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    Weekly Press Release for Game Against Penn State

    Go Hoosiers!
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    Go Hoosiers!

    November 11, 2001

    Weekly Release #9: The Penn State Game

    Indiana (3-5, 3-3) at Penn State (3-5, 2-4)
    When:
    Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001; 12:10 p.m. local
    Where: Beaver Stadium; University Park, Pa.
    Television: ESPN Regional
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 16-36, fifth season
    Penn State's Joe Paterno: 325-95-3, 36th season
    Series History: Penn State leads all-time series 6-0, including a 2-0 record at Beaver Stadium
    Last Game between the two teams: For the first time since 1984, Indiana traveled to Indianapolis to play a home football game and the change in venue almost sparked the Hoosiers to a victory over perennial power Penn State. In a game played at the RCA Dome before 43,122 spectators and a national audience on ESPN2, Nittany Lions kicker Ryan Primanti broke a 24-24 tie and provided Penn State with its winning margin when he connected on a 39-yard field goal with only :18 seconds remaining in the hard-fought contest. Primanti, who missed a 29-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, also connected on a 39-yard kick with 8:54 left in the game that gave Penn State a 24-21 advantage. However, Indiana kicker Andy Payne kicked a 29-yarder with 1:59 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24-24.

    The Game: Indiana will visit University Park, Pa., for the third time in school history on Saturday, Nov. 17, to take on the Nittany Lions. With a 37-28 win at Michigan State this past Saturday, the Hoosiers evened their Big Ten record at 3-3. Indiana rushed for 489 net yards against the Spartans as senior running back Levron Williams rushed for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns and graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El, a Heisman Trophy candidate, carried 21 times for 149 yards and a score. In doing so, the senior signal caller moved into first place on the NCAA I-A rushing list for quarterbacks with 3,645 yards. Penn State gave Illinois everything it could handle but fell in the waning moments, 33-28.

    One of the Nation's Toughest Schedules: According to the most recent Sagarin Ratings Index, Indiana has played one of the 10-most difficult schedules in the country thus far in 2001. The combined record of the five opponents to whom Indiana has lost currently stands at 32-13. Of IU's eight opponents, Iowa has a 5-4 overall record, Illinois (ranked 12th in USA Today Coaches' poll) has recorded an 8-1 overall mark. North Carolina State (6-3) won at Florida State this past Saturday. Utah (7-2) is receiving votes and lost its only two games at 7th-ranked Oregon, 24-10, and at Colorado State, 19-17. Ohio State is ranked 26th and is 6-3 with road losses at UCLA and Penn State and a home setback vs. Wisconsin. Indiana has defeated 5-5 Wisconsin, 63-32, 4-5 Northwestern, 56-21, and 5-3 Michigan State, 37-28.

    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, 41 career games
    6,954-40TDs passing, 3,645-42TDs rushing
    • Eric Crouch, Nebraska, 42 career games
    4,223-29TDs passing, 3,272-57TDs rushing
    • Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson, 36 career games
    5,372-31TDs passing, 2,467-26TDs rushing

    A Statistical Comparison
    2001 Offensive Averages (NCAA rank)
    Indiana Statistic Penn State
    280.88 (3) Rushing/Game 110.75 (98)
    5.8 Rushing/Attempt 3.3
    190-103-4 Att.-Comp.-INTs 281-138-12
    163.6 (95) Passing/Game 221.0 (58)
    444.5 (18) Total/Game 331.75 (89)
    31.5 (28) Scoring/Game 20.5 (96)

    2001 Defensive Averages
    Indiana Statistic Penn State
    175.75 (75) Rushing/Game 199.5 (92)
    4.2 Rushing/Attempt 4.3
    230-153-7 Att.-Comp.-INTs 245-137-6
    235.13 (80) Pass Defense 237.5 (84)
    410.88 (81) Total/Game 437.0 (93)
    31.0 (87) Scoring/Game 26.25 (67)

    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 eight games this fall, Indiana's offense has surrendered only three sacks, including only one sack allowed in six Big Ten games (at Michigan St.). The total of four sacks allowed ties Indiana for the second-best mark in the country.
    1. Miami (Fla.) - 1 sack allowed in 8 games
    2. Indiana - 4 sacks allowed in 8 games
    2. Air Force - 4 sacks allowed in 9 games
    4. Utah - 5 sacks allowed in 9 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 nine turnovers (five lost fumbles and four interceptions), Indiana has fewer turnovers than any team in Division I-A football. Fresno State and Oregon are tied for second, both having given away the football 10 times.

    Indiana Topping the Big Ten Charts in Several Key Categories: In Big Ten games, Indiana leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (35.3 points per game), total offense (482.3 yards per game), rushing offense (318.7 yards per contest), turnover margin (1.33 per game), fourth-down conversions (75.0%), third-down conversions (50.0%), and sacks allowed (1).

    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 41 career games, he has passed for 6,954 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for 3,645 yards and 42 touchdowns. He also has recorded a receiving touchdown.

    Randle El Sets NCAA Division I-A Quarterback Career Rushing Yardage Record: With with 149 rushing yards at Michigan State, Antwaan Randle El moved into first place on the NCAA Division I-A rushing list for quarterbacks with 3,496. 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. Antwaan Randle El, IU, 3,645 yards (1998-)
    2. Dee Dowis, Air Force, 3,612 yards (1986-89)
    3. Kareem Wilson, Ohio, 3,597 yards (95-98)
    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, 3,272 yards (1998-)

    Win at Michigan State 15 Years in the Making: Indiana's 37-28 win at Michigan State was IU's first victory at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing since a 17-14 win on November 8, 1986.

    November Success: IU's wins vs. Northwestern and at Michigan State marked the first time since 1986 that Indiana has won its first two games played in the month of November. Indiana has not won its first three games played in the month of November since 1958.

    Defensive Shakeup Yields Results: Head coach Cam Cameron used the bye week prior to the Northwestern game on November 3 to make several personnel changes on the defensive side of the football. The moves 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. He also notched a game-clinching INT at Michigan State this past Saturday. 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.

    Breaking into the top 20: Senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El is presently in 13th place on the NCAA I-A total yardage list with 10,599 yards passing and rushing. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 258.5 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:

    8. Eric Zeier, Georgia, 10,841
    9. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 10,913
    10. Chad Pennington, Marshall, 10,758
    11. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651
    12. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640
    13. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,599 yards
    14. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
    15. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
    16. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 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

    One of the Nation's Most Productive and Versatile Running Backs?: Throughout the 2001 campaign, senior running back Levron Williams has played the best football of his impressive career having rushed for 1,093 yards and 16 touchdowns in eight games. He is currently leading NCAA Division I-A football in all-purpose yardage (208.13 ypg), is third in scoring (13.5 ppg), and is sixth in rushing (136.6 ypg). In Big Ten games, Williams is averaging 162.3 yards per game rushing. This past Saturday in a 37-28 upset win over 22nd-ranked Michigan State, Williams rushed 26 times for 251 yards and three scores. During Indiana's 63-32 win at Wisconsin on Oct. 6, 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 yards per carry and recorded runs of 56, 51, 48, and 44 yards.

    Williams reaches impressive 2,500 rushing/1,000 receiving barrier: With 251 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving at Michigan State, senior running back Levron Williams became one of only a handful of players in NCAA Division I-A history to record 2,500 career yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. In 38 career games, the Evansville, Ind., product has rushed for 2,787 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 87 passes for 1,005 yards and 7 scores.

    Nation's Top Rushing Performances on 11/11/01:
    • Levron Williams, Indiana vs. Michigan State 26 carries, 251 yards, 3 touchdowns
    • Leonard Henry, East Carolina vs. Cincinnati 18 carries, 234 yards, 2 touchdowns
    • Terrence Jackson, C. Michigan vs. E. Michigan 25 carries, 207 yards, 4 touchdowns
    • Chester Taylor, Toledo vs, Western Michigan 30 carries, 203 yards, 1 touchdown
    • Brian Madden, Navy vs. Tulane
    33 carries, 201 yards, 2 touchdowns

    Closing the Gap on Mike Rozier: In 38 career games, senior running back Levron Williams has rushed 389 times for 2,787 yards and 30 touchdowns. At his current per carry average of 7.16 yards per rush, Williams would need 25 carries to join Nebraska's Mike Rozier as the only NCAA Division I-A running backs to average 7.2 yards per carry with over 414 career carries.
    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). Randle El now has 6,954 career yards passing in 41 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. Versus the Spartans in what Kemp called the game that would provide "bragging rights for life,", the older brother recorded two sacks and forced a fumble.

    Another Family Affair: Indiana junior right tackle Bobby Brandt grew up in a Nittany Lions family as the Lancaster, Pa. (Manheim Township) product's grandfather, Jeff Durkota, was a wingback on Penn State's 1947 Cotton Bowl team that played Southern Methodist and the legendary Doak Walker to a 13-13 tie.

    Randle El Moves into top 20 on Big Ten's career rushing list and top 15 on Big Ten's passing list: With 149 rushing yards at Michigan State, Antwaan Randle El passed Michigan State's Sedrick Irvin, Ohio State's Tim Spencer, and Purdue's Mike Alstott to move into 19th place on the Big Ten's career rushing yardage list with 3,645 yards (18th, Ohio State's Eddie George, 3,668). He needs 148 yards rushing to move into 15th place. He also passed Iowa's Chuck Hartlieb to move into 14th place on the Big Ten's career passing yardage list with 6,954 yards (13th, Illinois' Tony Eason, 7,031) and needs 533 passing yards to move into top 10.

    Talk about fast starts: In six Big Ten games in 2001, Indiana is averaging 24.3 first-half points. In its three wins at Wisconsin, vs. Northwestern, and at Michigan State, IU is averaging 37.3 first-half points.

    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, November 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 310 stops in 39 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 eighth in the Big Ten in tackles with 10.4 stops per contest. In Big Ten games only, Smith is seventh in tackles with 11.7 per contest and seventh in tackles for loss with 1.42 per contest. He recorded the third INT of his career at Michigan State.

    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. 27.5 Kemp Rasmussen, 1998-present

    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 fifth consecutive week as IU recorded two interceptions and fumble recovery and fumbled once at Michigan State. Indiana is now +6 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.

    Second-best per-rush average in the country: Indiana is averaging 5.82 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 (6.19), East Carolina (5.75), Nebraska (5.49), Middle Tennessee State (5.46), Oregon (5.36), Minnesota (5.36), Kent State (5.12), Miami, Fla. (5.06), Alabama (5.00), and San Jose State (5.00).

    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. He now needs 46 yards passing to reach the 7,000 passing/3,500 rushing plateau. In 41 career games, Randle El has recorded 6,954 yards passing and 3,645 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 5,000/2,000 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 10, senior running back Levron Williams leads the Big Ten and is first nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (208.13 ypg), is first in the Big Ten and third nationally in scoring (13.50 ppg), and is first in the Big Ten Conference and sixth nationally in rushing yards per game (136.63 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 eight games in 2001, Indiana has made 33 trips into the red zone and has scored 25 touchdowns (75,8 touchdown percentage) and two field goals (27 scores in 33 trips overall, 81.8 conversion percentage). The Hoosiers have missed three field goals and been stopped twice on downs, once on a fumble, and once on a fake field goal. 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 (53 of 113 for 46.9 percent). Also, Indiana is 9-of-12 on fourth down conversions in Big Ten games and 10-of-16 overall.

    Interception Streak: Indiana has recorded interceptions in five consecutive contests. With IU leading 31-28 with less than 4:00 minutes remaining at Michigan State, redshirt freshman linebacker Herana-Daze Jones intercepted a QB Jeff Smoker pass at the IU-46 and returned it to the MSU-39. On Michigan State's next possession, senior middle linebacker Justin Smith intercepted a Smoker pass. Senior cornerback Marcus Floyd and 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 (matched again vs. Northwestern). 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 11/11/89.

    Special Teams Improvement: While kicking and punting have remained a problem, IU's special teams in many other areas continue to make tremendous gains. True freshman Deonte Smith blocked a punt at Michigan State. 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.

    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. Williams also earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week in wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State and quarterback Antwaan Randle El earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors vs. Northwestern. Cameron earned Wojciechowski's honorable mention national coach-of-the-week mention following IU's upset of 22nd-ranked MSU.

    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 321 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. He now has 10,599 yards in 41 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 3,645 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 41 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 212.3 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 252, 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 13th place on the I-A list with 10,599 total yards. Those players within striking range of his single game career average of 255.5 yards per game, and a few others he has recently passed, are as follows:

    8. Eric Zeier, Georgia, 10,841
    9. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh, 10,913
    10. Chad Pennington, Marshall, 10,758
    11. Stoney Case, New Mexico, 10,651
    12. Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech, 10,640
    13. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 10,599 yards
    14. Todd Santos, San Diego State, 10,513 yards
    15. Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 10,500 yards
    16. Cade McNown, UCLA, 10,487 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

    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 first on the career rushing list with 3,645 yards. Air Force's Dee Dowis (1986-89) is second on the career list with 3,612 rushing yards.

    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 Bobby Brandt, A.C. Myler, 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 third nationally, in rushing at 280.9 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 31.5 points per contest this fall. Indiana has scored 30-or-more points in 16 of its last 30 games and has scored 50-or-more points in two of its last five games.

    A Truly Amazing Stat: Indiana is averaging 5.8 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 (5.4 ypc), Johnson (5.8), 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 Carolina Panthers 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.

    The Coaches:
    Penn State's Joe Paterno:
    Born: December 21, 1926
    Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Education: Graduated from Brooklyn Prep High School, 1945...B.A. English Literature, Brown, 1950
    Playing Experience: Guard, 1943, fullback, 1944, Brooklyn Prep...defensive back, 1946-47, quarterback, Brown...also basketball guard at Brown, 1948-49
    Personal: Wife Suzanne...daughters Diana (Giegrich) and Mary Kay (Hort), sons Davis, Jay and Scott (all Penn State graduates)...eight grandchildren
    Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach, Penn State, 1950-65, Head Coach, Penn State, 1966-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 374 yards and four touchdowns in the first eight games of the 2001 campaign. He has also caught 14 passes for 191 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. Penn State includes many players who have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (30 games played/19 games started, 19/19 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (19GP/19GS), C Craig Osika (40/35, 19/19 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (30/30), RT Bobby Brandt (30/19, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (30G/12GS), RB Levron Williams (38GP/30GS), QB Antwaan Randle El (41/41, 40/40 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (16/7), and TE Kris Dielman (30/8).

    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 and blocked a punt in IU's win over Michigan State. 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.

     

     

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