Weekly Press Release for Game Against Iowa

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    October 14, 2001

    Weekly Release #6:
    Indiana (1-4, 1-2) at Iowa (3-2, 1-2)

    Saturday, October 20, 2001; 11:10 a.m. local
    Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
    Television: ESPN Regional (WB4 in Indianapolis)
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 14-35, fifth season
    Iowa's Kirk Ferentz: 19-42 overall, 7-21 in his third season at Iowa
    Series History: Iowa leads the overall series 35-25-1 and holds a 19-9-3 advantage in games played in Iowa City
    Last Game between the two teams: IU held a 21-3 halftime advantage and led 31-13 early in the fourth quarter but Iowa scored 20 fourth-quarter points to narrow IU's winning margin to 45-33. Iowa trailed only 38-33 with 1:32 remaining in the game but Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El scored on a 12-yard run with 1:06 remaining to seal the victory.

    The Game: Three full weeks into the Big Ten race, Michigan remains the league's lone unbeaten team in conference play. Thus, Saturday's game between Iowa and IU is a critical contest for both teams if either club hopes to remain a factor in the Big Ten race. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 1-2 Big Ten record having lost at home vs. Illinois this past weekend, 35-14. Iowa suffered a hard-fought 31-28 loss at Michigan State and is also 1-2 in Big Ten play.

    The IU-Iowa Series: Since losing 62-0 at Iowa City in 1997, Indiana has won three consecutive games against the Hawkeyes -- a 14-7 decision in Bloomington in 1998, a 38-31 triumph at Iowa City in 1999, and a 45-33 decision last year. Iowa leads the overall series against the Hoosiers 35-25-1 and maintain a 19-9-3 record in games played in Iowa City.

    A Little Deceiving: While Illinois certainly deserved its 35-14 win over Indiana, the final tally is certainly not a reflection of the competitiveness of the football game. With less than 5:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Indiana trailed 7-6 and possessed the football at its own 24-yard line. However, Illinois wore down the Hoosiers in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the victory. Indiana actually produced more first downs than the Illini, more passing yards, and were outgained by only 33 total yards.

    The Nation's Eighth-Toughest Schedule: According to the most recent Sagarin Ratings Index, Indiana has played the eighth-most difficult schedule in the country thus far in 2001. The combined record of Indiana's five opponents currently stands at 19-9. Of IU's five opponents, Illinois (receiving votes it USA Today Coaches' poll) has recorded a 5-1 overall record. North Carolina State's (3-2) only setbacks came against North Carolina and Clemson. Utah (4-1), who is also receiving votes in the USA Today poll, lost its only game, 24-10, at Oregon. Ohio State (also receiving votes) is 3-2 with a loss at UCLA and vs. Wisconsin. Indiana defeated Wisconsin (also receiving votes) and the Badgers presently maintain a 4-3 overall record. Penn State is the first team that IU will play in 2001 that may have a losing record when the two teams face one another.

    Top Graduation Rates: In the NCAA's most recent graduation report, Indiana (86 percent) recorded the fifth-best graduation rate in the country trailing only Stanford (93%), Rice (92%), Syracuse (91%), and Tulane (89%).

    A Statistical Comparison
    2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
    Indiana Statistic Iowa
    226.8 (12) Rushing/Game 150.6 (57)
    5.5 Rushing/Attempt 3.7
    126-72-3 Att.-Comp.-INTs 154-97-7
    171.0 (86) Passing/Game 225.0 (47)
    397.8 (42) Total/Game 375.6 (55)
    26.2 (49) Scoring/Game 32.2 (24)

    2001 Defensive Averages
    Indiana Statistic Iowa
    173.2 (78) Rushing/Game 94.2 (16)
    3.8 Rushing/Attempt 2.9
    126-86-2 Att.-Comp.-INTs 145-74-4
    211.2 (62) Pass Defense 160.0 (10)
    384.4 (77) Total/Game 254.2 (6)
    31.4 (96) Scoring/Game 18.2 (23)

    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 Sets Big Ten Mark: Throughout the 2001 campaign, senior running back Levron Williams has played the best football of his impressive career having rushed for 568 yards and 9 touchdowns in five games. However, during Indiana's 63-32 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 6, Williams most certainly produced the most productive game of his career. 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. The 6 touchdowns set an IU school record as well.

    Smith Continues to Make Plays: Senior graduate Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith has lived up to his advanced billing throughout the 2001 campaign. Versus Illinois, and for the third time in as many games, recorded double digit sacks as he tallied 12 tackles. One week earlier at Wisconsin, recorded 11 tackles, including 3 for loss and a sack, along with a forced fumble. Smith currently ranks 6th in the Big Ten in tackles with 10.8 per contest. In Big Ten games only, Smith is tied for third in tackles with 13.7 per contest and tackles for loss with seven. Last year vs. Iowa, Smith recorded 13 tackles, including six for loss and four sacks.

    Protecting the Quarterback: In five games this fall, Indiana's offense has surrendered only three sacks, including no sacks allowed in three Big Ten games. The total of three sacks allowed ties Indiana for the third-best mark in the country.

    1. Miami (Fla.) - 0 sacks allowed in 5 games
    2. San Jose State - 2 sacks allowed in 5 games
    3. Indiana - 3 sacks allowed in 5 games
    3. Air Force - 3 sacks allowed in 5 games
    3. Utah - 3 sacks allowed in 5 games

    Certainly the elusiveness of Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El contributes to the success of IU's pass protection, however, Virginia Tech's Michael Vick was sacked 22 times in 2000.

    Playing Down Hill: Senior linebacker Justin Smith and senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen continue to climb Indiana's career tackle for loss chart. Rasmussen recorded two sacks vs. Illinois.

    Indiana - Career Tackles for Loss
    1. 64 Adewale Ogunleye, 1996-99
    2. 44 Van Waiters, 1985-87
    3. 40 Greg Farrall, 1988-91
    4. 37 Nathan Davis, 1993-96
    5. 35 Joe Huff, 1984, 86-88
    6. 34 Ed McGuire, 1969-70
    7. 30 Justin Smith, 1998-present
    8. 25.5 Kemp Rasmussen, 1998-present

    Five Yards a Pop:
    Indiana is averaging 5.45 yards per carry in 2001. The only other Division I-A schools who are averaging more than 5.0 yards per carry this fall are East Carolina (6.09), Brigham Young (5.97), Nebraska (5.74), Middle Tennessee State (5.26), Ohio (5.14), Alabama (5.06)

    Closing in on the Top 20: Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El is presently in 22nd place on the I-A total yardage list with 9,788 yards passing and rushing. He needs 162 total yards to pass Donovan McNabb to move into 20th on the list. Those players within his single game career average of 257.6 yards per game are as follows:

    20. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards
    21. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 9,825 yards
    22. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 9,788 yards
    23. Brian McClure, Bowling Green, 9,774 yards
    24. Jim McMahon, Brigham Young, 9,723 yards
    25. Glenn Foley, Boston College, 9,702 yards
    26. Chris Weinke, Florida State, 9,473 yards
    27. Shaun King, Tulane, 9,468 yards

    Closing in on other NCAA Milestones: With 3,291 career yards rushing, Antwaan Randle El is on pace to become the NCAA Division I-A career rushing leader by a quarterback. Randle El needs to average approximately 54 yards per contest in Indiana's remaining six games to move into first place on the all-time list that follows:

    1. Dee Dowis, Air Force, 3,612 yards (1986-89)
    2. Kareem Wilson, Ohio, 3,597 yards (95-98)
    3. Chris McCoy, Navy, 3,401 yards (95-97)
    4. Beau Morgan, Air Force, 3,379 yards (94-96)
    5. Brian Mitchell, La.-Lafayette, 3,335 yards (86-89)
    6. Fred Solomon, Tampa, 3,299 yards (71-74)
    7. Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,291 yards (1998-)
    8. Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 2,991 yards (1998-)

    It's Been Too Long: After almost a year without winning the turnover battle, the Hoosiers finished on the plus side of the takeaway/giveaway chart for the second consecutive week as IU forced a fumble and recorded an interception while allowing only an interception against Illinois. Indiana is now even on the year on the turnover table. 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.

    Improving Pass Defense: During the past three weeks, Indiana has allowed 116 yards passing vs. Illinois, 225 yards passing at Wisconsin, and 194 yards passing vs. Ohio State. Recording three games of allowing fewer than 230 yards passing marked the first time since the middle of the 1995 season that the Hoosiers have not allowed more than 230 yards passing in three consecutive Big Ten games. Also, for the first time since the last three games of the 1997 season, Indiana has held three consecutive Big Ten opponents to fewer than 400 total yards.

    Randle El First to NCAA Mark: With 181 yards passing in game three 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 38 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,497 yards passing and 3,291 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. Earlier this season, Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler reached the 4,000/2,000 mark.

    Williams Among NCAA and Big Ten Leaders: As of October 13, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is third nationally in all-purpose yards per game (196.2 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and tied for third nationally in scoring (12.0 ppg), and is second in the Big Ten Conference and 18th nationally in rushing yards per game (113.6 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 five games in 2001, Indiana has made 18 trips into the red zone and has scored 14 touchdowns (77.8 touchdown percentage) and one field goal (15 scores in 18 trips overall, 83.3 conversion percentage). The Hoosiers have missed two field goals and been stopped once on down inside the red zone. In 2000, the Hoosiers recorded 42 possessions in the red zone and scored 35 times (31 touchdowns and 4 field goals).

    It goes hand-in-hand: Performing well in the red zone often goes hand-in-hand with converting in short yardage situations. In 2001, Indiana is second in the Big Ten in third down conversions ( 29 of 66 for 43.9 percent), trailing only Iowa who has converted on 44.6 of its third down conversions. Also, Indiana is 3-of-3 on fourth down conversions in Big Ten games and 4 of 7 overall.

    Playing Sound Football: Along with an improvement in securing the football, Indiana is also cutting down on its penalties as the Hoosiers are committing only 45.6 yards per game in penalties, trailing only Penn State who has averaged 45.5 yards per game in penalties.

    Interception Streak: Indiana sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley has recorded interceptions in back-to-back contests. Indiana recorded only 4 interceptions during the entire 2000 campaign.

    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 at Wisconsin, 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.

    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 at Wisconsin, 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 returns (24.3 yards per return) and fourth in punt returns (10.8).

    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 91 yards rushing vs. Illinois, he has now recorded 2,262 yards rushing and 940 yards receiving in 35 career games.

    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, 4,271 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,291 yards
    3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,942 yards
    4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,364 yards
    5) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 2,305 yards
    6) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,303 yards
    7) Levron Williams, Indiana, 2,262 yards
    8) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 2,085 yards

    Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
    1) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 6,904 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 6,497 yards
    3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 4,685 yards
    4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 4,124 yards
    5) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 3,299 yards
    6) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 3,229 yards

    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.

    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 38 career games, Randle El has recorded 9,788 total yards.

    Randle El Moves into Third Place on IU Career Rushing List: With 82 yards rushing vs. Illinois, Randle El moved into third on Indiana's career rushing yardage list with 3,291 yards, moving him past Mike Harkrader who rushed for 3,257 yards from 1976-80). Anthony Thompson (5,299 from 1986-89) and Alex Smith (3,492 from 1994-96) rank first and second 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. With a touchdown pass vs. Illinois, Randle El has recorded 37 touchdown passes in 38 career games.

    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 228).

    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 22nd place on the I-A list with 9,788 total yards. Those players within his single game career average of 257.6 yards per game are as follows:

    20. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards
    21. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 9,825 yards
    22. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 9,788 yards
    23. Brian McClure, Bowling Green, 9,774 yards
    24. Jim McMahon, Brigham Young, 9,723 yards
    25. Glenn Foley, Boston College, 9,702 yards
    26. Chris Weinke, Florida State, 9,473 yards
    27. Shaun King, Tulane, 9,468 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 3,291 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 53 yards per contest in Indiana's final six 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 five contests and leads the Big Ten in rushing at 226.8 yards per game. 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 27 games.

    One of the Most Amazing Stats: Indiana is averaging 5.5 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 7.8 yards per carry, Randle El (5.1 ypc), Johnson (4.7), 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. Indiana trailed Illinois only 7-6 with 2:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter but lost 35-14.

    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. He has interceptions in each of the past two games.

    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 Coaches:
    Iowa's Kirk Ferentz:
    Born: August 1, 1955
    Birthplace: Royal Oak, Mich.
    Education: Attended Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1978.
    Family: Wife: Mary and five children: Brian (18), Kelly (16), Joanne (14), James (12), and Steven (7).
    Playing Experience: Linebacker at the University of Connecticut
    Coaching Career: Iowa, head coach, 1999-present; Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns, Offensive Line,1993-98; Maine, head coach, 1990-92; Iowa, offensive line, 1981-89; Pittsburgh, graduate asst., 1980; Worcester Academy, off. line, def. coord., 1978-79; Connecticut, 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.

    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. In game five vs. Illinois, recorded 11 tackles.
    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 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 147 yards and one touchdown in the first five games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 11 passes for 157 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 (27 games played/16 games started, 16/16 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (16GP/16GS), C Craig Osika (37/32, 16/16 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (27/27), RT Bobby Brandt (27/16, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (27G/9GS), RB Levron Williams (35GP/27GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (38/38, 37/37 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (13/4), and TE Kris Dielman (27/5).

    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 Have Seen 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 3-5. 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.

    "The Quote Book"

    Head coach Cam Cameron on the Illinois game: "The first half was a heck of a football game. I really felt the defense gave us a chance early, but we weren't able to take advantage of the opportunites. That becomes the key to the game. We couldn't get going. It got wet outside and we tried to go to the air and see what we could do. They prepared well for us. When you prepare well for a team you've got a chance of stopping them. When you execute it looks like you know what the heck's going on. When you don't execute it's like what are these guys trying to do. It's the same play. You've just got to execute. I don't think there's anything that stopped us other than missed execution."

    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.




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