Nov. 4, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Meeting its third Leaders Division opponent of the season, the Indiana football team (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) visits the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Ohio Stadium (102,329; FieldTurf) and the BTN will broadcast the game.
Ohio State is receiving votes in both national polls following its 33-29 victory over No. 12 Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes are riding a two-game conference winning streak after opening league play 0-2.
Tom Hart (play-by-play), Derek Rackley (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 128 and XM 196 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
Frosh In The Game
Kevin Wilson made it no secret that he was not afraid to play true freshmen, and he has certainly lived up to his word by playing 16 this season, tied for the third most in the country (Texas, 18; Auburn 17; Army 16). IU only played eight true freshmen from 2007-10.
Wide receivers Jay McCants, Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, safeties Mark Murphy and Forisse "Flo" Hardin, running back D'Angelo Roberts, cornerbacks Michael Hunter, Kenny Mullen and Nick Stoner, long snapper Matt Dooley, offensive linemen Bernard Taylor and Peyton Eckert, tight end Jake Reed, quarterback Tre Roberson, linebacker Mike Replogle and defensive end Bobby Richardson have made their debuts this season.
Taylor (seven), Murphy (six), Eckert (five), Richardson (three), Hardin (twice), Hunter (twice), Latimer (twice), Roberson (twice), Mullen, Roberts and Wynn have each started at least once. IU has also started six redshirt freshmen and played 13 overall this season.
Indiana started seven freshmen on defense (4 true and 3 redshirt) and five freshmen on offense (4 true and 1 redshirt) against Northwestern last weekend. The 12 total freshmen, eight true freshmen and the seven total freshmen defensive starters are the most for any FBS team in a single game this season.
Kofi Hughes leads the team with 298 receiving yards, has 142 rushing yards (7.5 average) and has taken eight snaps in the Wildcat formation.
The Indianapolis native also leads the wide receivers with a 14.9 average, shares second with two touchdowns and is second with 20 receptions.
Hughes debuted in the Wildcat at Wisconsin, rushing six times and handing off once.
In total, he carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and also snagged a 13-yard reception.
He set a career-high with 51 rushing yards on seven attempts (7.3 average) and made three catches for 34 yards at Iowa.
Hughes hauled in a 67-yard touchdown, the longest reception of his career, and finished the North Texas game with two catches for 74 yards.
He grabbed three balls for 47 yards, with his first career touchdown from 40 yards, and added 45 rushing yards on two carries vs. South Carolina State.
One of two true freshmen to play in 2010, Hughes appeared in the final 10 games of the campaign and recorded seven catches for 42 yards.
At Cathedral High School, Hughes played quarterback and was named the 2009 Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.
Hughes threw for 1,584 yards with 19 scores and rushed for 1,552 with 22 TDs as a senior.
Gone With The Wynn
Shane 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.
Wynn's return was the fourth-longest in school history (three 100-yarders), the second-longest in the Big Ten and the 11th-longest nationally in 2011.
It was the first TD return for a Hoosier since fellow Glenville High School graduate Ray Fisher's 93-yarder at Northwestern on Oct. 24, 2009. Fisher also was the last Hoosier to take back an opening kick, racing 91 yards at Akron on Sept. 19, 2009.
Wynn finished the game with 148 kick return yards, an IU true freshman record and tied for the seventh-best single-game total in school history.
On the season, he has 14 receptions for 158 yards, four rushes for 20 yards and 808 kick return yards on 39 returns to lead Indiana with 986 all-purpose yards.
His 808 kick return yards are an IU true freshman record, fourth on Indiana's single-season list and the fifth-most nationally (second among freshmen).
In Big Ten play, Wynn is fourth in all-purpose yardage with a 144.8 per game average.
Wynn boasted a career-high 184 all-purpose yards (141 kick return, 41 receiving, 2 rushing) against Northwestern last weekend.
He has five straight games over the century mark in all-purpose yards and six overall in 2011, including two 150-plus games. He also has surpassed 100 kick return yards in four straight games and five times overall.
The Cleveland native added 147 all-purpose yards (127 kick return, 20 rushing) at Wisconsin.
Just For Kicks
One of the top kickers in the nation coming out of Waubonsie Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., Mitch Ewald has proved why this was the case after he redshirted the 2009 campaign.
Ewald has hit 9-of-11 field goals (81.8 percent) this year (one blocked), including two 49-yarders (career long, three times), and is 25-of-30 (83.3) in his career.
He is seventh on Indiana's career field goals list, he holds the top career percentage in IU history and his career percentage is 11th nationally.
In addition to his 83.3 field goal percentage, he is a perfect 59-of-59 in the extra point department, including 26-of-26 this season. His 59 career extra points are ninth on the school's career list.
Ewald took over kickoff duties in week two after Nick Freeland suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
His 16 field goals in 2010 tied for the most for a freshman and tied for the third most overall on IU's single-season list.
Ewald forced overtime with a 26-yarder and hit the game-winner from 31 yards in the team's Old Oaken Bucket victory at Purdue.
Beckum Is Back
After suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the season opener vs. Ball State, Leon Beckum returned to action at Iowa in week eight.
The fifth-year senior started at weak-side linebacker against the Hawkeyes and finished second on the team with eight tackles, including one for loss.
In his second game back vs. Northwestern, he recorded a team- and career-high 13 tackles, a career-best nine solo stops and one tackle for loss.
Since his return, Beckum leads the Hoosiers with his 21 tackles and 14 solos.
Beckum played his high school ball at Bloomington North, joined the Hoosiers as a walk-on in 2007 and earned a scholarship in 2009.
He has played all three linebacker spots in his career and was an 11-game starter in 2010.
Beckum made 69 tackles, 41 solo, with three sacks and nine tackles for loss last year. He led the team in TFLs, was second in sacks and tied for third in tackles.
On The Mark
True freshman Mark Murphy started the season working with the safeties, joined the linebackers before the South Carolina State game and returned to safety prior to the Wisconsin game.
Murphy has played in all eight games, started three times at weak-side linebacker and the last three games at safety.
Making his first start at safety at Wisconsin, Murphy led the team and posted 10 tackles and a career-best eight solo stops.
He reached double digits for a second time with a career-high 11 stops, seven solo, against Northwestern last weekend.
Overall, Murphy is second on the team with 50 tackles and shares the lead with 34 solos to go along with an interception, a tackle for loss, three pass breakups and a QB hurry.
In Big Ten play, Murphy paces the Hoosiers with 36 stops and 25 solos.
He made his first Big Ten start against Illinois the previous weekend and posted eight tackles.
Murphy intercepted his first pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown at North Texas, becoming the first true freshman since Tracy Porter (2004) to do so.
In his first career start, he posted seven tackles with one TFL and one PBU against South Carolina State.
Murphy's father, Mark, played safety for the Green Bay Packers from 1980-91 and was enshrined into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998.