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Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey, who has orchestrated units recognized in the Big Ten and nationally for their excellence, is a nominee for the 2015 Broyles Award presented annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.
Frey works for a man who has earned the honor, established in 1976 to honor legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles. Kevin Wilson, IU’s head coach, is a two-time finalist for the Broyles and won it in 2008.
IU’s offensive line play has literally paved the way for the Big Ten’s top offense this season, and has fueled a robust Hoosier attack through much of Frey’s five seasons in Bloomington.
Frey, formally an assistant for Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and Michigan before arriving with Wilson at Indiana, has helped the current Hoosier club rank first in the conference in total offense (475.5; 24th nationally), passing offense (280.1; 27th), scoring offense (34.5; 34th) and sacks allowed (13, tied for 18th nationally.)
Indiana enior left tackle Jason Spriggs , one of six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top offensive or defensive linemen, and redshirt junior right guard Dan Feeney was an ESPN.com midseason All-America selection. The duo has allowed only two sacks in 400 called pass attempts. Feeney owns a team-best 80 knockdowns in 881 snaps and Spriggs has 61 knockdowns in 886 snaps. Spriggs has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.
The IU press release about Frey’s Broyles nomination is below the fold:
LAHAINA, Hawaii — UNLV – 72 INDIANA – 69
THE MODERATOR: We now welcome Indiana to the media room, Coach Crean, James Blackmon, Jr., and Nick Zeisloft. Start with an opening statement from coach.
COACH CREAN: It was a hard-fought game. We knew it would be. I’m sure a Vegas-Indiana game brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people. It was really in the scheme of history, it was an honor to play the Runnin’ Rebels. It really was.
I’ve got great respect for their coach, tremendous respect for him. Don’t know him great, but I was following him as an assistant with what he was doing at BYU with Dave Rose before he became the head coach at Vegas. I would say that there are — I’m not alone. I like to be in the fan club, but I’m not a single member when it comes to the coaching fraternity. People have a tremendous level of respect for Dave and what he’s doing.
That game shows a lot of ways what they’re capable of, because they were right there on Monday night. And then they got the second half going, and they really moved the ball. And they’re getting better. When you look at some of their percentages from even some of the guys that have transferred in, that year off has made them a lot better.
We knew we were going to be in a battle, and what we’ve got to learn in this young season is we had it happen here and we had it happen in the wake game, and we did a pretty decent job with it yesterday, but momentum is always up for grabs, all right? That means when you get it, you’ve got to hold it. When you don’t have it, you’ve got to find something to get it back. We had a couple moments today where we did get it back, but we also some moments where the game was up for grabs and we didn’t do a great job.
We got ourselves in a hole at the beginning with our turnovers, and you’re not going to beat any type of team, let alone one as talented as UNLV, when you’re giving them 22 points. It’s unacceptable with the guys that have the ball in their hands for us to be giving the ball that way, and we’ve got to get that fixed. We really do, or we’ve got to fix the lineup.
We’re a growing team right now in a lot of ways. The most important thing that we could grow into is understanding where our responsibilities lie as individuals and improvement, and as a team for how we can be collectively better. (more…)
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Serenity eluded Indiana over its three-game run in Hawaii, a trip that saw the Hoosiers fail to find their footing.
After a 72-69 loss to UNLV in its Maui Invitational finale on Wednesday, Indiana returns to the mainland facing serious questions about its defensive capacity and general ball security after a troubling trip west.
In the middle of arguably the toughest two-week non-conference run in Tom Crean’s eight-year tenure as IU coach, the Hoosiers are — more than anything — stuck. Indiana returns Monday at home against Alcorn State before traveling to Duke on Wednesday night for a primetime showdown with the defending national champions in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Hoosiers committed 21 turnovers and never led, dropping the second of three games to one of the tournament field’s bottom-tier teams. IU shot 11-for-20 from beyond the arc, but only 10-for-19 at the free throw line.
Nick Zeisloft scored a team-high 17 points for Indiana, while James Blackmon Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds.
A day after being removed from the lineup due to poor play in the tournament opener, Blackmon and Troy Williams each started for Indiana.
Williams, especially, was part of another sloppy start for the Hoosiers, who committed three turnovers — two by Williams — in the first four minutes and trailed 13-7 at the first media timeout. That deficit only swelled as the Hoosiers committed eight turnovers in the first eight minutes. It was easily the most troubling of IU’s three-day run on the island, a start that was only further torpedoed by Indiana’s struggles at the free throw line, where the Hoosiers hit only five of their first 12 shots at the line.
After UNLV’s lead extended to as many as 15 points, the Hoosiers responded with a 12-0 run to get within 27-24 with five minutes left in the half. The Rebels led 41-34 at halftime before Indiana forced its way back and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Blackmon five minutes into the second half.
After tying the game, IU failed to score over the next five minutes — a span that saw three IU turnovers. A 3-pointer from Max Bielfeldt and a layup from Williams got IU within 55-53, but turnovers, missed shots under the basket and an absent defensive approach from the Hoosiers allowed UNLV to a 7-0 run and a 62-53 lead with six minutes remaining in regulation. Two minutes later, that Rebels advantage expanded to 13 points.
Indiana charged back in the final minutes, inching as close as three points with seven seconds left. Following an inbounds play with three seconds on the clock, Nick Zeisloft’s potential game-tying 3 was blocked and IU hung their heads and walked off the court in defeat.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana bounced back with a win, albeit a sloppy one, over St. John’s in Maui, Mike writes.
Mistakes and misspellings in the box scores made for a frustrated Bob Knight and turned out to be the ticket for an annual trip to Maui as statkeepers for a Bloomington trio, Mike writes.
The IU football team is hungry for more than a big Thanksgiving meal this week, Andy writes.
Nate Sudfeld is a finalist for the Wuerrfel Trophy, while Jason Spriggs failed to make the final cut for the Outland Trophy, we reported.
A career-high 29 points from Tyra Buss helped pace IU women’s basketball to a road win at IPFW, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
St. John’s showed signs of progress in the loss to Indiana, the New York Daily News reported.
Five takeaways from Indiana’s win on Tuesday, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
In case you missed it, a compilation of some of Bill Walton’s ramblings on the IU broadcast against St. John’s, via Alex McCarthy at Inside Indiana.
There’s belief, there’s perspective and there’s what passes for Indiana basketball, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Five factors in Indiana overcoming a slow start to win at Maryland last Saturday, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com writes.
IU’s Jason Spriggs says not beating Purdue and going to a bowl would make his Hoosier career feel like a failure, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
The IU women’s basketball team escaped with a victory at IPFW despite too many turnovers and too many offensive rebounds allowed, Taylor Lehman of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In keeping with our Hawaiian theme, here’s Don Ho with “Tiny Bubbles.”
The official release from IU:
Indiana senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld was named Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt sophomore kicker Griffin Oakes was recognized as co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the Big Ten announced Monday. The honor is the first for Sudfeld and is the second straight for Oakes and the third overall in his career. This is the first time two Hoosiers have collected offensive and special teams conference accolades in the same week.
Four IU standouts (5 times) have notched league awards in 2015. Junior running back Jordan Howard was named co-Offensive Player of the Week following the Wake Forest game, true freshman safety Jonathan Crawford was named co-Freshman of the Week following the Western Kentucky game, and Oakes snared his first of 2015 following the Michigan game.
Sudfeld matched career marks with four passing touchdowns (4th time) and five total scores at Maryland. He went 23-of-35 (65.7) for 385 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and carded a career-best 195.8 passer rating.
The Modesto, Calif., native leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (283.4; 20th nationally), passing yards (2,834; 24th), total offense per game (286.2; 23rd), total offense (2,862; 27th), passing efficiency (149.1; 33rd) and yards per attempt (8.5; T-21st), is second in yards per completion (14.1; 15th), is third in touchdowns (20; T-28th), is tied for fourth in fewest interceptions (5) and is sixth in completion percentage (59.9).
Sudfeld is first in passing touchdowns (54), 350-yard games (4) and four-touchdown games (4), tied for first in 400-yard games (1), 300-yard games (9) and 200-yard games (18), second in completion percentage (60.6) and three-touchdown games (8), third in passing yardage (7,140), completions (547) and 250-yard games (11), fourth in total offense (7,239) and fifth in attempts (903) on IU’s career lists in 35 games (24 starts).
His five 300-yard games in 2015 are second, his 2,834 passing yards are fourth, his 20 touchdowns are fifth, and his 2,862 total yards are sixth on the program’s single-season list.
For the second time in as many weeks, Oakes matched an IU single-game record with four field goals (8th time), from 21, 19, 48 and 36 yards, hit all five of his extra points, finished with 17 points and converted his fifth onside kick attempt in six career tries. His kickoffs helped limit one of the nation’s top return specialists, Will Likely, to just 65 yards on five returns, a 13.0 average. Oakes had three touchbacks and averaged 63.4 yards.
The Greenwood, Ind., product is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (90.9, T-5th nationally), field goals (20, T-7th), and among B1G kickers (13th) and tied for first among all players (T-22nd) with 9.3 points per game. Oakes has 45 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs. He leads the conference in touchbacks (8th nationally) and touchback percentage (61.6, 15th), and he is 2nd in kickoff average (63.3, 21st).
Oakes is 20-of-22 (90.9) on field goals and 42-of-45 (93.3) on extra points in 2015. He is second in field goals, tied for fourth in PATs and fifth in points (102) on IU’s single season lists. In his career, Oakes is tied for seventh on the program’s career field goals chart, hitting 33-of-40 (82.5), and tied for eighth on the extra points ledger, connecting on 65-of-68 (95.6).
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Indiana will be adding a guard from overseas midseason, according to The Press News out of New Zealand.
Laken Wairau, a 5-foot-9 guard out of New Zealand, will reportedly join the team at the end of December.
“It’s pretty surreal,” the 18-year-old from Christchurch High School told The Press. “Coming from a small country like New Zealand and moving to the US is a pretty big deal, but I’m nothing but excited about it and I’ve just got to embrace the opportunity.”
The Hoosiers have been in some need of backcourt depth. Junior college point guard Victoria Kemokai left the team in October, and the Hoosiers currently have 10 active players on their roster.
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