Oct. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Remaining in the state of Michigan for the second straight week, Indiana (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) takes on RV/24 Michigan (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Michigan Stadium (109,901; FieldTurf). BTN will televise the first meeting between the two programs since the 2010 season.
Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Glen Mason (analyst) and Jon Jansen (sideline) will call the game. It can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 85 and XM 85 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the broadcast.
Indiana assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Doug Mallory was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan (1984-87) and participated in four bowl games (Holiday, Fiesta, Rose and Hall of Fame). A captain in 1987, he recorded 182 tackles and six interceptions in his career.
Doug's younger brother, Curt, is in his third season as U-M's secondary coach. Curt served as the Hoosiers secondary coach from 2002-04 and as a graduate assistant during the 1993-94 campaigns.
The sons of IU's all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory (1984-96), coached together in 1994. Doug oversaw the team's defensive backs and special teams.
Their older brother, Mike, is the Jacksonville Jaguars special teams coordinator. All three played at Michigan - Doug and Mike were teammates (1983-85).
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 run game coordinator and offensive line coach Greg Frey
served as offensive line coach at Michigan (2008-10).
U-M's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges served in the same capacity at IU (2002-03).
The Wolverines director of strength & conditioning Aaron Wellman spent six seasons in Bloomington as a graduate assistant (1996-98) and assistant strength & conditioning coach (1998-2001).
The Michigan Series
Michigan returns to the Indiana schedule after a two-year absence. U-M leads the overall series, 52-9. The last time the two teams met, the 19th-ranked Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers, 42-35, on Oct. 2, 2010, in Bloomington. Michigan earned a 36-33 triumph the last time the teams faced off in Ann Arbor on Sept. 26, 2009. IU last downed U-M on Oct. 24, 1987, (14-10 in Bloomington) and last won in Ann Arbor on Oct. 21, 1967 (27-20).
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.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in passing offense (331.5, 13th), passing yards (1,989, 12th) and completions (143, T-20th), is second in total offense (504.3, 17th), TD passes (18, T-8th) and yards per completion (13.9, 23rd), is third in scoring offense (41.7, 14th) and total touchdowns (34, T-10th) and is fourth in passing efficiency (148.5, 29th).
Sophomore Nate Sudfeld is tied for first in passing touchdowns (13, T-18th), is second in passing yards (1,604, 22nd), passing yards per game (267.3, 25th), total offense (1,612, 33rd), total offense per game (268.7, 36th), completions (118, T-33rd) and completions per game (20.8, 35th), is third in points responsible for (84, T-29th) and is fourth in passing efficiency (147.7, 35th), completion percentage (61.5) and yards per completion (13.6, 29th).
Fifth-year senior Ted Bolser is tied for first nationally among tight ends with five touchdowns, is tied for seventh with 19 receptions and is 19th with 206 yards. He leads Big Ten tight ends in TDs and catches (tied) and is second in yards.
Bolser's five receiving scores are tied for second in the Big Ten overall and 21st nationally.
Sophomore Tevin Coleman is tied for first in rushing touchdowns (8, T-10th), second in scoring per game (8.0), fourth in all-purpose yards (794, 27th) and all-purpose yards per game (132.3, 29th) and fifth in rushing yards (557, T-31st) and rushing yards per game (92.8, T-32nd).
Junior Cody Latimer is tied for second in receptions (35) and receptions per game (5.8) and is third in receiving yards (544, 30th) and receiving yards per game (90.7, 30th).
Indiana is averaging 5.9 plays in 1:42 while covering 60.2 yards on its 36 scoring drives (33 TDs).
Excluding the Navy game, IU is averaging 5.3 plays in 1:29 while covering 57.2 yards on its 31 scoring drives (28 TDs).
The Hoosiers have 12 scoring drives (all TDs) under 60 seconds, 16 (all TDs) under 75 seconds and 21 (20 TDs) under 90 seconds.
Twenty scoring drives (19 TDs) have taken five-or-fewer plays - one play (two), two plays (two), three plays (six), four plays (six) and five plays (four).
Indiana is running one play every 19.6 seconds.
Thirty (27 TDs) of IU's 36 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.
All Hands On Deck
Indiana boasts one of the deepest group of pass-catchers in the country. In fact, five players have the opportunity to reach 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in 2013. Only 20 Hoosiers (three this year) have ever obtained both milestones in their careers.
Junior Shane Wynn (105, 1,199) became the first of the quintet to achieve the feat against Missouri, senior Kofi Hughes (107, 1533) followed suit against Penn State and fifth-year senior tight end Ted Bolser (101, 1223) made it three at Michigan State last weekend.
Junior Cody Latimer (98 and 1,490) and fifth-year senior Duwyce Wilson (78 and 1,013) round out the receiver quintet.
Hughes and Bolser welcomed Latimer to the 1,000-yard club vs. Navy, Wynn vs. Bowling Green and Wilson at MSU, making the quintet the only set of teammates to accomplish the feat while playing together.
Wynn (5.7, 55.0), Latimer (4.2, 67.1) and Hughes (3.9, 58.1) each ranked in the Big Ten's top 10 in receptions and yardage per game in 2012. IU was the only Big Ten team with a trio in the top 10 in either category.
Inside The Defense
Defensively, the Hoosiers returned eight starters, 25 letterwinners and 147 career starts. This week's depth chart features three seniors, 11 juniors, six sophomores and seven freshmen, including five true freshmen.
Junior cornerback Tim Bennett leads the nation with 14 pass breakups and 15 passes defended, and sophomore cornerback Michael Hunter is tied for 10th in the Big Ten with six passes defended (5 pass breakups, 1 interception).
Four Hoosiers rank in the top 15 in tackles: junior linebacker David Cooper (7.5 per game, T-10th), Bennett (7.5), fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban (7.2, T-12th) and junior safety Mark Murphy (7.2).
Bennett's 35 solos are tops in the league and are tied for 21st nationally.
Junior defensive end John Laihinen owns 3.5 sacks, which shares second, while sophomore defensive end Nick Mangieri has 5.5 tackles for loss and is tied for ninth.
Heban is tied for eighth with two interceptions.
Bennett shares fifth with one fumble recovery along with true freshman safety Antonio Allen and sophomore defensive end Zack Shaw.
Junior linebacker Forisse Hardin and true freshman linebacker Marcus Oliver are tied for first and 14th nationally with two forced fumbles.
New To The Corner
Tim Bennett moved from safety to cornerback during the summer and he has adapted well to his new position, starting all six games.
Bennett set a career-high with four pass breakups against Penn State to increase his national-leading total to 14. He has recorded at least three PBUs in four of the team's six games.
He recorded his first career interception at Michigan State last weekend, to give him 15 passes defended, a total that is also tops in the county. Bennett added nine tackles, seven solo, in the contest and has at least seven stops in each of the last five games.
To go along with his career-best eight solo tackles the previous week against the Nittany Lions, he leads the Hoosiers with 35 solos and shares the top spot with 45 total stops to go along with his INT, 14 PBUs, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
In a tremendous all-around effort against Missouri, Bennett posted seven tackles with two for loss, three pass breakups and his first career fumble recovery.
Bennett set a career-high with 12 tackles against Navy and came back with seven stops, all solo, and three PBUs against Bowling Green.
The Columbus, Ga., native arrived at IU in 2012 from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Bennett made 50 tackles, 35 solo, with one interception and one tackle for a loss en route to all-region honors in 2011.
In his first season as a Hoosier, Bennett played in 11 games and started three times (twice at nickel back, once at safety).
He posted 17 tackles, 12 solo, with one sack and three pass breakups.
Special Teams Rankings
Indiana is second in the Big Ten in punt return average (15.1, 11th nationally) and kickoff coverage (42.7, 24th).
Mitch Ewald leads the league in kickoff average (64.6), is tied for first with 31 extra points (T-6th) and is second with 25 touchbacks.
Just For Kicks
Mitch Ewald has put together an assault on IU's kicking records. The fifth-year senior is the school's career field goal percentage and extra points leader. Ewald is tops among kickers and second overall with 277 points and is tied for second in field goals.
He is 47-of-58 (81.0 percent) in his career, with two blocked, and 136-of-137 (99.3) on extra points.
Ewald, who is on the Lou Groza Award Watch List for the third straight year, is seventh in extra points, ninth in field goal percentage, tied for ninth in field goals and 10th in total points among active kickers.
He opened 2013 with a school record 10 extra points against Indiana State. Ewald has 25 touchbacks on 38 kickoffs (65.8 percent), three field goals and 31 PATs in as many attempts overall.
Behind his 25 touchbacks and career-best and Big Ten-best 64.6 average, IU is second in the conference in kickoff coverage (42.7).
The Naperville, Ill., native connected on 15-of-20 (one blocked) field goals (75.0 percent) and 42-of-43 extra points (97.7 percent) in 2012. His 42 extra points are third, 15 field goals are tied for fifth and 87 points are eighth on IU's single-season list.
Ewald finished fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, fifth in fields goals made per game (1.25) and extra points made, and sixth in points per game (7.2).
He has drilled three field goals in a game three times and had his consecutive PAT streak snapped at 100 at Penn State a season ago. It was the second-longest in Indiana history (Pete Stoyanovich, 107) and the fifth-longest in Big Ten history.
Ewald had owned a streak of nine straight field goals made before a miss against Iowa last year, which was the third-longest mark in Hoosier lore. He also owns the fourth- (eight) and seventh- (seven) longest marks.
In his career, he is 8-of-12 from 45-or-more yards, including a pair of 46-yarders in 2012.
For the third straight season, Ewald recovered his own onside kick at Penn State. He converted a league-high three onside kicks in four attempts and is 5-of-11 in his career.
On IU's single-season charts, Ewald is tied for third (16, 2010) and tied for ninth (13, 2011) in field goals, eighth (33, 2010) in extra points and ninth in total points (81, 2010).
In 26 career Big Ten games, Ewald has hit 31-of-37 (83.8) field goals.