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.
It’s the Thursday before the first week of college football.
Kyle Taber’s knee has just been surgically repaired.
Matt Carlino will be a Hoosier in 2011.
There’s plenty to talk about, and you can do that by clicking here.
The Big Ten Network has launched a nifty interactive site that will allow you to find out its football schedule each week and tell you where to find the games (since many providers broadcast games on multiple over-flow channels.)
You can find it right here.
This is the seventh in an eight-part series previewing the IU football team by position. Doug Wilson takes a look at the tailbacks today.
PROJECTED STARTER: Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 193, Sr.
STARTERS LOST: Josiah Sears (started three games)
KEY RESERVES: Bryan Payton, 5-9, 205, Jr.; Demetrius McCray, 5-11, 208, Sr., Trea Burgess, 6-1, 223, So.
2007 REVIEW: Bill Lynch emphasized improving Indianaâ€™s running game last season and was successful in making it better. After finished last in the Big Ten in 2006 with 113.8 rushing yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry, Indiana improved to eighth in the conference with 157.4 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry in 2007. For the second straight year, quarterback Kellen Lewis was Indianaâ€™s leading rusher. He finished with 56.6 rushing yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry. Marcus Thigpen was the top running back with 47.3 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry.
No word on what Kyle did to his knee, as he’s not available for comment. His high school coach at Evansville Central, Brent Chitty, wasn’t aware of the injury but does not believe it to be serious; otherwise Kyle would have called him about it.
A 10-week recovery period would rule out a major surgery such as ACL reconstruction. If he does meet that timetable, he should be able to play in IU’s opener, which is expected to be Nov. 15.
Oddly enough, I was standing with Mike Pegram in the South Lobby of Assembly Hall today and saw Taber ambled through. He looked OK, but he wasn’t exactly guarding Robbie Hummel at the time.
Just another set back for IU, as it will now enter practice with one experienced player: Brett Finkelmeier. He played 11 minutes last year. Total.
Wonder if Tom Crean’s ever heard of Murphy’s Law?
This just in from IU media relations . . . .
Indiana University senior Kyle Taber injured his knee last week and will undergo surgery tomorrow.Â He is expected to be out for 10 weeks.
“This is very unfortunate for Kyle,” said IU Coach Tom Crean.Â “He has been a strong presence and has done things the right way for us since we arrived here.Â We will move forward and help him through his rehabilitation and look to him to provide us with the leadership that is expected from a fifth-year senior at Indiana.”
He started four games last year and averaged 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games.