Middleton Named Midseason All-American
Oct. 12, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Defensive end Greg Middleton has been named a Midseason All-American by SI.com. Middleton, who leads the team and is second in the nation with 8.5 sacks, was named to the second team on the defensive line.
Middleton is the second Hoosier in as many years to earn midseason accolades from SI.com. In 2006, kick returner Marcus Thigpen was named to the publication's All-America squad at midseason.
Middleton received his first start in the season opener vs. Indiana State, picked up the first two sacks of his career and has been the Hoosiers' most disruptive defensive force ever since. The sophomore right end out of Pike High School in Indianapolis leads the Big Ten and is second nationally with his 8.5 sacks. After posting a career-high 2.5 at Iowa, Middleton recorded one sack against Minnesota, a team that allowed just three sacks in five games before facing the Hoosiers.
His 8.5 sacks move him into fourth place on the single-season IU sack list and are the most in a season since current Chicago Bear Adewale Ogunleye collected 10 in 1997. Middleton is just 1.5 sacks away from becoming the fourth Hoosier to ever collect double-digit sacks in a season and is on pace to eclipse Van Waiters' school record of 14 set in 1987.
In addition to his performance against ISU, Middleton reached the two-sack mark again vs. Akron. He saved perhaps his most impressive feat for the team's victory at Western Michigan, where he scooped up a fumble forced by junior defensive tackle Greg Brown and rumbled 44 yards for his first career touchdown. The score advanced the Hoosiers' lead to 17-7 in the second quarter and was the first fumble TD return by an IU defensive player since Troy Grosfield brought home a 15-yard fumble against Wisconsin on Sept. 30, 2006.
Middleton also shares sixth in the Big Ten and 26th nationally with 8.5 tackles for loss this season. The total is the most for an IU defensive lineman since Jodie Clemons' 12 in 2003.
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