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Prediction: 2-10

Head coach: Gerry DiNardo
1st year
10th overall: 51-49-1

Overview: Out with the Cam Cameron era and in with the Gerry DiNardo regime. It'll be really interesting to see how DiNardo's new Midwest Coast offense operates with a team built to run the ball down team's throats. Cameron came to IU with a reputation as a quarterback coach and ready to install a top-notch passing attack, then Antwaan Randle El emerged as one of college football's greatest multi-dimensional threats and the Hoosiers became a premier running team. While all the focus is on the offense, the Hoosiers never had a problem moving the ball or scoring points under Cameron. The problem was the total inability to stop anyone which means defense will be the highest priority. Like every new coaching regime, there are the usual "team needs to improve its conditioning and strength" rhetoric, but for a program that finishes a distant third behind its basketball program and its off-season basketball program defense, not a high-octane offense, is what needs the most tinkering.

2002 Schedule
*Predicted Wins in Bold
Aug. 31 William & Mary
Sept. 7 at
Sept. 14 at
Sept. 21
Sept. 28 at
Oct. 12
Oct. 19
Oct. 26 at
Nov. 2 at
Nov. 9
Nov. 16
Nov. 23 at
Best Offensive Players: Senior OT . He's big, strong and very smart as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He's the leader of the offense and the team's best all-around player.

Best Defensive Player: Soph LB . He's a little too small to be a top run stopping linebacker, but few in the Big Ten have the sideline to sideline moves of this converted safety.

Key player to a successful season: QBs and Gilbran Hamdan. The defense isn't going to stop anyone. It's going to take a few years to improve that side of the ball meaning IU will have to put up points like it did with Antwaan Randle El at quarterback. Whichever one starts will have to shine right off the bat.

The season will be a success if: IU finishes ninth or better. The Big Ten is incredibly even, but it's also pretty good. The Hoosiers will have to pull off a or like shocker to finish out of the bottom rung.

Key game: Nov. 23 at . The Hoosiers have to make strides their first year under DiNardo and a win over their rival would be a big boost for 2003.

2001 Fun Stats: 

  • Rushing touchdowns: IU 33 - Opponents 18
  • Despite running the ball 541 times, IU only fumbled the ball 16 times losing 7 of them.
  • IU only allowed nine sacks last year.

    Final Thoughts: It's not quite as dire in Bloomington as things look, but this is a team that won on the talents of Randle El and RB last year and don't have any skill players near that level. With the potential transfer of RB the Hoosiers now really need a dependable ball carrier. You can still win in the Big Ten with a power running attack and although the Hoosier have the players to run it, it'll be interesting to see how well the offense does with the new philosophy. There aren't any gimmes on the D-I part of the schedule and if IU doesn't take to the new schemes in a hurry, this could be a really long season.  

    Indiana Offense Preview | Indiana Defense Preview

    Ten Best Players
    1. OT , Sr.
    2. OT , Sr.
    3. LB , Soph.
    4. DE/DT , Sr.
    5. OG , Jr.
    6. FS , Sr.
    7. WR , Jr.
    8. SS , Sr.
    9. RB , RFr.
    10. QB , Sr.

    2002 Recruits

    Star of the class
    John Kerr LB 6'0'' 240 Cleveland, (St. Ignatius)
    14th ranked high school team (won State Championship)
    Led team with 199 tackles, 12 sacks ... 4.54 40-yard dash ... All-State Cuyahoga Player-of-the-Year ... Defensive Player-of-the-Year ...2x All-State ... Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American ... Played in North/South All-Star game ... All-Midwest Region by Prep Star ... Played 3 years of baseball ... Same high school as current Hoosier

    Instant Impact Players
    Bo Greer DT 6'3'' 295 Princeton, Ind. (Princeton)
    Russ Richardson DT 6'0'' 265 Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Christian)

    Other 2002 Recruits
    Tyson Beattie P 6'0" 170 Australia Jerohn Fields QB 6'1" 185 Chicago, Ill. (Morgan)
    Justin Frye DE 6'6'' 250 Elwood, Ind. (Elwood)
    Jahkeen Gilmore WR 6'1'' 185 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep)
    Troy Grosfield K 5'11'' 175 Denver, Colo. (Chatfield)
    Steve Gunter WR 5'11'' 165 Warrensville Heights, (Warrensville)
    Adam Hines OL 6'4'' 270 Vandalia, (Butler)
    Kenny Kendal DE 6'4'' 220 Chicago, Ill. (Gordon Tech)
    Kyle Killion LB 6'2'' 210 Kingwood, (Kingwood)
    Marlin Lynch RB 6'0'' 240 Detroit, Mich. (Deporres)
    Graeme McFarland QB 6'2'' 195 Birmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook)
    Sean Miller RB 5'10'' 200 Solon, (Solon)
    John Pannozzo RB 5'11'' 215 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep)
    Tyke Spencer WR 5'11'' 180 Naperville, Ill. (Naperville Central)
    Chris Taylor RB 6'0'' 190 , Tenn. (Cordova)
    Adam Tingle OL 6'2'' 300 , Ky. (Ballard)
    Julius Ware DB 5'11'' 180 Bradenton, Fla. (Southeast)
    Allen Webb QB 6'3'' 210 Denver, Colo. (Chatfield)

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