Hoosiers Collect Big Ten All-Freshman Honors
Dec. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana linebacker Chase Hoobler, safety Mark Murphy and offensive lineman Bernard Taylor have collected freshman postseason honors. Murphy and Taylor secured spots on Yahoo Sports, BTN.com and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman teams, while Hoobler earned accolades from Yahoo Sports and BTN.com.
A true freshman out of Akron, Ohio, Murphy finished second on the team with 76 tackles and led the way with 44 solos to go along with one interception, which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown, one tackle for loss and four pass breakups. He played in all 12 games, started three times at weak-side linebacker and the last six games at safety.
Murphy led Big Ten true freshmen with his 76 tackles and recorded at least eight tackles five times. His 76 tackles were the most for an IU true freshman since Will Meyers had 83 in 2003.
Taylor became the first true freshman to play on the offensive line in 2011. He appeared in 11 of the team's 12 games and started the last 10 at left guard. Facing some of the top defensive tackles in the country, Taylor allowed only three sacks in 295 passing attempts.
Hoobler finished the year with 48 tackles, 23 solo, two sacks, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. The redshirt freshman started eight games, including six times in the Big Ten, and played in all 12 games this season.
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