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Here’s a recap of our coverage this week in The Herald-Times:
WEDNESDAY: Wilson expecting young guns to step up
1. The health of both teams
Indiana could be limited on offense, and so could Penn State. Each team is looking at the potential for significant injury-related losses as they enter today’s game at Beaver Stadium. IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Jordan Howard are both dealing with ankle injuries, and their availability may not be apparent until shortly before the noon kickoff. Penn State’s backfield is also hurting after top running backs Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley missed last week’s game against Army due to injuries. Having Barkley, like Howard at IU, would be a major boost to Penn State, which hasn’t achieved offensive success or consistency so far. The PSU true freshman ranks third nationally and leads the Big Ten with 8.9 yards per carry.
2. Are the Hoosiers up for handling Penn State’s stout defense?
Having a healthy Sudfeld and Howard would help, but Indiana is due for a challenge either way. Penn State has held opponents under 325 yards of total offense for 12 consecutive regular season games. Most impressively, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 21 sacks and average 4.2 per contest, while senior defensive end Carl Nassib has posted a sack in each game this fall. Penn State is also fourth in the nation with 9.2 tackles for a loss per game. Indiana’s offensive line had a tough time last week against No. 1 Ohio State, and the task this week doesn’t get much easier. (more…)
While Indiana’s football team is in State College for its second Big Ten game of the season, Tom Crean’s Hoosiers will be only a few hours south enjoying football of a different kind.
The IU basketball team flew to Maryland for a weekend trip to see John Harbaugh’s Ravens, according to a story on Baltimore’s official website. The Hoosiers spent time before Friday’s practice in Annapolis, Md. walking the grounds of the Naval Academy. On Saturday, they’ll visit Harbaugh and the Ravens at the team’s Owings Mills, Md. facility before taking in Baltimore’s home game against Cleveland on Sunday.
Harbaugh is Crean’s brother-in-law.
“The Hoosiers will be here led by coach Tom Crean — the best coach in college basketball bar none — and we’re excited to have them around,” Harbaugh told Baltimore media, according to the Ravens website.
The Harbaugh brothers have been visible with IU basketball in the past. While he was coaching the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh — who’s now at Michigan — served as an honorary team manager during a game in February 2012, helping set up chairs on the court during team timeouts.
John has also been a supporter of Crean and the Hoosiers. He visited IU’s 2013 NCAA Tournament workout at Verizon Center a day before IU’s loss to Syracuse, and he was also seen outside the visiting locker room after Indiana’s game at Maryland in February.
Darius Latham made the trip to State College and will be active for Saturday’s game against Penn State.
Indiana announced Friday that it has lifted the suspension on the junior defensive tackle, who missed last week’s game due to a pending proceeding with Indiana’s Office of Student Ethics. IU coach Kevin Wilson has refused to comment on the nature of the suspension for Latham, who was also held out of the team’s season opener due to disciplinary reasons.
Latham’s return gives Indiana a push in its pursuit of Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has been sacked a Big Ten-worst 15 times through five games. In his last game for IU, Latham posted a career-high three tackles for a loss and one sack at Wake Forest on Sept. 26.
Although he could not participate in last week’s game against No. 1 Ohio State, Latham appeared on the field dressed in street clothes while his teammates worked through pregame warmups.
Latham has 10 tackles on the season, including five for a loss.
After years of toiling at Indiana football’s perpetual rebuilding project, Kevin Wilson’s work is beginning to yield affirmation.
And he need not look further than his phone to find it.
Hours after coming close to toppling the nation’s No. 1 team last weekend, the IU coach received a text message from an unnamed former Hoosier player, who saw Indiana’s recent play as the fulfillment of a promise Wilson made years earlier.
“All that stuff you said is coming true,” the text read. “Just turnover ratio, play the next play, keep playing. You told me that a couple years ago. Wow.”
But Wilson isn’t one to find satisfaction in the notion of progress. After five games, Wilson says he isn’t even sure that his team is good enough to warrant gushing praise at this point. Yes, the Hoosiers are 4-1, Wilson concedes, but what have they proven?
Indiana’s coach wants a team that shows up every day, and not merely for the national television audience. Wilson wants consistency, and the Hoosiers can answer their coach’s call at noon today with a win at Penn State.
“Do they want to feel good about playing a game and coming close and losing, or do they push themselves to keep winning?” Wilson said. “Certain programs are at a place where you have to win and nothing else is tolerated. You have to perform. You have to prepare. I think we’ve gotten our guys to the point, talent-wise, where we can compete. Now, we’re getting to the point that they realize you have to prepare. You want to be a great team? You do it week after week.” (more…)
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MIKE MILLER: Good morning from Pennsylvania. The hills and valleys are speckled with fall colors ahead of Saturday’s noon kickoff between IU and Penn State. Lots to chat about. Whatcha got?
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MIKE MILLER: Jeremy ruined karaoke for me. (more…)
The watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award was trimmed to 15 candidates on Thursday, and Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld made the cut.
Sudfeld is 87 for 147 this season for 1,277 yards with seven touchdowns, one interception and a 146.5 passing efficiency mark. He’s also scored two touchdowns on the ground. The senior, who’s also a member of the Maxwell Award watch list, leads the Big Ten in yards per attempt, is tied for first with his one interception, second in passing yards, passing yards per game (255.4) and total offense (1,318).
One of the most decorated quarterbacks in IU program history, Sudfeld is second in completion percentage (60.3) and 300-yard games (6), fourth in passing touchdowns (41) and fifth in passing yardage (5,583) and completions (433). Whether Sudfeld has a chance to build on those numbers this weekend remains to be seen after he aggravated an ankle injury last week against No. 1 Ohio State.
Sudfeld is a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Award, a nominee for the Senior CLASS Award®, a member of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, and he was a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®,
Named after one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award is presented annually at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to Sudfeld, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Florida State’s Everett Golson, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty are among the 15 candidates for the award.
The list will be cut to 10 candidates in the coming weeks before a handful of finalists are revealed next month. The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Dec. 11 in Baltimore.
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Tom Abernethy and Bobby Wilkerson headline this year’s Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame class, announced Thursday by the university.
Abernethy (1973-76 men’s basketball) and Wilkerson (men’s basketball 1974-76) are joined in the 34th induction class by Sam Carmichael (women’s golf, 1981-2004; men’s golf 1990-98) Adriane Diamond (women’s track, 1984-87), John Murphy (men’s swimming, 1972-75), Herm Schaefer (men’s basketball, 1939-41).
Schaefer will be inducted on the 75th anniversary of his graduation, while former teammates Abernethy and Wilkerson enter the hall of fame on the 40th anniversary of the 1976 team’s undefeated championship season. With the induction of Abernethy and Wilkerson, the entire starting five of the ’76 team will be in the IU hall of fame.
“It is an honor to welcome these legends into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “This is a truly great class of Hoosiers whom I have long admired. The IU Athletics Hall of Fame represents our proud and storied history of athletic excellence, and we are thrilled we are able to honor the tremendous contributions to IU Athletics history that each of these inductees have made.” (more…)
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Victoria Kemokai has left the Indiana women’s basketball team for personal reasons and will not return, according to a source.
The point guard Kemokai, who transferred to IU this summer from Tyler Junior College, chose to step away from the team while she deals with a family situation back home in Texas, the source said.
The news was later confirmed in a statement from IU head coach Teri Moren. Today marked the first day of practice for the women’s basketball team.
“Victoria will not be a part of our program this season due to family reasons back home in Texas,” Moren said. “We wish Victoria and her family the best during this time.”
Kemokai and Wabash Valley’s Tyshee Towner both joined the Hoosiers this offseason after earning National Junior College All-America honors as sophomores. Kemokai was expected to compete for time at the point guard position, which was vacated by Larryn Brooks after her transfer to Texas Tech.
While Kemokai missed a large part of summer workouts because of a prior arthroscopic procedure on her knee, she made an impression on head coach Teri Moren and was expected to be a part of the backcourt mix.
”In the short time I was around Victoria, I would say this – I wouldn’t count her out for anything,” Moren said in early August. “She’s a survivor, a tough kid that is going to challenge you. She’ll fight for minutes, she’ll fight for a position and she wants to be on the floor.”
Four players, including Brooks, left IU following Moren’s first season as coach. Without Kemokai, the Hoosiers will be down to 10 available scholarship players. Tia Elbert, another point guard who came over from Marquette, has to sit out the 2015-2016 season as part of her transfer.
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