Oct. 10, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hitting the road for the first time in 2013, Indiana (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) heads to Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Spartan Stadium (75,005; Grass) on ESPN2. The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU winner since the trophy's inception in 1950.
Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline) will call the game. It can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 113 and XM 193 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the broadcast.
Four Hoosiers hail from the state of Michigan, including OL Bill Ivan (Charlevoix/Charlevoix), K Dong Kim (Okemos, Mich./Okemos), OL Bernard Taylor (Detroit/Dakota) and FB Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City/St. Francis).
Indiana's associate director of player personnel Herb Haygood starred as a wide receiver and kick returner at Michigan State (1998-2001). He served as team captain and earned All-America recognition as a kicker returner in 2001.
Inside The Offense
Offensively, Indiana returned 10 starters, 24 letterwinners and 193 career starts, which ranked fifth nationally. This week's depth chart features four seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores and five freshmen, including one true freshman.
Under Kevin Wilson Indiana Has...
In 2013 Indiana Has...
Scored 35-plus points 10 times
Scored 40-plus points five times
Reached 500-plus yards of total offense six times
Reached 550-plus yards of total offense five times
Reached 600-plus yards of total offense three times
Thrown for 300-plus yards 14 times
Thrown for 350-plus yards seven times
Thrown for 400-plus yards three times
Posted 200-plus rushing yards eight times
Posted 250-plus rushing yards five times
Posted 300-plus rushing yards three times
Scored 35-plus points four times
Scored 40-plus points three times
Reached 500-plus yards of total offense two times
Reached 550-plus yards of total offense two times
Reached 600-plus yards of total offense two times
Thrown for 300-plus yards five times
Thrown for 350-plus yards two times
Posted 200-plus rushing yards two times
Posted 250-plus rushing yards two times
Posted 300-plus rushing yards two times
Indiana leads the Big Ten in total offense (535.0, ninth nationally), passing offense (346.0, 10th) and yards per completion (14.7, 14th), is second in total touchdowns (30, T-12th), TD passes (16, T-9th) and scoring offense (44.4, 11th) and is fourth in passing efficiency (158.2, 21st).
Sophomore Nate Sudfeld is first in passing yards (1,467, 19th), passing yards per game (293.4, 16th), total offense (1,480), total offense per game (296.0, 26th), passing touchdowns (13, T-13th) and points responsible for per game (16.8, T-21st), is second in completions per game (20.8, T-26th) and is third in passing efficiency (159.3, 21st), completion percentage (64.2) and yards per completion (14.1, 24th).
Fifth-year senior Ted Bolser is tied for second nationally among tight ends with four touchdowns, is tied for 14th with 15 receptions and is 20th with 174 yards. He leads Big Ten tight ends in TDs and catches (tied) and is third in yards.
Sophomore Tevin Coleman is tied for third in scoring (8.4), fourth in all-purpose yards (139.0, 27th), rushing yards (478, 28th) and rushing yards per game (95.6, 30th). His seven rushing TDs are tied for 12th among running backs in the country.
Junior Cody Latimer is third with 97.2 receiving yards per game (24th), 486 receiving yards (24th) and 5.6 receptions per game.
Senior Kofi Hughes is 10th with 59.0 receiving yards per game.
Bolser and junior wide receiver Shane Wynn are tied for fourth in the Big Ten with four receiving TDs.
Indiana is averaging 5.9 plays in 1:43 while covering 60.7 yards on its 32 scoring drives (29 TDs).
Excluding the Navy game, IU is averaging 5.2 plays in 1:29 while covering 57.3 yards on its 27 scoring drives (24 TDs).
The Hoosiers have 11 scoring drives (all TDs) under 60 seconds and 17 (16 TDs) under 90 seconds.
Seventeen scoring drives (16 TDs) have taken five-or-fewer plays - one play (two), two plays (two), three plays (six), four plays (five) and five plays (two).
Indiana is running one play every 19.9 seconds.
Twenty-six (23 TDs) of IU's 32 scoring drives have taken three minutes or less.
In 2012, the Hoosiers had 12 TD drives under 60 seconds and 23 TD drives under 90 seconds.
Indiana had 17 TD drives of five plays or fewer.
IU ran one play every 20.3 seconds.
Forty-four (34 TDs) of the Hoosiers 60 scoring drives took three minutes or less.
Inside The Defense
Defensively, the Hoosiers returned eight starters, 25 letterwinners and 147 career starts. This week's depth chart features three seniors, 12 juniors, six sophomores and seven freshmen, including five true freshmen.
Indiana is tied for third in the Big Ten with 2.2 sacks per game (11 total) and sits fifth in red zone defense at 76.2 percent. Junior end John Laihinen and sophomore end Nick Mangieri own 2.5 sacks apiece and share fourth, while sophomore tackle Adarius Rayner is tied for ninth with two sacks.
Junior cornerback Tim Bennett leads the nation with 14 pass breakups and sophomore cornerback Michael Hunter is tied for 10th with six passes defended (5 PBUs, 1 interception).
Four Hoosiers rank in the top 15 in tackles: junior linebacker David Cooper (8.2 per game, T-5th), fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban (7.4, 11th), Bennett (7.2, T-12th) and true freshman middle linebacker T.J. Simmons (7.0, T-15th).
Heban is also tied for eighth with two interceptions.
Bennett is tied for sixth with one fumble recovery along with true freshman safety Antonio Allen and sophomore end Zack Shaw.
True freshman linebacker Marcus Oliver shares first and ninth nationally with two forced fumbles.
In the team's three wins, Indiana defensive coordinator Doug Mallory's defense has delivered.
The Hoosiers are surrendering just 4.5 yards per play, including 3.0 yards per rush.
IU has turned its opponents over five times, forced four fumbles, recovered three, picked off a pair of passes and recorded a safety.
The defense has seven sacks (32 yards) and 18 tackles for loss (63 yards).
In addition to its two interceptions, Indiana has broken up 29 passes.
The Hoosiers have forced 15 three-and-outs and opponents have punted 16 times.
Opponents are 26-of-72 on third and fourth down conversions (36.1 percent).
Special Teams Rankings
Indiana is second in the Big Ten in punt return average (16.0, T-10th nationally) and kickoff coverage (42.6, 26th).
Mitch Ewald leads the league in kickoff average (64.8), and he is second with 27 extra points (T-9th) and 22 touchbacks.
Indiana returned 52 letterwinners and 384 career starts, which was tied for the sixth-most nationally.
Despite that total, IU only has 10 seniors, which is the fourth fewest number in the county.
The Hoosiers have played eight true freshmen, including TE Danny Friend and RB Laray Smith on offense, and DT Darius Latham, DE David Kenney, LBs T.J. Simmons, Clyde Newton and Marcus Oliver, and S Antonio Allen on defense, and 13 redshirt freshmen.
Indiana played 16 true freshmen in 2011, tied for the third-most in the country.
Additionally, 16 redshirt freshmen saw action. The 32 total freshmen were the highest total in the nation.
IU played 11 true freshmen and five redshirt in 2012.
In 2012, 24 of the 35 starters were underclassmen - 13 on offense and 11 on defense - including 21 sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two true freshmen.