Indiana Hoosiers Football–Ben Chappell Awarded Offensive Player of the Week, but Not Without Help by The Truth

By Kyle Miller

My perspective on football is through the eyes of a moronic fan.  Every year I convince myself that my beloved Hoosiers, in some way, shape or form, are destined to slither their way to Pasadena.  Bashing players is not my forte, but if a good verbal lashing is due, I won’t silence my gun.

On Saturday, the Hoosiers took care of business defeating Western Kentucky 38-21.  Ben Chappell, earlier today, was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career, but much of that honor should be credited to IU’s superb receiving core.

Wide receivers play the easiest position in football.  They run routes, catch the ball or block.  Sure they have to shake off a defender, but the corner or safety is usually smaller, plus he has no idea what route a receiver is about to run.  So, while I’m crediting some of Chappell’s success to Indiana’s wideouts, he is still more than deserving of the award he received.

Tandon Doss, if he isn’t already, will be the best wide receiver in the Big Ten before it’s all said and done.  It took Doss all of three seconds–or however long a kick-off remains in the air–to assert himself by returning the opening kick 87 yards to the Western Kentucky 13 yard line.  At the end of the second quarter, Doss snagged a three yard, poorly thrown pass from Chappell to give the Hoosiers a double-digit lead.  He’s 6-3 and runs like a gazelle.  He’s a shorter version of James Hardy, but tougher and more explosive after the catch.

Damario Belcher and Terrance Turner both had more catches last week then Doss, but the hands of Duwyce Wilson, a redshirt freshman, should have Hoosiers optimistic for years to come.

The emergence of a tight end is newsworthy to Hoosier fans.  For the last eight years, I’ve wondered if Indiana even had a tight end. Ted Bolser has caught a total of six balls for 93 yards and two touchdowns.  In just two game, I think Bolser has quadrupled the tight end stats from last year.

With this dynamic and explosive receiving core, look for IU to light up the scoreboard.  I’m disappointed our defense let Bobby Rainey rush for over 100 yards, but after the first series they imposed their will on the Hilltoppers.

More good news struck Bloomington this week.  The Hoosiers will delay playing their first noon kick-off game, at least for another week.  The Hoosiers play Akron at 7:00 p.m. this coming Saturday and it was released today that they will battle Michigan at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2.  If your a student, alumni, or just a Hoosier fan, we need to make a conscious effort to pack the rock Oct. 2.

Here’s a video my grandmother sent me a week ago.  Pretty funny:


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Notes From Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium – Hoosiers Go To The Air For Big Results by jwmindysports

By John Miller

The Hoosiers continued their weak non-conference schedule tonight against the lowly Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.  Western Kentucky had lost their previous 22 games heading into this evening’s affair, and things did not improve for them as they dropped number 23 against the Hoosiers 38-21.  Indiana showed a solid passing attack in today’s game but still needs to work on their rush offense and overall defense.  The game did not pose much danger but in order to make it a worry free game Indiana needed to do two things, stop early momentum and contain star running back Bobby Rainey.

Tandon Doss made his presence felt in his first game this season.

Things appeared to get off to a great start when Tandon Doss touched the ball for the first time this season on the opening kickoff.  Doss exploded down the field before getting knocked out of bounds deep in Hilltopper territory. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, their game plan went south from there as Ben Chappell and Darius Willis got crossed up on a handoff just a few plays later and gave WKU the ball and the momentum.  On the following drive the Hilltoppers marched down the field and punched one in riding the running game from Bobby Rainey.  Indiana stepped up nicely after this, shutting down the Western Kentucky’s running game and moving the ball down the field possession after possession.

The Hoosiers continued to do what they do best, throw the football.  Ben Chappell overcame some early high balls (many of which were still caught by the IU wideouts) and found a nice rhythm as the game progressed.  He finished 32-42 for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He spread the ball around the field and hit many receivers.  Damarlo Belcher (9 catches for 118 yards and a TD), Tandon Doss (5 catches for 62 yards and a TD), and Terrance Turner (8 catches for 55 yards) showed why they are the top 1-2-3 punch in the Big 10, but two new names, freshmen WR Duwyce Wilson and TE Ted Bolser, continue to look sharp and add more weapons for Chappell to throw to.  Bolser caught his second touchdown in as many games and gives IU something they have missed for as long as I can remember, a TE than can catch the ball in the end zone.  Darius Willis did not look great running the ball (13 carries for only 30 yards) but he was not the one to blame. The offensive line is built to pass block and holes were just not there tonight.  He looked good in the open field as he caught a few balls and broke a few runs late to the outside.  IU needs to find some balance as they start to play better competition or teams will load defensive backs and create problems for Chappell. The key for this game was Indiana’s ability to convert third downs (10-12), large in part to the protection given to Chappell by the offensive line.

The defense looked dreadful in WKU’s first offensive possession but settled in nicely after regrouping.  Their primary focus was to stop Bobby Rainey and for the most part kept him in line.  He finished with 105 yards on 21 attempts and 2 touchdowns, but after the first possession never really got much going.  QB Kawaun Jakes provides very little throwing the football and the Hoosiers were able to load men up in the box.  The Hilltoppers moved the ball better in the fourth quarter once the game got out of hand as it appeared IU relaxed a bit.  The most impressive thing to me was the way the D looked at the start of the second half.  They came out of the locker room with great intensity and finally flew around and made solid tackles.  As long as this unit continues to improve week after week, they should be able limit opponents points and leave the game in the hands of the offense.

Overall, this was just another tune-up game for the Hoosiers.  We have yet to see the wildcat offense from Edward Wright-Baker and game plans have been basic.  Next week will be their final game to get things right before heading into the conference schedule.  Akron will visit Memorial Stadium and it will mark the third time in four years the two have played each other.  Akron is a nice transition game for the Hoosiers as it is a game they should win but will offer much more competition than Towson and Western Kentucky.  Check back during the middle of next week for a preview of the Hoosiers vs. Zips game.

Boomer’s Prediction:        Hoosiers – 51    Western Kentucky – 27

Actual Score:     Hoosiers – 38   Western Kentucky – 21

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