconsin 43, Indiana 22 on 11/11/00; Indiana trailed 21-15 late in the third quarter but Wisconsin scored 22 points in the final stanza to secure the victory. Indiana outgained the Badgers 459-435, held the football for 31:59 to Wisconsin's 28:01, outgained Wisconsin on the ground 250-228, and tallied 27 first downs.
The Game: Indiana will look to secure its first win of the season when the Hoosiers travel to Madison on Saturday to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. This past Saturday, Indiana had an opportunity to upset visiting Ohio State this past Saturday trailing 20-14 early in the fourth quarter. However, Indiana eventually fell 27-14. Ohio State outgained Indiana by only 54 total yards despite running 17 more offensive plays. Indiana senior linebacker Justin Smith recorded a career-high 18 tackles, including 4 for loss.
Wisconsin cruised to a relatively easy 24-6 victory over I-AA Western Kentucky. Freshman Anthony Davis rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns. He put the finishing touches on a 11-play, 86-yard march with a 1-yard TD plunge that made it 17-3. Wisconsin held the Hilltoppers to 143 yards, including just 28 passing.
The IU-Wisconsin Series: Wisconsin leads the series with Indiana 31-16-2 and has won the last six meetings between the two teams. IU's last win in Madison was a 28-20 victory in 1992. Wisconsin won the 2000 meeting between the two teams 43-22 and defeated IU 59-0 on the Hoosiers last visit to Madison in 1999.
Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez:
Born: December 30, 1946, in Burgettstown, Pa.
Bowl games: 16
Big Ten titles: 5
Alma Mater: Nebraska, 1969
Family: wife, Cindy; daughters Dawn (Mrs. Brad Ferguson) and Stacy (Mrs. Mike Delzer); son, Chad and grandsons, Joe and Jake Ferguson.
Coaching Career: Wisconsin, head coach, 1990-present; Notre Dame assistant, 1987-89; Iowa assistant 1979-86, Mason City (Iowa) H.S. head coach, 1976-78; Lexington (Neb.) H.S. head coach, 1974-75; Lincoln Northeast High School assistant, 1971-73.
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.
Randle El First to NCAA Mark: With 181 yards passing vs. Ohio State, senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El became the only NCAA Division I-A player in history to record 6,000 career yards passing and 3,000 career yards rushing. In 36 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,150 yards passing and 3,107 yards rushing. To put this mark in perspective, Randle El is one of only seven Division I-A QBs to reach the 4,000 passing/2,000 rushing plateau. This past Saturday vs. Georgia Tech, Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler reached the 4,000/2,000 mark.
Indiana's New Faces: Indiana's staff features two new coaches in 2001. Quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Gerald Carr joined the IU staff in January 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. 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.
A Statistical Comparison
2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
Indiana Statistic Wisconsin
163.7 (45) Rushing/Game 205.2 (19)
4.3 Rushing/Attempt 4.5
77-46-2 Att.-Comp.-INTs 129-59-7
169.3 (88) Passing/Game 184.6 (77)
333.0 (80) Total/Game 389.8 (44)
18.0 (88) Scoring/Game 23.2 (65)
2001 Defensive Averages
Indiana Statistic Wisconsin
161.3 (70) Rushing/Game 114.8 (35)
3.7 Rushing/Attempt 3.0
84-58-0 Att.-Comp.-INTs 143-65-6
238.3 (90) Pass Defense 166.6 (21)
399.7 (88) Total/Game 281.4 (16)
30.0 (91) Scoring/Game 18.4 (28)
Success in the Red Zone: Over the past several years, Indiana has been highly successful scoring touchdowns while inside the "Red Zone" (Based on having a first down play inside the 20-yard line). During the first three games in 2001, Indiana has made eight trips into the red zone and has scored seven touchdowns (87.5 percent). In 2000, the Hoosiers had 42 possessions in the red zone and scored 35 times (31 touchdowns and 4 field goals).
Linebacker Play Improving: While Indiana's linebackers struggled at times in the first two games of the season, the play at that position improved in game three vs. Ohio State. Graduated senior Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith recorded a career-high 18 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss. In the third quarter vs. Ohio State, he stopped OSU running back Jonathan Wells for no gain on 1st-and-goal from the one-yard line, and for successive one-yard losses on 2nd- and 3rd-and-goal. Also, sophomore Brandonn Baker played extensively at middle linebacker and recorded a career-high 10 tackles. Regular starting SAM linebacker Devin Schaffer played sparingly as he nursed an ankle injury. Sophomore Robert Brown replaced him in the starting lineup.
No Touchdown Passes Allowed: Versus Ohio State, Indiana did not allow a touchdown pass for the first time since a 42-6 win over Cincinnati on 9/23/00. The 194 net passing yards gained by Ohio State was the fewest passing yards recorded against an IU defense since Northwestern threw for 119 net yards on October 7, 2000.
Kickoff Return Leaders: Junior A.C. Carter and senior Levron Williams rank second and third in the Big Ten in kickoff return yardage, respectively. Carter ranks 25th nationally, averaging 26.75 yards per return, and Williams ranks 33rd at 25.8 yards per run back.
Levron Williams closes in on 2,000 yards rushing /1,000 yards receiving: Senior running back Levron Williams is on pace to become one of only a handful of Division I-A players to record 2,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards. With 80 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving vs. Ohio State, he has now recorded 1,893 yards rushing and 923 yards receiving in 33 career games.
Williams is Big Ten's All-Purpose Leader: Levron Williams is presently ranked first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in all-purpose yardage with 193.0 yards per contest. In the season's first three games, Williams has recorded 197 rushing yards, 124 receiving yards, and 258 kickoff return yards.
Defensive Improvement Shown early in the Season: Although it may seem like baby steps, in holding Utah and Ohio State to fewer than 30 points in back-to-back games, the Hoosiers recorded this achievement for the first time since the 1998 season when the IU allowed 21 points at Michigan (10/24/98) and seven points vs. Iowa (10/17/98). Although the Hoosiers allowed 35 points in its season opener at N.C. State (including seven points following the recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone), the IU defense showed much improvement from just one year ago. Indiana allowed 361 total yards to a productive N.C. State offense. The fewest total yards allowed by the IU defense in any game during the 2000 season were 353 yards vs. Cincinnati and Iowa. The 361 total yards allowed vs. the Wolfpack was the fewest yards allowed by an IU defense in a road game since the Hoosiers allowed 326 at Illinois on 11/7/98. The Ohio State game marked only the fourth time in the last 18 times that an opponent scored fewer than 30 points against the Hoosiers.
The Randle El File: IU graduate Antwaan Randle El (B.A. Sport Communication/Broadcasting in August '01) is recognized as a candidate for the 2001 Heisman Trophy. The Riverdale, Ill., product 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, 4,105 yards
2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,107 yards
3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,857 yards
4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,363 yards
5) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 2,234 yards
5) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,162 yards
7) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 2,053 yards
8) Levron Williams, Indiana, 1,891 yards
Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
1) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 6,549 yards
2) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 6,150 yards
3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 4,444 yards
4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 3,765 yards
5) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 2,912 yards
6) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 2,805 yards
Moving Up the Big Ten Charts: With 251 total yards vs. Ohio State, Randle El passed Purdue's Mark Hermann (9,134 total yards from 1977-80) to move into third place on the Big Ten's career total offensive yards list. Randle El has recorded 9,257
total yards in 36 career games.
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 with 3,037 yards, moving him past Vaughn Dunbar who rushed for 3,029 yards from 1990-91. Randle El has now rushed for 3,107 yards in 36 career games. Anthony Thompson (5,299 from 1986-89), Alex Smith (3,492 from 1994-96), and Mike Harkrader (3,257 in 1976 and 78-80) rank first through third on the list, respectively.
Randle El Ties Indiana's Career Touchdown Passes Mark: With a 44-yard touchdown pass to Levron Williams during the third quarter vs. Ohio State, Antwaan Randle El tied Steve Bradley (35 touchdown passes from 1983-85) for first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list.
The NCAA Record Book: Despite having eligibility remaining, Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El is pictured on page three of the 2001 NCAA Record Book. He is presently featured in the following categories in the book:
p. 6: MOST SEASONS GAINING 2,500 YARDS OR MORE: 3 -- Joins 14 other players including John Elway, Doug Flutie, Randall Cunningham, Ty Detmer, Peyton Manning, Daunte Culpepper, and Drew Brees.
p. 7: GAINING 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 1,000 YARDS PASSING (Season): Is one of 11 players on 12 different occasions.
p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 2,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 4,000 YARDS PASSING (Career): Is one of seven players, including current Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler, to achieve this mark.
p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 3,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 3,000 YARDS PASSING (Career): Is not listed in the 2001 book, however, reached this plateau in game two vs. Utah. He joins La-Lafayette's Brian Mitchell and Air Force's Beau Morgan on this list.
p. 7: (will be included in 2002 Record Book): A QUARTERBACK GAINING 6,000 YARDS PASSING AND 3,000 YARDS RUSHING (Career): Antwaan Randle El is the only player to achieve this mark.
p. 7: A QUARTERBACK GAINING 200 YARDS RUSHING AND 200 YARDS PASSING (Game): Randle El is one of five players in Division I-A history to have achieved this mark.
p. 8: SCORING 200 POINTS AND PASSING FOR 200 POINTS (Career): Rick Leach, Michigan, 1975-78 (scored 204, passes for 270); Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 1998-present (scored 234, passed for 214).
p. 15: PASSING FOR A TOUCHDOWN AND SCORING TOUCHOWNS BY RUSHING AND RECEIVING (GAME): By many players: Most recent, Craig Ochs, Colorado; Eric Crouch, Nebraska; Antwaan Randle El, Indiana.
p. 24: CAREER YARDS: Randle El is the only active player on this list. He is presently in 30th place on the I-A list with 9,257 total yards. Those players within his single game career average of 257.1 yards per game are as follows:
25. Chris Weinke, Florida State, 9,473 yards
26. Shaun King, Tulane, 9,468 yards
27. Terrence Jones, Tulane, 9,445 yards
28. David Klingler, Houston, 9,363 yards
29. Shawn Jones, Georgia Tech, 9,296 yards
30. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 9,257 yards
p. 30: QUARTERBACK RUSHING (SEASON YARDS): With 1,270 rushing yards in 2000, ranks ninth on the single-season list (Beau Morgan is first with 1,494 yards in 1996).
p. 30: QUARTERBACK RUSHING (CAREER YARDS): Is currently 7th on the career rushing list with 3,107 yards. Air Force's Dee Dowis (1986-89) is first on the career list with 3,612 rushing yards. Randle El will need to average just over 63 yards per contest in Indiana's final eight games of the regular season to pass Dowis.
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.
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 three sacks in the first three 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 25 games.
The following milestones that may be reached by IU Players during the next few games:
Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El...
needs one touchdown pass to pass Steve Bradley (35 TD passes, 1983-85) to move into first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list.
Senior running back Levron Williams...
needs 93 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 1,891 career yards rushing and 923 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 included 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 returned in 2001. While production has fallen a little in 2001, Williams is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, Randle El (4.8 ypc), Johnson (5.3), and Brian Lewis (4.6). No other back has carried the football more than twice.
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. Indiana trailed Ohio State 20-14 early in the fourth quarter but fell 27-14.
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, some help has arrived. Antonio Watson and Willie Northern (earned starts at safety in games 1-3), 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, who 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, returned to the lineup after sitting out the entire 2000 campaign to concentrate on academics.
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.
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 are competing 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 will also be a candidate
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. Smith recorded 18 tackles, including 4 for loss, in game three vs. Ohio State. 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: In addition to Levron Williams's exploits on the playing field, he is also an outstanding artist who is becoming known for his drawings. Recently, he constructed a football helmet out of limestone and has constructed a football player out of wire. His art work was recently featured in a photograph in the Bloomington Herald-Times.
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 106 yards and one touchdown in the first two games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 5 passes for 45 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 vs. Wisconsin include many players who have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (25 games played/14 games started, 13/13 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (14GP/14GS), C Craig Osika (35/30, 14/14 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (25/25), RT Bobby Brandt (25/14, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (25G/7GS), RB Levron Williams (33GP/25GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (36/36, 35/35 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (11/2), and TE Kris Dielman (25/3).
Nelson Lost for Season: 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 with a degenerative shoulder injury.
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. He also recorded a reception in game three vs. Ohio State.
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 three games. Versus Ohio State, the Hoosiers had a punt blocked. 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.
"The Quote Book"
Head coach Cam Cameron following the Ohio State game: "You're sitting on the back end of a game - does that mean the season's over? No, it's not. We have a lot of big games to play. You make one of two choices when you face adversity, you either compete and battle and hang in there and fight tooth and nail , or you quit. There is nobody on this team that is going to quit. We're going to continue to work to make this a good football team.. There's no reason for you guys to believe we're going to be, (but) we believe." - September 29, 2001
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."
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.