Indiana Concludes Non-Conference Schedule at Virginia
Oct. 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wrapping up its non-conference schedule, the Indiana football team (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) heads to Charlottesville, Va., to meet Virginia (1-3, 1-0 ACC). The Hoosiers and Cavaliers will square off for the first time at Scott Stadium (61,500) on Saturday, Oct. 10. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be carried live on ESPN360.com.
Frank Giardina will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Sonny Randle. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 129 and XM 197 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Coming Into His Own
In addition to his second 100-yard game this season and the third of his career, Doss collected 193 all-purpose yards at Michigan. The sophomore wideout caught five balls for 104 yards and a career-long 56-yarder, ran the ball three times for 41 yards, including rushing the pitch on an option toss from Mitchell Evans 25 yards for his first ground score, and returned two kicks for 48 yards.
Doss, a 6-3, Indianapolis product, has led the Hoosiers in receiving all five games. He matched a career high with eight receptions against Eastern Kentucky and set a new career best with 125 receiving yards. He also pulled in 85 yards and six catches vs. Western Michigan and 60 yards and seven receptions at Akron.
The Ben Davis High School product paces the team with 470 yards, 32 receptions, 94.0 yards per game and a 14.7 average per catch. Doss is second in the Big Ten in yards per game and third in catches per game (6.4). He also owns 121 kick return yards and 66 rushing yards and is third in the conference with 131.4 all-purpose yards per contest. Doss has surpassed 100 all-purpose yards each of the last two games and three times this season.
UVa averages 19.5 points, 93.0 rushing yards, 179.2 passing yards and 272.2 total yards per game. Senior quarterback Jameel Sewell averages 162.0 yards and has completed 51.4 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ranks second on the team with 88 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground.
Vic Hall, who suffered an injury in the Cavs' season opener, returned at UNC and took snaps under center in the "Hoo Cat" formation, Virginia's "Wildcat" attack. The senior, who also plays cornerback, ran the ball once, caught a pass and threw a pass, which was negated by a penalty.
Senior Mikell Simpson rushed for 100 yards against the Tar Heels and leads the team with 164 rushing yards and a 5.0 average to go along with one score. Sophomore Kris Burd paces the wide receivers with 14 catches for 163 yards and one TD.
The UVa defense ranks eighth nationally allowing 156.5 passing yards each time out. It has surrendered 24.0 points, 145.2 rushing yards and 301.8 total yards per game. The Cavaliers have forced eight turnovers (four INTs, four fumbles) and own seven sacks.
Redshirt freshman inside linebacker Steve Greer leads the team with 31 tackles, 17 solo, 3.5 tackles for loss and has one sack. Senior defensive end Nate Collins heads the defense with two sacks, while senior cornerback Chris Cook sits atop the club with two interceptions.
Al Groh is in his ninth season at Virginia and owns a 57-47 record (.548). He has guided the Cavaliers to five bowl appearances and he is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year. Groh's overall record is 83-87 (.488) in his 15th overall season with a six-year stint at Wake Forest (1981-86).
Hoosier assistant head coach Dennis Springer worked on Cavalier offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon's staff when Brandon was head coach at Bowling Green from (2003-06).
Fisher raced four returns for 130 yards (32.5 average) with a long of 60 yards at Michigan and ran back four kicks for 129 yards (32.3 average) against Michigan. He leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally averaging 34.6 yards per kick return.
Defensively, the Hoosiers collected three sacks in the ballgame. Ohio State came into the game allowing three sacks in its first four contests.
Both players appear on the Watch List for the 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Kirlew, one of six finalists for the honor in 2008, and Middleton, one of eight finalists for the award in 2007, are two of 30 preseason candidates. The two are one of only a pair of teammates from the same university on the list, joining Oklahoma ends Jeremy Beal and Auston English.
Kirlew was also selected to the Chuck Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists in addition to being named first team All-Big Ten by Lindy's preseason magazine and Sporting News and preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports. Lindy's also rated him the eighth-best end in the country.
The Orlando native earned first team All-Big Ten from the conference media and second team by the league's coaches and collected honorable mention SI.com All-American honors last season. He also secured second team Rivals.com All-Big Ten and received the team's Anthony Thompson MVP Award, outstanding defensive lineman award and defensive player of the year honors. Kirlew finished the 2008 campaign with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, both ranked fourth on Indiana's single-season list. Additionally, he was second in the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally in sacks and third in the league and sixth nationally in tackles for loss.
Middleton, a 2007 All-American, became the first IU defensive lineman since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997 to earn first team All-Big Ten honors that same season. He set a new single-season school record with 16 sacks, which also led the nation.
Dominant In 2009
Kirlew is second in the Big Ten and tied for eighth nationally with 9.5 tackles for loss, shares second with 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, and is tied for third with two fumble recoveries. Middleton shares fifth in the league with three sacks and is tied for sixth with 6.5 tackles for loss.
The duo spent a lot of time in the Michigan backfield, as Middleton posted two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and six tackles, and Kirlew collected two tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble on the same play and added seven tackles. Kirlew posted five tackles, one sack and forced a fumble the following Saturday against Ohio State. He moved into a share of fourth on the team with 23 tackles.
Kirlew recovered a key fourth quarter fumble in the opener and made three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks against Western Michigan and 2.5 TFLs and one sack at Akron. He has three career games with three-or-more tackles for loss, 14 multi-TFL contests and five multi-sack games.
Middleton forced a fumble at the IU 8-yard line that Justin Carrington recovered with 1:20 left to preserve the victory against Western Michigan. He finished the game with two tackles for loss and was all over the field at Akron, collecting six tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. The Indianapolis, Ind., native now has seven multi-sack ballgames and nine multi-tackle for loss contests in his career.
Where There's A Willis
Willis, who earned his first career start the next week vs. Ohio State, became the eighth freshman in Hoosier lore to break the 150-yard mark and the first since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Purdue, 2003), the first since De'Wayne Hogan (at Wisconsin, 1997) to break 100 yards in his Big Ten debut and the first freshman to go over 100 yards since Green-Ellis. He is sixth in the Big Ten averaging 61.0 yards per game (244 yards, 45 attempts) and leads the team in carries, yards, TDs (3) and yards per carry (5.4).
After redshirting last year, Willis received three carries in the opener and missed the Western Michigan game with an ankle injury. Willis returned at Akron and led the team with 66 yards on 15 carries (4.4 average) and reached the end zone for the first time. The 2008 co-offensive scout team player rushed for 1,728 yards (6.0 average) and 28 scores and was runner-up for Indiana Mr. Football his senior campaign at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. He collected all-state, All-Marion County and all-conference honors.
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