November 4, 2001
Indiana (2-5, 2-3) at #23 Michigan State (5-2, 3-2)
When: Saturday, Nov.10, 2001; 12:10 p.m. local
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Television: No television
Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
Indiana's Cam Cameron: 15-36, fifth season
Michigan State's Bobby Williams: 11-8, 2nd season
Series History: Michigan State leads overall series, 34-13-2, including an 18-5-1 record in games played in East Lansing
Last Game between the two teams: The Hoosiers and Spartans have not met since last playing in East Lansing on 10/10/98. In an outstanding college football game, Indiana overcame a 16-3 halftime deficit to tie the game at 24-24 in regulation. IU scored first in overtime on a 15-yard pass from backup QB Jay Rodgers to TE Craig Osika but Michigan State answered with a 25-yard pass from Bill Burke to Plaxico Burress and a game-winning 25-yard run by Sedrick Irvin to clinch the 38-31 victory. Freshman quarterback Antwaan Randle El rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and completed 10 of 16 passes for 147 yards prior to leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with a concussion.
The Game: Both Michigan State and Indiana will enter Saturday's game having recorded impressive wins this past weekend. In Bloomington, Indiana raced to a 42-0 halftime lead and defeated Northwestern, 56-21, behind 324 total yards from senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El. Later in the afternoon, Michigan State defeated then #6-ranked Michigan, 26-24, behind 211 rushing yards and one touchdown from tailback T.J. Duckett. The Spartans are paced by Duckett (161-844-6TDs rushing), quarterback Jeff Smoker (147-86-1,242-4-10TDs) and Butkus Award semi-finalist Josh Thornhill (79 tackles, 9 TFLs).
The Nation's 10th-Toughest Schedule: According to the most recent Sagarin Ratings Index, Indiana has played the 10th-most difficult schedule in the country thus far in 2001. The combined record of the five opponents to whom Indiana has lost currently stands at 27-13. Of IU's six opponents, Iowa has a 4-3 overall record, Illinois (ranked 14th in USA Today Coaches' poll) has recorded a 7-1 overall mark. North Carolina State's (5-3) only setbacks have come against North Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Utah (6-2), lost its only two games at Oregon, 24-10, and at Colorado State, 19-17, and is receiving votes. Ohio State is also receiving votes and is 5-3 with road losses at UCLA and Penn State and a home setback vs. Wisconsin. Indiana defeated Wisconsin (5-5), 63-32, and Northwestern (4-4), 56-21. 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.
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 careers. The three multi-talented signal callers career stats are as follows:
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 40 career games
974-491-6,903-40TDs passing, 781-3,496-41TDs rushing
Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 41 career games
571-296-4,223-29TDs passing, 607-3,166-56TDs rushing
Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson, 35 career games
702-407-5,219-31TDs passing, 526-2,437-26TDs rushing
Top Graduation Rate: 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 five Big Ten games. The total of three sacks allowed ties Indiana for the second-best mark in the country.
1. Miami (Fla.) - 2 sacks allowed in 7 games
2. Indiana - 3 sacks allowed in 7 games
3. Utah - 4 sacks allowed in 8 games
3. Air Force - 4 sacks allowed in 8 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 more than 20 times in 2000.
Securing the Football: With eight turnovers (four lost fumbles and four interceptions), Indiana has fewer turnovers than any team in Division I-A football. Fresno State has also only turned over the football eight times in 2001.
Indiana Topping the Big Ten Charts in Several Key Categories: In Big Ten games, Indiana leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (35.0 points per game), total offense (471.4 yards per game), rushing offense (284.6 yards per contest), turnover margin (1.20 per game), fourth-down conversions (80%), third-down conversions (53.4%), and sacks allowed (0).
Major College Football's First "40-40" Man: With three touchdown passes in Indiana's 56-21 win over Northwestern, senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El became the first player in Division I-A history to record 40 career touchdown passes and score 40 touchdowns. In 40 career games, he has passed for 6,903 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for 3,496 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also has recorded a receiving touchdown.
Defensive Shakeup Yields Results: Head coach Cam Cameron used the bye week prior to the Northwestern game to make several personnel changes on the defensive side of the football. The changes definitely proved beneficial as IU held a highly productive Northwestern offense to 21 points and stopped the Wildcats four times inside the 6-yard line. Defensive coordinator James Bell inserted senior graduate cornerback Marcus Floyd into the starting lineup for the first time this fall and the Bartow, Fla., product responded with 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. The staff also moved Justin Smith from outside linebacker to middle linebacker and the senior graduate recorded 17 tackles, including two for loss. Taking Smith's spot in the defense was redshirt freshman Herana-Daze Jones who notched a fumble recovery and an interception. Also, sophomore Steve Williams was moved from defensive end to defensive tackle and the Bolingbrook, Ill, native forced a fumble by RB Damien Anderson at the goalline. In addition, junior A.C. Carter, who made the first start of his career at safety two weeks ago at Iowa, recorded 18 tackles against the Wildcats.
Explosive Plays: While Indiana's offense has certainly been productive in 2001, it has been more methodical in its approach this year than in the recent past. However, in the 56-21 win over the Wildcats, IU recorded seven plays of 20-or-more yards. Six different players were credited with the 20-plus-yard plays.
Closing in on NCAA Division I-A Quarterback Career Rushing Yardage Record: With 3,496 career yards rushing, Antwaan Randle El needs 117 yards rushing to gain more yards on the ground than any quarterback in Division I-A history. Randle El needs to average approximately 29 yards per contest in Indiana's remaining four 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, 3,496 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, 3,166 yards (1998-)
Williams Capping Stellar Career in Fine Fashion: Throughout the 2001 campaign, senior running back Levron Williams has played the best football of his impressive career having rushed for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games. However, during Indiana's 63-32 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 6, Williams most certainly turned in the most productive game of his career. The Evansville, Ind., product rushed 20 times for 280 yards and 6 scores against the Badgers. 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 six touchdowns set an IU school record as well.
Levron Within Yards of 2,500 rushing/1,000 receiving barrier: With 130 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving vs. Northwestern, senior running back Levron Williams now needs 13 receiving yards to rush for 2,500 career yards and record 1,000 receiving yards. In 37 career games, the Evansville, Ind., product has rushed for 2,536 yards and 27 touchdowns and caught 86 passes for 987 yards and 7 scores.
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 (Steve Bradley; 6,579 passing yards from 1983-85). He now has 6,903 career yards passing in 40 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.
Randle El Closing in on Big Ten's Top 10 Career Passing Yardage List: With 246 passing yards in a 56-21 win vs. Northwestern, Randle El has recorded 6,903 career passing yards in 40 games. He is 97 yards away from becoming only the 13th Big Ten signal caller to pass for 7,000 career yards.
Braucher Ties School Record: With eight extra points in Indiana's 56-21 win vs. Northwestern, sophomore placekicker Adam Braucher tied the IU school record for extra points in a game. Braucher's eight extra points matched Bill Manolopoulos who kicked eight extra points at Kentucky on 9/17/94.
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
56 -- vs. Northwestern, Nov. 3, 2001
52 -- at Purdue, Nov. 21, 1988
52 -- at Iowa, 1945.
51 -- vs. Minnesota, Oct. 14, 2000
Smith Reaches 300 Career Tackles: Senior graduate linebacker Justin Smith has lived up to his advanced billing throughout the 2001 campaign. With 17 tackles, including 2 for loss, vs. Northwestern, Smith, playing middle linebacker for the first time, recorded the 300th tackle of his career. He has now notched 307 stops in 38 career games. The 17 tackles marked the fourth time in five Big Ten games this fall that Smith has reached double-figure tackles. Smith currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten in tackles with 11.4 stops per contest. In Big Ten games only, Smith is third in tackles with 13.4 per contest and fifth in tackles for loss with 1.70 per contest.
Five Yards a Pop: Indiana is averaging 5.44 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 (6.21), Nebraska (5.59), East Carolina (5.48), Middle Tennessee State (5.41), Oregon (5.40), Minnesota (5.39), Miami, Fla. (5.21), Alabama (5.01), and San Jose State (5.00).
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. 32 Justin Smith, 1998-present
8. 25.5 Kemp Rasmussen, 1998-present
Breaking into the top 20: Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El is presently in 16th place on the NCAA I-A total yardage list with 10,399 yards passing and rushing. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 260.0 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:
11. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651
12. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640
13. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
14. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
15. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 yards
16. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,399 yards
17. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10, 344 yards
18. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252 yards
19. Troy Kopp, Pacific, 10,037 yards
20. Bart Hendricks, Boise State, 10,034 yards
21. Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 9,950 yards
It's Been Too Long: After almost a year without winning the turnover battle in a game, the Hoosiers finished on the plus side of the takeaway/giveaway chart for the fourth consecutive week as IU recorded four takeaways vs. Northwestern. Indiana is now +4 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.
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 40 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,903 yards passing and 3,496 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 several weeks ago at Oklahoma.
Williams Among NCAA and Big Ten Leaders: As of November 3, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (195.14 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in scoring (12.86 ppg), and is third in the Big Ten Conference and 15th nationally in rushing yards per game (120.3 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 seven games in 2001, Indiana has made 27 trips into the red zone and has scored 23 touchdowns (85.2 touchdown percentage) and one field goal (24 scores in 27 trips overall, 88.9 conversion percentage). The Hoosiers have missed two field goals and 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 first in the Big Ten on third down conversions (49 of 100 for 49.0 percent). Also, Indiana is 8-of-10 on fourth down conversions in Big Ten games and 9-of-14 overall.
Interception Streak: Indiana has recorded interceptions in four consecutive contests. Senior cornerback Marcus Floyd and redshirt freshman linebacker Herana-Daze Jones notched INTs in a 56-21 win over Northwestern. Sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley recorded interceptions at Wisconsin and vs. Illinois and junior safety A.C. Carter recorded his first career INT at Iowa. 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 third in the Big Ten in kickoff returns (21.2 yards per return) and second in punt returns (11.6).
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.
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:
Moving Up the Big Ten Charts: With 324 total yards in a 56-21 win over Northwestern, senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El moved into second place on the Big Ten's career total yardage list with 10,399 yards in 40 career games. He passed Iowa signal caller Chuck Long who recorded 10,254 total yards from 1981-85.
Randle El Moves into Second Place on IU Career Rushing List: With 78 yards rushing vs. Northwestern, Randle El passed Alex Smith (3,492 from 1994-96) to move into second place on IU's career rushing list. He has now rushed for 3,496 career yards, second on the IU career list behind IU running backs coach Anthony Thompson (5,299 from 1986-89).
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 40 touchdown passes in 40 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. Randle El will need to average 209.25 yards per game for the remainder of the season to become the first player in Division I-A history to gain 2,500 yards or more in four consecutive seasons.
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 16th place on the I-A list with 10,399 total yards. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 260.0 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:
11. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651
12. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640
13. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
14. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
15. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 yards
16. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,399 yards
17. Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, 10,344
18. Kevin Sweeney, Fresno State, 10,252
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 3,496 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 29 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, 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. In 2001, Indiana has allowed only three sacks in the first seven contests and leads the Big Ten, and is fourth nationally, in rushing at 251.1 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 starting offensive line is as follows: left tackle A.C. Myler (6-4, 325), left guard Anthony Oakley (6-3, 299), center Craig Osika (6-4, 297), right guard Enoch DeMar (6-4, 306), and right tackle Bobby Brandt (6-7, 294).
30+ Point Games: Indiana averaged 30.6 points per game in 2000, the second-highest total in school history, and is averaging 30.7 points per contest this fall. Indiana has scored 30-or-more points in 15 of its last 29 games and has scored 50-or-more points in two of its last four games.
One of the Most Amazing Stats: Indiana is averaging 5.4 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 6.8 yards per carry, Randle El (5.0 ypc), Johnson (5.3), 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.
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.
Michigan State's Bobby Williams:
Born: November 21, 1958, in St. Louis
Alma Mater: Purdue, 1982
Degrees: Bachelor's in general management
Playing Experience: Four-year letterman as running back and defensive back at Purdue (1977-81)
Years at Michigan State: 12th. Became head coach on December 5, 1999, after spending 10 years as running backs coach.
Coaching Experience: Graduate assistant at Purdue (1982); running backs, defensive back at Ball State (1983-84); offensive backfield, Eastern Michigan (1985-89); receivers, Kansas (1990); running backs, Michigan State (1990-99).
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 278 yards and one touchdown in the first seven games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 13 passes for 194 yards and one score.
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 (29 games played/18 games started, 18/18 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (18GP/18GS), C Craig Osika (39/34, 18/18 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (29/29), RT Bobby Brandt (29/18, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (29G/11GS), RB Levron Williams (37GP/29GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (40/40, 39/39 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (15/6), and TE Kris Dielman (29/7).
Nelson, Brown, Baker 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. Linebackers Robert Brown (shoulder) and Brandonn Baker (neck)
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.
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"
Senior graduate cornerback Marcus Floyd on the 56-21 win over Northwestern: "Coach Cameron did a great job of keeping everybody positive, throughout ... and that meant a lot. We believed we could still step up and achieve some of those goals. We know we have a good team, and we have a lot of ability, and we continued to believe in ourselves. And that's what it's all about - believing. Just because something bad happens, that doesn't mean it's over. You just have to continue to play."
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