2007 Indiana Football Preview by BigTen-fans.com
2007 Indiana football preview
2006 Record: 5-7, 3-5
The Indiana defense only held an opponent under 20 points one time last season,
and that was in a 14-7 loss to Connecticut. The Hoosiers biggest personnel
losses came on the defensive side of the ball. Senior defensive backs Tracy
Porter and Leslie Majors are veterans who have great ability to cover receivers.
Sophomore safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk are progressively getting better
and will need to continue to gain confidence with more playing time.
The group of linebackers is a bight spot on the defense. Senior Adam McClurg will anchor the middle of the field with junior Geno Johnson and sophomore Will Patterson on the outside. These linebackers bring athleticism to a defense that needs playmakers to make tackles.
The Hoosiers will look to get more production out of their defensive line in 2007. Indiana allowed 174 yards per game on the ground last season and will DT Greg Brown and DE Jammie Kirlew to improve after decent campaigns a year ago. DT Joe Kremer will need to eat up space in the middle to allow the linebackers a chance to get to the ball.
Junior Austin Starr returns as the Hoosiers place kicker. Starr produced solid numbers in 2006 and should provide consistency in the kicking game this season. Marcus Thigpen and Terry Porter may be the best return duo in the Big Ten this year. Thigpen showed a knack for returning kicks last year including three returns for touchdowns, and Porter has game breaking ability as a punt returner.
The Hoosiers will turn to Bill Lynch to lead the Hoosiers after the unfortunate loss of Coach Terry Hoeppner. Indiana catches a break by not finding Michigan or Ohio State on their schedule this season. There’s a good possibility that the Hoosiers can improve their win total this year and find themselves Bowl eligible in November.
Indiana Hoosiers 2007 Football Schedule
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