Middleton Earns Two All-America Honors
Dec. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton has been named an All-American by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com, the publications announced today. Middleton set a school record for the Hoosiers and is the national leader with his 16.0 sacks on the season.
Middleton, who was also named a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, received his first start in the season opener vs. Indiana State. Middleton's 16 sacks moved him into first place on the single-season IU sack list, two sacks ahead of Van Waiters (1987), and pushed him into a tie for fourth place on the Big Ten's single-season list with three other players. He is only the fourth Hoosier to collect double-digit sacks in a season.
After posting a career-high 2.5 at Iowa, Middleton recorded one sack against Minnesota, a team that allowed just three sacks in five games before facing the Hoosiers, added another one at Michigan State and recorded his fourth and fifth multi-sack games this season with a pair each at Wisconsin and against Ball State. He then finished the regular season matching his career-best effort with 2.5 sacks in IU's 27-24 victory over Purdue.
Middleton is also fourth in the Big Ten and shares 17th nationally with 17 tackles for loss this season. The total is the most for an IU defensive lineman since current Chicago Bear Adewale Ogunleye's 17 during the 1998 campaign and shares sixth on the IU single-season chart.
Middleton saved perhaps his most impressive feat for the team's victory at Western Michigan, where he scooped up a fumble forced by junior defensive tackle Greg Brown and rumbled 44 yards for his first career touchdown. The score was the first fumble TD return by an IU defensive player since Troy Grosfield brought home a 15-yard fumble against Wisconsin on Sept. 30 last season.
Indiana will play in a bowl game for the first time since 1993 when it takes on Oklahoma State in the Insight Bowl on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2007. For the latest information on tickets and all other bowl information, click here to visit Indiana's bowl central page.
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