Inside The Illinois Game
Oct. 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game at Illinois, IUHoosiers.com takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) and Fighting Illini (3-3, 1-2) will kick off in primetime at 7 p.m. CDT/8 p.m. EDT Saturday in Champaign, Ill., and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Wayne Larrivee will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Charissa Thompson. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
The Illinois Series
Additionally, Curt Mallory is the Fighting Illini's co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. The son of Indiana's all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory, Curt served as the Hoosiers' secondary coach from 2002-04 and as a graduate assistant during the 1993-94 campaigns. Curt was also on Bill Lynch's staff at Ball State (1995-00) as linebackers coach (1995-99) as well as secondary coach (2000).
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Andrew McDonald filled in for Saxon at left guard and earned the first start of his career. Justin Pagán became the third true freshman to hit the field this year, playing at both left and right tackle, and junior Mike Reiter received his first action of 2008 at left guard.
Hagerup is second in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation averaging 43.1 yards per punt. On the heels of a 50.0 average (three punts) vs. Ball State, he blasted six punts against Michigan State for an average of 51.5 yards (the fifth-highest single-game total in IU history) with one downed inside the 20, four over 50 yards and a long of 67 yards, which is the longest punt by a Hoosier since Tyson Beattie's 71-yarder vs. UConn on Sept. 23, 2006. His 67-yarder is also tied for the longest punt in the Big Ten this year.
On the season, the Whitefish Bay, Wis., native has 10 50-plus yarders and four have landed inside the 20-yard line. After averaging just 37.0 yards on his first six punts of the season (games one and two), Hagerup is averaging 44.8 yards on his last 22 punts with eight of those traveling over 50 yards and three falling inside the 20.
Belcher followed his week one effort with three catches for 37 yards against Murray State and Tandon Doss became the second true freshman to receive playing time in the same ballgame. Doss recorded three receptions for 33 yards vs. the Racers and has four catches for 51 yards overall this season.
Following a four-catch, 73-yard performance against Michigan State and a 58-yard effort at Minnesota, Belcher is fourth on the team with 173 yards, second with 17.3 yards per catch and fourth with 10 receptions.
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