Nov. 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Opening up a two-game road trip to conclude the 2012 regular season, the Indiana football team (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) heads to Penn State (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is set for noon EST at Beaver Stadium (106,572; Natural Grass) and BTN will broadcast the game.
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Chris Martin (analyst) and J Leman (sideline) will call the game. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network, Sirius 123 and XM 194 with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
The Hoosiers offense is scoring points and doing so quickly. Under new offensive coordinator Seth Littrell:
Indiana has eight TD drives under 60 seconds, 17 TD drives under 90 seconds, 10 of which covered at least 70 yards in six-or-fewer plays. IU also has 12 TD drives of five plays or fewer.
The Hoosiers are running a play every 20.8 seconds.
Twenty-eight of Indiana's last 34 scoring drives (23 touchdowns) and 35 overall (28 touchdowns) have taken 3 minutes or less.
Indiana has shown significant strides in several categories from 2011 (2012 listed first):
Points: 31.2 - 21.4
Passing Yards: 293.2 - 199.4
Total Yards: 431.4 - 360.4
Completion %: 62.4 - 55.8
Plays: 76.6 - 72.5
IU has 21 passing touchdowns this season, which is second in the Big Ten, after throwing just 10 in all of 2011, and it has 39 total touchdowns, which is third in the league, after recording just 31 last year.
The Hoosiers have 29 70-plus yard scoring drives in 2012 after totaling just 18 last season.
Despite trailing its opponents in time of possession (26:33-33:26), Indiana leads its opponents in plays per game (76.6-76.4) and is nearly even in first downs per game (22.8-24.1).
Cam I Am
After leading Arizona Western Community College to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game, Cameron Coffman
enrolled in spring classes and participated in practice.
That extra practice has paid off as the sophomore quarterback assumed starting duties following Tre Roberson's
season-ending injury in week two.
He completed 16-of-22 (72.7) for 159 yards and one TD in relief of Roberson in his collegiate debut at UMass.
In his first start against Ball State, Coffman went 24-of-35 (68.6 percent) for 251 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of action.
Coffman set career highs with 33 completions (fourth-most in school history) and 48 attempts to go along with 282 yards and three TDs against Michigan State, and he threw for 275 yards with one score against Ohio State the following weekend.
He led the Hoosiers to victory against Iowa with his first 300-yard game and the program's first since Ben Chappell
passed for 330 at Purdue on Nov. 27, 2010.
Coffman completed 21-of-33 (63.6) for 315 yards and three touchdowns, his second game of the year with three TDs.
Last weekend against Wisconsin, Coffman passed for 233 yards with two scores, his fourth multi-touchdown game of the year. His 25 completions moved him into 10th on IU's single-season list.
Overall, Coffman is 183-of-295 (62.0) for 1,932 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He is second in the Big Ten in yards per game (214.7) and completion percentage, fourth in attempts and completions, and tied for fourth in TDs and interceptions.
Coffman threw for 2,244 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions and completed 61.4 percent of his passes at Arizona Western in 2011.
He also rushed for two scores and caught one TD as Arizona Western won a school-record 11 games.
Coffman attended Raymore-Peculiar Senior High School in Peculiar, Mo., where he compiled 3,300 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as a senior and rushed for 680 yards and eight scores.
Football is in the genes as his father, Paul, was a standout tight end at Kansas State as well as the NFL - Green Bay (1978-85) and Kansas City (1986-87).
Paul was a teammate of IU safety Mark Murphy's
father, Mark, with the Packers.
Cameron's brother, Chase, played tight end at the University of Missouri (2005-08) and the Cincinnati Bengals (2009-10). He is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.
His brother, Carson, played quarterback at Kansas State University (2007-10).
Bolser-Ing The Offense
For the second straight season, junior tight end Ted Bolser is on the John Mackey Award Watch List. Bolser, who stepped up as one of the team's leaders this offseason, is a fixture in new offensive coordinator Seth Littrell's offense.
Bolser caught three passes in each of the Hoosiers first five games before setting a career high with six receptions (42 yards) against Ohio State.
He matched that career-high against Iowa and set a career mark with 82 yards. Last weekend against Wisconsin, Bolser made three receptions for 53 yards with a career-long 38-yarder and a score.
Bolser is fourth on the team with 35 catches and 377 yards, has two touchdowns and has picked up first downs on 21 of his 35 grabs (60.0 percent).
Bolser broke out as a redshirt freshman in 2010, where he caught 27 passes for 407 yards with five touchdowns and an average of 15.1 yards per reception.
He set an IU tight end record, ranked first nationally among freshman tight ends and tied for seventh nationally among all tight ends in scores.
Bolser posted Hoosier freshman tight end records in catches and yards, and he finished with the sixth-most yards all-time in a single season among IU tight ends.
He was named to Rivals.com and Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America teams.
The Cincinnati native collected the most yards for an Indiana tight end since 1991 (Rod Coleman) and the most receptions since 1992 (Ross Hales).
With seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss, the most since the 2001 Wisconsin game, at Illinois, both season-highs, the Indiana defense surpassed its 2011 sack total and matched its tackles for loss mark.
The Hoosiers added to those numbers with two sacks and seven TFLs against Iowa and a pair of sacks and six stops for loss against Wisconsin last weekend.
IU owns 24 sacks and 73 tackles for loss. Last season, IU registered 18 sacks and 60 tackles for loss.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten and sit 17th nationally with 7.3 TFLs per game. Their 2.4 sacks per game are third in the league and 35th nationally.
Indiana has three games this season with at least 10 TFLs (11 at UMass and 10 vs. Ohio State), its most since 2007 (four).
IU's seven sacks were the most since the Central Michigan game on Nov. 1, 2008 (seven).
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., and senior defensive tackle Adam Replogle lead the team with four sacks and nine tackles for loss apiece.
Fifteen Hoosiers have at least a half-sack and 23 have at least a half-TFL.
Wrecking Ball Replogle
Since he arrived in Bloomington, senior defensive tackle Adam Replogle has been a force. He has started 45 straight games after his Hoosier debut as a true freshman in 2009. His 45 career starts are tied for the most in school history with offensive linemen Tim Radtke (1985-88) and Enoch DeMar (1999-2002).
Replogle, a five-time IU defensive player of the week and a team captain every week in 2012, leads all Hoosiers with 175 tackles, 14 sacks, which shares 10th in school history, and 24.5 tackles for loss (tied with Larry Black) in his career.
He leads the team with two forced fumbles, which is tied for sixth in the Big Ten, shares the top spot with Black with four sacks and nine tackles for loss, is tied for first with one fumble recovery, and he is third with 62 tackles in 2012.
Replogle and Black's four sacks and nine TFLs share second among Big Ten defensive tackles.
His 6.2 tackles per game top all Big Ten defensive linemen, and he has recorded at least five tackles in eight of the 10 games this season.
In Big Ten play, he leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, and he is tied for the top spot with 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
He matched a career-high with 10 tackles and two stops for loss with one forced fumble in the league opener at Northwestern and tied for the team lead with eight stops and one sack against Michigan State.
At Illinois, he reached eight tackles once again with one sack, 1.5 TFLs and a forced fumble. Replogle followed that performance up with a team-high tying seven stops with two tackles for loss and his first career fumble recovery against Iowa.
Replogle added to his budding resume with his third straight Capital One Academic All-District V honor last week. He is also one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was a nominee for the 2012 AFCA Good Works Team and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.
The Centerville, Ohio, native was elected a team captain, earned All-District V honors, was a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and collected Academic All-Big Ten honors (second straight year) in 2011.
Replogle's brother, Tyler, played linebacker at IU (2007-10) and his brother, Mike, is a sophomore defensive end at IU.
On The Mark
Safety Mark Murphy earned a spot on the Yahoo Sports, BTN.com and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams last season. Murphy led all Big Ten true freshmen with 76 tackles, the most for a Hoosier true freshman since 2003 (Will Meyers - 83).
Murphy kicked off last week with his first selection to the Capital One Academic All-District V team and capped it off with a game-high and a career-high-tying 13 tackles. He also posted a career-high nine solo stops against Wisconsin.
It marked his fifth career double-digit tackle game and his second of 2012.
He paced the Hoosiers with 11 tackles and eight solo stops at Northwestern with one tackle for loss.
Murphy is fourth on the team with 59 tackles and second with 42 solo stops to go along with one sack, two tackles for loss and two pass breakups in nine starts this season.
In Big Ten play, Murphy is tied for the team lead with 45 tackles, 31 solo, with his sack and two TFLs.
The Akron, Ohio, native played in all 12 games in 2011 and started three times at weak-side linebacker and the final six at safety.
He finished second on the team with 76 tackles and led the way with 44 solos to go along with one tackle for loss, one interception and four pass breakups.
In Big Ten play, Murphy paced the Hoosiers by 13 tackles with 62 stops, including a team-best 35 solos.
He collected double-digit tackles three times, including a career-high 13 stops against Purdue, and recorded at least eight tackles on five occasions.
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.
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.