Nov 10, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers tight end Ted Bolser (83) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Preview: Who Are the Indiana Hoosiers?

Indiana at Penn State
November 17, 2012
12:00 pm EST

Indiana University 

Bloomington, Indiana

Head Coach: Kevin Wilson (5-17 career)

2011 Record: 1-11

2012 Record: 4-6

Key Players: 

QB #2 Cameron Coffman: After taking over in week two, Coffman has thrown for at least 200 yards in 5 of the 7 games he has seen significant snaps in. He is completing 63% of his passes with 12 TDs  and 6 Ints. Coffman should surpass the 2,000 yard mark this weekend.

WR #1 Shane Wynn: Leads IU with 51 catches but only averages 9.1 yards per catch. Wynn has had at least 6 catches in 4 games, including a 12 catch, 70 yard performance against Michigan State.

WR #3 Cody Latimer: Maybe the biggest offensive threat the Hoosier’s possess, Latimer averages 16.1 yards on his 44 catches. Latimer has had at least 60 yards receiving in 7 contests this year. However, his touchdowns have all came in two games with 3 against Iowa and 2 against Ball State.

SUMMARY:

Facing the worst run defense in the Big Ten, expect to see a heavy dose of Z28, Zordich and maybe, just maybe, Bill Belton. Indiana is averaging over 31 points per game and nearly 300 yards passing in each contest. The Nittany Lion defense, particularly the passing D, will have to be on their game this weekend because if they aren’t, the Hoosiers will look to capitalize.

Because Indiana isn’t a strong running team (86th in the country), look for Ted Roof to count on his front four to stop the run while focusing his linebackers more on the pass. It will be interesting to see how the blitz-happy Roof balances his linebackers between coverage and rushing the passer. The nickel defense has all but disappeared since Northwestern but it may be needed again this week. Keep an eye out for true freshman DaQuan Davis at CB. With safety Malcolm Willis potentially out, Adrian Amos may see snaps at safety, forcing Davis back into action. Indiana will be looking for him matched up against their play-making wideouts in man coverage.

Fun Facts:

  • Indiana has 4 players with at least 35 catches in 2012.
  • Penn State has never lost to Indiana
  • The Hoosiers have scored at least 24 points in every contest except last week, in a loss to Wisconsin.
  • If Indiana can win-out, they’ll become bowl eligible. They have been to just one bowl game since 1993.
  • Penn State has won the last 4 contests by an average of over 16 points per game, but won last year by just 6 points. 16-10.
  • Indiana is averaging over 430 yards of offense per game, 80 yards per game more than 2011.

 

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