October 28, 2001
Indiana (1-5, 1-3) vs. Northwestern (4-3, 2-3)
When: Saturday, November 3, 2001; 1:00 p.m. local
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Television: No television
Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
Tickets: Are available and may be ordered by calling toll free at 866-IUSPORTS
Indiana's Cam Cameron: 14-36, fifth season
Northwestern's Randy Walker: 74-50-5 overall, 15-15 in his third season at Northwestern
Series History: Northwestern leads overall series, 38-32-1, and IU leads 16-14 in games played in Bloomington
Last Game between the two teams: On October 7, 2000, before 30,201 at Ryan Field in Evanston, the Hoosiers were no match for the eventual Big Ten co-champions and lost 52-33. Northwestern was paced by junior running back Damien Anderson who rushed 36 times for 292 yards and 4 touchdowns. Amazingly, the game featured 10 scoring drives under 2:00 minutes...in Bloomington in 1999, IU defeated NW, 34-17, but lost All-America candidate Adewale Ogunleye for the season as he sustained a serious knee injury.
The Game: After not playing this past weekend, Indiana returns to the field on Saturday to host the defending Big Ten champion Northwestern Wildcats. Indiana enters the game with a 1-5 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in the Big Ten. Northwestern will arrive in Bloomington with a 4-3 overall record and a 2-3 Big Ten mark. Northwestern lost at Purdue this past Saturday, 32-27. Quarterback Zak Kustok (260-151-1665-3INTs-10TDs, 111-365-8TDs rushing) and tailback Damien Anderson (159-706-8TDs rushing) pace the Wildcats. Indiana is 0-3 following a bye week during the Cam Cameron era, including a 28-26 loss vs. Utah earlier this season. Indiana did not have a bye week in 2000.
The IU-Northwestern Series: Northwestern leads the overall series, 38-32-1, and has won four of the last five games played between the two teams. In games played in Bloomington, IU leads the all-time series 16-14, including a 34-17 victory in 1999, the last meeting between the two teams at Memorial Stadium.
The Nation's Ninth-Toughest Schedule: According to the most recent Sagarin Ratings Index, Indiana has played the ninth-most difficult schedule in the country thus far in 2001. The combined record of the teams to whom Indiana has lost currently stands at 23-12. Of IU's six opponents to date, Iowa has a 4-3 overall record, Illinois (ranked 18th in USA Today Coaches' poll) has recorded a 6-1 overall mark. North Carolina State's (4-3) only setbacks have come against North Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Utah (5-2), lost its only two games at Oregon, 24-10, and at Colorado State, 19-17. Ohio State is 4-3 with road losses at UCLA and Penn State and a home setback vs. Wisconsin. Indiana defeated Wisconsin and the Badgers presently maintain a 4-5 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 on November 17.
The Golden Trio: While great players will most certainly follow in their footsteps, college football may not be quite as exciting after this season as Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, Nebraska's Eric Crouch, and Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler are all in the twilight of amazing college careers. The three multi-talented signal callers career stats are as follows:
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 39 career games
951-478-6,657-37TDs passing, 766-3,418-40TDs rushing
Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 40 career games
547-282-4,059-29TDs passing, 594-3,117-55TDs rushing
Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson, 34 career games
662-385-4,942-31TDs passing, 504-2,378-24TDs rushing
A Statistical Comparison
2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
Indiana Statistic Northwestern
240.3 (6) Rushing/Game 188.0 (29)
5.5 Rushing/Attempt 4.0
154-86-3 Att.-Comp.-INTs 272-155-4
169.2 (89) Passing/Game 242.3 (38)
409.5 (38) Total/Game 430.3 (25)
26.5 (53) Scoring/Game 30.4 (31)
2001 Defensive Averages
Indiana Statistic Northwestern
182.0 (78) Rushing/Game 189.4 (86)
4.2 Rushing/Attempt 4.3
143-99-3 Att.-Comp.-INTs 234-110-10
214.0 (65) Pass Defense 211.3 (63)
396.0 (75) Total/Game 400.7 (79)
33.2 (102) Scoring/Game 26.6 (68)
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%). Indiana recorded the top football graduation rate of any public institution in the country.
Protecting the Quarterback: In seven games this fall, Indiana's offense has surrendered only three sacks, including no sacks allowed in four Big Ten games. The total of three sacks allowed ties Indiana for the second-best mark in the country.
1. Miami (Fla.) - 0 sacks allowed in 6 games
2. Indiana - 3 sacks allowed in 6 games
2. San Jose State - 3 sacks allowed in 7 games
4. Utah - 4 sacks allowed in 7 games
4. Air Force - 4 sacks allowed in 7 games
Certainly the elusiveness of Indiana QB Antwaan Randle El contributes to the success of IU's pass protection, however, by comparison Virginia Tech's Michael Vick was sacked 22 times in 2000.
Randle El Becomes IU Career Passing Yardage Leader: With 160 passing yards at Iowa, senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El moved into first place on IU's career passing list with 6,657 yards (Steve Bradley; 6,579 passing yards from 1983-85).
A Record Setting Day vs. the Badgers: Indiana's offense produced a record setting performance during its visit to Wisconsin on October 6. 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 scored against the Badgers since Minnesota scored 63 in 1890.
The 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 712 yards and 11 touchdowns in six 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 14.0 yards per carry and recorded runs of 56, 51, 48, and 44 yards. The six touchdowns set an IU school record as well.
Smith Continues to Make Plays: Senior graduate 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 tackles as he tallied 12 stops. One week earlier at Wisconsin, recorded 11 tackles, including 3 for loss and a sack, along with a forced fumble. Smith currently ranks eighth in the Big Ten in tackles with 10.5 stops per contest. In Big Ten games only, Smith is tied for sixth in tackles with 12.5 per contest and eighth in tackles for loss with 1.62 per contest.
Five Yards a Pop: Indiana is averaging 5.46 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 Brigham Young (5.79), Nebraska (5.59), Oregon (5.58), East Carolina (5.57), Minnesota (5.38), Middle Tennessee State (5.32), Miami, Fla. (5.14), Alabama (5.08), Ohio (5.04), UNLV (5.04), and San Jose State (5.00).
Smith Compares Favorably to Butkus Award Semi-Finalists: Although Justin Smith made the initial Butkus Award Watch List, he was not named as one of the Butkus Award semi-finalists when the list was released early last week. Statistically, at least, maybe he should have been on the list as he compares favorably with most of the 12 semi-finalists.
The list is as follows:
Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma - 8 games, 83 tackles, 10 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 6 PBUs, 2 fumble recoveries
Andra Davis, Florida - 7 games, 39 tackles, 6 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Kalimba Edwards, South Carolina - 8 games, 50 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 PBU
Trev Faulk, LSU - 7 games, 71 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble
LeVar Fisher, N.C. State - 7 games, 77.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble
Larry Foote, Michigan - 7 games, 51 tackles, 21 TFLs, 4 sacks, 3 PBUs, 1 forced fumble
E.J. Henderson, Maryland - 8 games, 98 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery
D.D. Lewis, Texas - 8 games, 43 tackles, 5 TFLs, 3 sacks, 1 PBU, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
Ryan Nece, UCLA - 7 games, 42 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 fumble recoveries
Justin Smith, Indiana - 6 games, 63 tackles, 8 TFLs, 1 sack, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble
Ben Taylor, Virginia Tech - 7 games, 64 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 PBUs
Robert Thomas, UCLA - 7 games, 71 tackles, 17 TFLs, 4 sacks, 5 PBUs, 1 pass broken up
Josh Thornhill, Michigan State - 6 games, 66 tackles, 7 TFLs, 4 PBUs
Playing Down Hill: Senior linebacker Justin Smith and senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen continue to climb Indiana's career tackle for loss chart.
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
Breaking into the top 20: Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El is presently in 18th place on the NCAA I-A total yardage list with 10,075 yards passing and rushing. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 258.3 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:
16. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10, 344 yards
17. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252 yards
18. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,075 yards
19. Troy Kopp, Pacific, 10,037yards
20. Bart Hendricks, Boise State, 10,034 yards
21. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards
Closing in on other NCAA Milestones: With 3,418 career yards rushing, Antwaan Randle El is on pace to rush for more yards than any quarterback in Division I-A history. Randle El needs to average approximately 39 yards per contest in Indiana's remaining five 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. Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,418 yards (1998-)
4. Chris McCoy, Navy, 3,401 yards (95-97)
5. Beau Morgan, Air Force, 3,379 yards (94-96)
6. Brian Mitchell, La.-Lafayette, 3,335 yards (86-89)
7. Fred Solomon, Tampa, 3,299 yards (71-74)
8. Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 3,117 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 third consecutive week at Iowa as IU recorded an interception and did not turn over the football. Indiana is now +1 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 four weeks, Indiana has allowed 228 yards passing at Iowa, 116 yards through the air vs. Illinois, 225 yards passing at Wisconsin, and 194 yards passing vs. Ohio State. It marked the first time since the middle of the 1995 season that IU allowing fewer than 230 yards passing against four consecutive Big Ten opponents.
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 39 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,657 yards passing and 3,418 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. Nebraska's Eric Crouch topped the 4,000/3,000 plateau this past Saturday vs. Oklahoma.
Williams Among NCAA and Big Ten Leaders: As of October 27, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is third nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (191.2 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and tied for fourth nationally in scoring (12.0 ppg), and is second in the Big Ten Conference and 18th nationally in rushing yards per game (118.67 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 six games in 2001, Indiana has made 22 trips into the red zone and has scored 18 touchdowns (81.8 touchdown percentage) and one field goal (19 scores in 22 trips overall, 86.4 conversion percentage). The Hoosiers have missed two field goals and have been stopped once on downs 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 on third down conversions (37 of 82 for 45.1 percent), trailing only Iowa who has converted on 45.4 of its third down attempts. Also, Indiana is 7-of-12 on fourth down conversions.
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 44.5 yards per game in penalties, the fourth-best total in the conference.
Interception Streak: Indiana has recorded interceptions in three consecutive contests. Sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley tallied an interception at Wisconsin and vs. Illinois. At Iowa, junior safety A.C. Carter recorded his first interception of his career. 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 of 63 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 play in many other areas continues to make tremendous improvement. 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 third in the Big Ten in kickoff returns (21.9 yards per return) and fourth in punt returns (11.1).
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 144 yards rushing at Iowa, he has now recorded 2,406 yards rushing and 945 yards receiving in 36 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 (trailing Illinois' Kurt Kittner) and second on the active career rushing list (trailing Northwestern's Damien Anderson) in the conference.
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 39 career games, Randle El has recorded 10,075 total yards. He needs 180 yards to pass Iowa's Chuck Long to move into second place on the Big Ten's career total yardage list.
Randle El Moves into Third Place on IU Career Rushing List: With 127 yards rushing at Iowa, Randle El has rushed for 3,418 career yards, third on the IU career list behind Anthony Thompson (5,299 from 1986-89) and Alex Smith (3,492 from 1994-96).
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. Randle El has recorded 37 touchdown passes in 39 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, and Daunte Culpepper.
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 eight players, including current Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler and Nebraska QB Eric Crouch 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. Nebraska's Eric Crouch has also joined the list in 2001.
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 246, 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 18th place on the I-A list with 10,075 total yards. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 258.3 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:
16. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10, 344
17. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252
18. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,075 yards
19. Troy Kopp, Pacific, 10,037
20. Bart Hendricks, Boise State, 10,034
21. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 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 3rd on the career rushing list with 3,418 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 under 39 yards per contest in IU's final five 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 six contests and leads the Big Ten in rushing at 240.3 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 28 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 7.3 yards per carry, Randle El (5.0 ypc), Johnson (5.0), 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 and only trailed Iowa 35-28 with less than 10:00 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
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 recorded interceptions at Wisconsin and vs. Illinois.
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.
Northwestern's Randy Walker:
Born: May 29, 1954
High School: Troy High School; Troy, Ohio
Alma Mater: Miami (Ohio) University, 1976
Degrees: Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education, 1976; Master's Degree in Education Administration, 1980.
Playing Experience: Running Back, Miami University, 1973-75.
Coaching Experience: Miami University, running backs coach, 1977; North Carolina, running backs, 1978-81; North Carolina, quarterbacks, 1981-87, North Carolina, offensive coordinator, 1985-87; Northwestern, running backs, 1988-89; Miami (Ohio) head coach, 1990-98; Northwestern, head coach, 1999-present.
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 feature two strong 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 an excellent candidate
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 www.nfldraftdigest.com 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 184 yards and one touchdown in the first six 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 (28 games played/17 games started, 17/17 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (17GP/17GS), C Craig Osika (38/33, 17/17 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (28/28), RT Bobby Brandt (28/17, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (28G/10GS), RB Levron Williams (36GP/28GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (39/39, 38/38 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (14/5), and TE Kris Dielman (28/6).
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. He made an excellent 20-yard reception on IU's first drive at Iowa. 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 and recorded 3 tackles vs. Illinois.
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 prior to the bye week: "You don't wait to talk about character when you're 1-5. It needs to be in the fabric of your program. It needs to be a priority. It needs to be something you put emphasis on the day they step foot upon the campus of Indiana University. It is the expectation. Senior leadership -- you don't wait until you struggle to start asking guys to lead, and demanding that guys lead. So I think our approach lends itself to guys staying together, and leaders leading, and guys showing their character when they're faced with adversity. That is part of what we are."
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