Released this morning by IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kellen Lewis picked up his fifth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday morning. Lewis shared the award with Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. Lewis is the first Hoosier since current Washington Redskin Antwaan Randle El (six from 1998-2001) to earn five conference POWâ€ˆhonors.
Randle El and Anthony Thompson (1986-89) hold the IU record with six Big Ten weekly accolades. Wisconsinâ€™s Ron Dayne (1996-99) holds the league record with nine Player of the Week awards.
Lewis and the Hoosiers knocked off Western Kentucky, 31-13, in the teamâ€™s season opener on Saturday. With his 11-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher against Western Kentucky, the junior topped Antwaan Randle El on the schoolâ€™s career passing touchdown list. Lewis would add a second TD later in the ballgame to give him 44 for his career, passing Randle Elâ€™s total of 42. He finished the day completing 17-of-27 for 144 yards.
The Hoosiers and Zips are set to kick it off at 2:05. Feel free to follow along and chat here while you watch the game on the Big Ten Network. The IU lineup is expected to remain the same with the exception of Neil Wilmarth replacing Darren Yeagle at forward.
Something to look for is IU’s Ofori Sarkodie and Akron’s Kofi Sarkodie going head-to-head. Both are defenders, so restarts and corners would be when they’re most likely to collide.
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Indiana definitely has come out more aggressive than on Friday night, but the Hoosiers must be careful. The Zips have some dangerous attackers â€” Steve Zakuani has already had a couple of good looks at the goal.
Here’s why Kellen Lewis’ re-ascendancy to the starting QB spot was inevitable: he twice broke long runs for touchdowns Saturday to lead Indiana to a 31-13 win against Western Kentucky in its season-opener at Memorial Stadium.
Lewis bolted 75 yards down the middle of the field to open the scoring at 7:06 of the first quarter. Then, after the Hoosiers sagged under the heat and the pace of a game played between two no-huddle teams, Lewis ran 62 yards into the end zone early in the fourth quarter to ensure the win. Indiana had come out with five wide receivers spread across the field. Lewis never even looked at them.
We’ll have more coverage after we conduct post-game interviews.
For the past two seasons, Hoosier Scoop writers have commented on Indiana football games as they happened.
Sort of. There was always a bit of lag as we typed things into the blog and then waited for the post to go through. Then, you faithful, insightful, handsome or pretty, wise, engaging and hilarious readers would comment below each post.
The conversation was disjointed, to say the least.
This year, we’re going live. Well, closer to live. And we’ll rely on you more than ever.
We’ll use the box below to conduct our in-game discussion. Those of you stuck at home can feel a little closer to the game by interacting with each other and our cadre of writers in the press box.
Indiana and Duke are just taking the field for warm-ups with the Hoosiers’ season opener set to kick off in about 30 minutes.
In the evening’s first game, Akron got a goal early in the second half from Kofi Sarkodie, the younger brother of IU’s Ofori, then pulled away for a dominating 3-0 victory over Notre Dame. Indiana will play the No. 12 Zips, coached by former IU player and assistant Caleb Porter, Sunday at 2 p.m.
I’ll be back with a pre-game update and will update every 15 minutes of game time or as events warrant.
This is the eighth and last in a series of position-by-position previews.
PROJECTED STARTERS: CB Christopher Phillips, 6-0, 187, Sr.; CB Chris Adkins, 6-1, 185, Fr.; FS Nick Polk, 6-0, 218, Jr.; SS Austin Thomas, 6-2, 222; Jr.
STARTERS LOST: CB Tracy Porter (13 games started); CB Leslie Majors (11 games started).
KEY RESERVES: CB Donnell Jones, 5-10, 210, Fr.; CB Richard Council, 6-1, 189; FS Joe Kleinsmith, 5-11, 197, Sr.; SS Jerimy Finch, 6-1, 215, So.
2007 REVIEW: Indiana had its best set of cornerbacks in recent years with Tracy Porter and Leslie Majors. Porter is now playing for the New Orleans Saints and Majors is with the Chicago Bears. The move of Nick Polk from wide receiver to free safety made the Hoosiers more athletic in the defensive backfield, but the team was relatively inexperienced at safety. As a sophomore, strong safety Austin Thomas was IUâ€™s leading tackler. Polk and Thomas made IU at least adequate at safety last year after the team had been relatively weak at that position the previous couple of seasons.