Hoosiers Announce Season Captains
Nov. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced Thursday that linebacker Will Patterson, defensive end Jammie Kirlew, left tackle Rodger Saffold and quarterback Ben Chappell were elected season captains by their teammates. Lynch announced captains prior to each game before the team selected the quartet.
"We had a lot of leaders this season, but you will not find any better young men than these four," Lynch said. "They helped keep this team together and fighting the entire season, and we are proud to name them as our captains."
Patterson, Kirlew and Saffold will take the field for the final time in their careers on Saturday when they lead the Hoosiers against Purdue at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The longtime rivals will battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Indiana-Purdue game. Saturday's meeting marks the 85th battle for the Bucket and the 112th overall meeting.
A captain for the second straight season, Patterson sits third on the club with 63 tackles and fourth with 44 solos. The Indianapolis product has led the team in tackles four times this season, has two double-figure tackle games in 2009 and eight in his career. Patterson leads all active Hoosier players with 171 career solo stops and is second to Austin Thomas (264) with 263 tackles.
Kirlew appears in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. The fifth-year senior out of Orlando is tied for fifth in the league and 21st nationally with 14.5 tackles for loss, shares seventh in the conference with 5.5 sacks, is tied for the conference lead and third nationally with five forced fumbles and is third in the Big Ten and shares 24th nationally with two fumble recoveries.
A four-year starter at left tackle, Saffold has started 40 of the team's last 44 games and 41 in his career. Protecting Chappell's blind side, the Bedford, Ohio, native and the offensive line have allowed just 13 sacks on the season (third in Big Ten and 25th nationally). The front five has allowed a league-leading one sack per 30.8 pass attempts.
Chappell, a junior out of Bloomington, Ind., is in IU's career top 10 in passing yards (3,690; 9th), completions (326; 8th), attempts (544; 9th) and passing touchdowns (19; T-10th) and sits in the school's single-season top 10 in passing yards (2,675; 2nd), passing touchdowns (15; 4th), completions (245; 2nd), attempts (389; 3rd), completion percentage (63.0; 1st) and total offense (2,652; sixth). He ranks second in the Big Ten with 243.2 passing yards per game and in completion percentage (63.0) and is fourth in total offense (243.1). Chappell is 245-of-389 on the season and has 15 touchdown tosses, 13 interceptions and two rushing scores.
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