Oct. 19, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Closing out its non-conference schedule, the Indiana football team (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) heads to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy (3-3) on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000; FieldTurf) and CBS Sports Network will broadcast the game.
Grant Boone (play-by-play), Todd Christensen (analyst) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 134 and XM 194 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Special Ops Success
Since the beginning of Big Ten play three weeks ago, Indiana's special teams have lived up to their name.
True freshman Tevin Coleman returned a kickoff 96 yards for six points at Northwestern.
Junior kicker Mitch Ewald executed an onside kick against Michigan State and Ohio State. The MSU kick led to three points, while the offense converted the OSU kick into eight points (two-point conversion).
Sophomore Isaiah Roundtree blocked an Ohio State punt and three plays and 16 yards later the Hoosiers had a touchdown and a 14-10 lead.
Starting punter Mitchell Voss suffered an injury against Michigan State and redshirt freshman Erich Toth has done a commendable job in his stead.
Toth has averaged 41.2 yards on 14 punts (50 - long).
In the three conference games, Indiana has averaged 27.9 per return with the TD, converted 4-of-5 field goals and all 11 extra point attempts.
In the first three games, IU averaged 19.4 per return with zero scores and hit 3-of-5 field goals.
After averaging 19.2 yards per kick return a season ago, Indiana sits 22nd nationally and leads the Big Ten with a 25.4 average.
True freshman Tevin Coleman's
309 yards on 11 returns (28.1 average) leads the Big Ten (19th nationally) and sits ahead of sophomore Shane Wynn's
120 yards on five returns (24.0).
Coleman returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown at Northwestern and finished the game with 138 kickoff return yards. He totaled 157 all-purpose yards (11 rush, eight receiving).
It marked IU's first kickoff TD return since Wynn's 99-yarder vs. Illinois on Oct. 8, 2011. Coleman and Wynn are the only true freshmen in school history to bring a kickoff to paydirt.
Coleman set a career high with 144 kick return yards, including a 60-yarder, against Ohio State.
Wynn is eighth on IU's career kick return list with 1,135 yards.
Coleman, who also has 177 rushing yards with a 5.1 average, leads the team with 524 all-purpose yards.
The Hoosiers offense is scoring points and doing so quickly. Under new offensive coordinator Seth Littrell:
Seventeen of IU's last 18 scoring drives (14 touchdowns) and 24 overall (19 touchdowns) have taken 3 minutes or less. The 24 drives have averaged 5.9 plays, 64.3 yards and 93 seconds.
Indiana has eight TD drives under 60 seconds, 14 TD drives under 90 seconds, nine of which covered at least 70 yards in six-or-fewer plays. IU also has 10 TD drives of five plays or fewer.
The Hoosiers are running a play every 20.6 seconds.
Indiana has shown significant strides in several categories from 2011 (2012 listed first):
Points: 35.5 - 21.4
Total Yards: 473.0 - 360.4
Passing Yards: 313.0 - 199.4
Plays: 79.2 - 72.5
IU has 14 passing touchdowns this season after throwing just 10 in all of 2011 and just two interceptions compared to 11 last year.
The Hoosiers have 22 70-plus yard scoring drives in 2012 after recording just 18 last season.
Gone With The Wynn
Shane Wynn produced one of the top seasons by a true freshman in school history in 2011. Wynn, who posted a 4.37 40-yard dash in the offseason, led the Hoosiers with 1,249 all-purpose yards, including 1,015 via kick return, 197 receiving and 37 rushing.
In the 2012 season opener, Wynn posted a career-high 95 yards on six receptions. He accounted for the Hoosiers first score of the year and his first career receiving touchdown when he brought home a 71-yard Tre Roberson pass.
He added a 5-yard score at Massachusetts and a 2-yard touchdown vs. Ball State.
Wynn returned to the end zone in week five with a 17-yard TD against Michigan State. He finished the game with 12 catches for 70 yards.
He became the first Hoosier to catch 10-or-more passes since Terrance Turner against Purdue in 2010. The dozen catches are tied for the fifth-most in school history and are the most for a Hoosier since Tandon Doss recorded 15 against Michigan in 2010.
Wynn broke free for his second 70-yard TD of the season, scoring from 76 yards against Ohio State. He leads IU with five touchdowns and 31 catches while ranking third with 294 yards. He shares fifth in the Big Ten with 5.2 receptions per game.
His 1,015 kick return yards in 2011 were an Indiana true freshman record, second on the single-season list (one yard short of first), fifth on the Big Ten's single-season list, ninth on the school's career list and the sixth-most nationally (second among true freshmen).
Wynn set an IU true freshman single-season all-purpose yardage mark and became just the third true freshman to lead the Hoosiers in all-purpose yards.
The Cleveland native averaged 104.1 all-purpose yards per game (eighth in Big Ten) and 123.4 in Big Ten games only (fifth).
Wynn returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Illinois. He became the first true freshman in IU history to collect a kickoff return TD and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
Defensive back Greg Heban started his IU career as a pitcher for head coach Tracy Smith's baseball team. After dominating the 2009 intramural flag football season, Smith urged Heban to give football, one of three sports he played at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind., along with basketball and baseball, another shot.
Heban arrived at preseason camp in 2010, made the team, worked his way up the depth chart and eventually started four of the team's final five games at cornerback and played in all 12 contests.
Head coach Kevin Wilson awarded the now junior defensive back a scholarship prior to the 2011 season.
Heban started all 12 games at cornerback in 2011 and led IU with two interceptions, shared the top spot with six pass breakups and was third with 62 tackles.
This season, Heban moved inside as a nickel back for the first five games, where he started three times, before making his first career start at safety against Ohio State last weekend.
Heban matched a career high with nine tackles, sharing game-high honors, and picked off a Braxton Miller pass in the end zone for his second INT of the year and the fifth of his career.
He is tied for third on the team with 35 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss (fourth on team), his two interceptions (24 yards) and six passes broken up (second). His two picks share third in the Big Ten and his eight passes defended are tied for fourth.
Heban, who has recorded at least five tackles in each of the last five games, was named the team's defensive player of the week against Ball State after he posted eight tackles, one TFL and two PBUs.
In 2011, he was named IU's Special Ops Player of the Year and was awarded the team's Academic Excellence Award following the 2011 campaign.
The Muncie, Ind., native also earned Academic All-District V honors and Academic All-Big Ten recognition (second straight year) last year.
Despite being just 6-foot-1, he can dunk a basketball from standing flat-footed and can throw 90 mph, as he pitched 1 1/3 innings for the 2010 IU baseball team.