Football

    Weekly Press Release for Game Against Illinois

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    Indiana (1-3, 1-1) vs. Illinois (4-1, 1-1)

    When: Saturday, October 13, 2001; 1:00 p.m. EST
    Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
    Television: No live broadcast
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 14-34, fifth season
    Illinois's Ron Turner: 27-34 overall, 20-30 in his fifth season at Illinois
    Series History: Illinois leads overall series 38-17-3 and holds a 12-10-1 advantage in games played in Bloomington
    Last Game: Illinois 42, Indiana 35 in Champaign on 11/4/00; Despite Indiana's significant advantages in first downs (31-24), total yards (577-376) and time of possession (34:54-25:06), Illinois QB Kurt Kittner's one-yard touchdown run with :25 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter provided Illinois a 42-35 victory before 54,283 in Champaign.

    The Game: With only three undefeated teams in the Big Ten Conference play, both teams enter Saturday's homecoming contest in the thick of the Big Ten race with identical 1-1 records. Indiana will look to build upon last Saturday's record setting offensive performance in a 63-32 win at Wisconsin. Also last Saturday, the Fighting Illini secured an impressive 25-14 victory over Minnesota at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS.

    The IU-Illinois Series: Illinois leads the overall series between the two teams 38-17-3 and maintains a 12-10-1 record in games played in Bloomington. Since Ron Turner and Cam Cameron began coaching at their respective schools in 1997, the programs have traded victories with both teams winning on their home turf. Illinois defeated Indiana 42-35 in Champaign in 2000 and Indiana overcame a 28-7 deficit in 1999 to win in overtime, 34-31.

    A Record Setting Day vs. the Badgers: Indiana's offense produced a record setting performance during last Saturday's visit to Wisconsin. The Hoosiers set a school record for points scored in a Big Ten contest with 63. Also, the 63 points matched the most points ever scored against a Wisconsin football team and was the most since Minnesota scored 63 against the Badgers in 1890.

    Saturday's 63-point effort was the most points scored by an Indiana team in a Big Ten Conference football game. The top five scoring outputs are as follows:
    63 -- at Wisconsin, Oct. 6, 2001
    52 -- at Purdue, Nov. 21, 1988
    52 -- at Iowa, 1945.
    51 -- vs. Minnesota, Oct. 14, 2000
    49 -- at Minnesota, 1945

    Williams Equals Big Ten Mark: Throughout the 2001 campaign, senior running back Levron Williams has played the best football of his impressive career. However, in last Saturday's 63-32 win at Wisconsin, Williams most certainly produced his most productive game. The Evansville, Ind., product rushed 20 times for 280 yards and 6 scores. The six touchdowns ties him with Michigan State's Blake Ezor (6 TDs vs. Northwestern on 11/18/89) for most touchdowns in a Big Ten contest. Williams averaged 14 yards per carry and recorded runs of 56, 51, 48, and 44 yards.

    A Statistical Comparison
    2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
    Indiana Statistic Illinois
    235.0 (10) Rushing/Game 120.8 (86)
    5.6 Rushing/Attempt 3.2
    90-54-2 Att.-Comp.-INTs 182-93-4
    172.5 (86) Passing/Game 270.6 (27)
    407.5 (31) Total/Game 391.4 (41)
    29.25 (35) Scoring/Game 28.0 (42)

    2001 Defensive Averages
    Indiana Statistic Illinois
    147.5 (56) Rushing/Game 139.2 (51)
    3.5 Rushing/Attempt 3.6
    109-74-1 Att.-Comp.-INTs 182-97-8
    235.0 (84) Pass Defense 238.4 (89)
    382.5 (78) Total/Game 377.6 (74)
    30.5 (90) Scoring/Game 19.6 (37)

    The Coaches:
    Illinois' Ron Turner:
    Born: December 5, 1953
    Hometown: Martinez, Calif.
    Education: B.A. Physical Education, University of Pacific, 1977
    Family: Wife: Wendy; Children: Morgan, Cameron, Callan, Madison
    Playing Experience: Diablo Valley College (1973-74); Pacific (1975-76)
    Coaching Career: Illinois, head coach, 1997-present; Chicago Bears, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 1993-96; San Jose State, head coach, 1992; Stanford University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 1989-91; Texas A&M, quarterbacks, 1988; Southern California, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/receivers, 1985-87; University of Pittsburgh, quarterbacks/receivers, 1983-84; Northwestern, quarterbacks/receivers, 1981-82; Arizona, quarterbacks/wide receivers, 1978-80; Pacific, graduate assistant, 1977.

    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.

    An Unbelievable Start: When quarterback Antwaan Randle El connected with tight end Aaron Halterman on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:13 remaining in the first quarter, it provided the Hoosiers a 32-0 advantage. Amazingly, IU scored its first 32 points in only 2:31 time of possession.

    More Marks Against the Badgers: Indiana's 42 points in the first half at Wisconsin set a school record for points in a half. Levron Williams's 280 rushing yards is the second-best single game rushing total in IU history. IU assistant head coach Anthony Thompson rushed for 377 yards at Wisconsin on November 11, 1989.

    Quality Competition: The combined record of the three teams to whom the Hoosiers have lost in 2001 is 10-3. North Carolina State (3-1), who is receiving votes in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll, has one loss, a 17-9 setback vs. North Carolina, a team that defeated Florida State, 41-9. Utah (4-1), who is also receiving votes in the USA Today poll, early in the season lost at Oregon 24-10 and the Ducks are presently ranked sixth in the poll. Also, 25th-ranked Ohio State is 3-1 and the Buckeyes' only loss came at 7th-ranked UCLA.

    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 37 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,332 yards passing and 3,209 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. Two weeks ago vs. Georgia Tech, Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler reached the 4,000/2,000 mark.

    Williams Among NCAA and Big Ten Leaders: As of October 7, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in all-purpose yards per game (214.8 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in scoring (13.5 ppg), and is second in the Big Ten Conference and 14th nationally in rushing yards per game (119.2 ypg).

    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 four games in 2001, Indiana has made 15 trips into the red zone and has scored 13 touchdowns (86.7 touchdown percentage) and one field goal (14 scores in 15 trips overall, 93.3 conversion percentage). In 2000, the Hoosiers recorded 42 possessions in the red zone and scored 35 times (31 touchdowns and 4 field goals).

    Smith Continues to Make Plays: Senior graduate Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith recorded 11 tackles, including 3 for loss and a sack, along with a forced fumble at Wisconsin. Smith currently ranks 6th in the Big Ten in tackles with 10.5 per contest and fourth in tackles for loss with a 2.0 per game average. In Big Ten games only, Smith is tied for the Big Ten lead with Wisconsin's Wendell Bryant in tackles for loss with an average of 3.5 per contest.

    Wallace Sets the Tone: Head coach Cam Cameron believes it was senior cornerback Sharrod Wallace who may have set the tone for Indiana's game vs. Wisconsin when he broke up a bomb from QB Brooks Bollinger to wide receiver Lee Evans on the Badgers' first play from scrimmage. However, Wallace did not stop there as the Harrisburg, Pa., product recovered a fumble on Wisconsin's third possession of the game and forced a fumble by RB Jerone Pettus late in the first quarter that Indiana turned into its 32nd point on its next offensive possession.

    It's Been Too Long: With four takeaways and only one turnover at Wisconsin, Indiana won the ever important turnover battle in a game for the first time since the Hoosiers lost at Minnesota 44-20 on November 13, 1999. It also marked the first time since September 19, 1998, that IU finished +3 or better in a contest. In that 1998 game, IU intercepted Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch four times but lost 31-27 at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Special Teams Improvement: While kicking and punting have remained a problem, IU's special teams in many other areas continue to make tremendous gains. Junior Brian Lewis' punt block, which sophomore Duane Stone returned for a touchdown, was Indiana's first touchdown as a direct result of a punt block since Nathan Davis returned a blocked punt 51 yards for a touchdown vs. Purdue on 11/23/96. Also, Indiana is second in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage, allowing only 17.2 yards per return. The Hoosiers lead in Big Ten games only, allowing only 13.3 yards per kickoff return.

    Levron Williams surpasses the 2,000-yard rushing plateau and 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 280 yards rushing at Wisconsin, he has now recorded 2,171 yards rushing and 923 yards receiving in 34 career games.

    ESPN's Coach and Player of the Week: ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski named Levron Williams and Cam Cameron his national player and coach of the week, respectively, following the Hoosiers 63-32 win over Wisconsin.

    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, 4,185 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,209 yards
    3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,863 yards
    4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,364 yards
    5) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 2,234 yards
    6) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,227 yards
    7) Levron Williams, Indiana, 2,171 yards
    8) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 2,063 yards

    Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
    1) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 6,788 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 6,332 yards
    3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 4,553 yards
    4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 3,887 yards
    5) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 3,079 yards
    6) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 3,027 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. In 37 career games, Randle El has recorded 9,541 total yards.

    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 to 1991. Randle El has now rushed for 3,209 yards in 37 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 Breaks Indiana's Career Touchdown Passes Mark: With a 4-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Halterman during the first quarter at Wisconsin, Antwaan Randle El moved past Steve Bradley (35 touchdown passes from 1983-85) into 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 220).

    p. 15: PASSING FOR A TOUCHDOWN AND SCORING TOUCHDOWNS 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 25th place on the I-A list with 9,541 total yards. Those players within his single game career average of 257.9 yards per game are as follows:

    22. Brian McClure, Bowling Green, 9,774 yards
    23. Jim McMahon, Brigham Young, 9,723 yards
    24. Glenn Foley, Boston College, 9,702 yards
    25. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 9,541 yards
    26. 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
    30. Shawn Jones, Georgia Tech, 9,296 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 3,209 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 57 yards per contest in Indiana's final seven 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 14 of its last 26 games.

    The following milestones that may be reached by IU Players during the next few games:

    Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El...
    • needs 91 rushing yards to pass Tampa's Fred Solomon to move into sixth place on the Division I-A career rushing list for quarterbacks.

    Senior running back Levron Williams...
    • needs 58 yards rushing to pass Lonnie Johnson (2,228 yards rushing from 1977-80) to move into 8th place on IU's career rushing yardage list. Williams presently has 2,171 career yards rushing and 923 career yards receiving.

    One of the Most Amazing Stats: Indiana is averaging 5.6 yards per carry in 2001. Amazingly, last fall, 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. In 2001, Williams is averaging 7.9 yards per carry, Randle El (5.5 ypc), Johnson (4.6), and Brian Lewis (4.4). No other back has carried the football more than five times.

    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 1-2), 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 and recorded a sack at Wisconsin. 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. Junior tackle A.C. Myler's brother, Joe, is a true freshman at Central Michigan.

    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 and 11 tackles, including 3 for loss, in game four at Wisconsin. 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 116 yards and one touchdown in the first four games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 9 passes for 141 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. Illinois includes many players who have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (26 games played/15 games started, 14/14 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (15GP/15GS), C Craig Osika (36/31, 15/15 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (26/26), RT Bobby Brandt (26/15, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (26G/8GS), RB Levron Williams (34GP/26GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (37/37, 36/36 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (12/3), and TE Kris Dielman (26/4).

    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.

    Four True Freshmen See Action: So far in 2001, four 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 season opener 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 at N.C. State 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 and returned a punt for 5 yards at Wisconsin. Bryan Robertson saw the first action of his career as a punter vs. Utah and has handled IU's place kicking in games 3-4. Linebacker Martin Lapostolle has also seen action.

    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.

    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.

    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 four games. In the road opener at Wisconsin, the Hoosiers blocked a punt for a touchdown yet missed three extra points. 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 on the Wisconsin game: "I don't think the Lord decides on whether it's Wisconsin or Indiana who wins the game - I don't think he cares - but he has really blessed us with a group of kids who kept believing in us and one another. I think we're extremely blessed to have the kind of kids and staff we have on our team. There is nothing more important than players hanging in there and just being able to block out all the negatives and continue to believe in what we're doing. It's not easy, but we've been able to get it done until this point.''

    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

    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.

    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.

     

     


       

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