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INDIANA HOOSIERS
Matt Dollinger
August 13, 2010
After another disappointing season, it's time for the Hoosiers to turn the close losses into big wins. The solution is obvious: Finish
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August 13, 2010

Indiana Hoosiers

After another disappointing season, it's time for the Hoosiers to turn the close losses into big wins. The solution is obvious: Finish

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OFFENSE

QB

BEN CHAPPELL*

DUSTY KIEL

RB

DARIUS WILLIS*

TREA BURGESS

WR

TERRANCE TURNER*

TYLER ADETONA

WR

DAMARLO BELCHER*

DUWYCE WILSON

WR

TANDON DOSS*

JAMONNE CHESTER

TE

MAX DEDMOND

BRAD MARTIN

LT

ANDREW MCDONALD

JOSH HAGER

LG

JUSTIN PAGÁN*

AARON PRICE

C

WILL MATTE*

JORDAN MARQUETTE

RG

CODY FAULKNER

MARC DAMISCH

RT

JAMES BREWER*

COLIN RODKEY

DEFENSE

DE

DARIUS JOHNSON

TERRANCE THOMAS

DT

LARRY BLACK JR.*

NICHOLAS SLIGER

DT

ADAM REPLOGLE*

MICK MENTZER

DE

FRED JONES

DEONTE MACK

LB

CHAD SHERER

DAMON SIMS

LB

JEFF THOMAS

LEON BECKUM

LB

TYLER REPLOGLE*

JAMIE LUKASZEWSKI

CB

MATT ERNEST

ADRIAN BURKS

FS

CHRIS ADKINS

DONNELL JONES*

SS

MITCHELL EVANS

JARRELL DRANE

CB

LAWRENCE BARNETT

RICHARD COUNCIL

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

NICK FREELAND*

MITCH EWALD

P

CHRIS HAGERUP*

ADAM PINES

KR-PR

TANDON DOSS

TANDON DOSS

*Returning starter

INDIANA IS A TEAM THAT STRUGGLES TO FINISH WHAT IT STARTS. The Hoosiers haven't lost a season opener since 2003, yet six of their last seven seasons have ended with a losing streak of three games or more. Indiana led in nine games in 2009 but managed to win only four of them. And it was at its worst in the fourth quarter of conference games—getting outscored 95-59.

It's a reputation the team is desperate to lose. While poring over tape from last season, coach Bill Lynch looked at specific downs from every game and determined that there were "about 12 plays that kept us from making a pretty good bowl game." But instead of reaching their second postseason appearance in three years, the Hoosiers finished a disappointing 4-8 and were left wondering what they can do to avoid late-game collapses. "[Our problem] wasn't officials' calls or an injury here or there," Lynch says. "It came down to making plays."

The answer: Finish. This season that word is stamped on the back of the players' T-shirts (literally) and pounded into the back of their brains. "I've watched those plays a lot—a lot," says senior quarterback Ben Chappell, who threw for 2,941 yards and 17 touchdowns in '09. "You think about it, but you try not to think about it every day."

As simple as Indiana's problem sounds, it's complicated to solve. How do you teach a team to play better at the end of games? Lynch is focusing on three ways: conditioning, mental preparation and play-calling. In addition to ramping up off-season workouts and film study, the coaches have implemented a 3-4 defense in hopes of keeping players fresh and giving opponents confusing looks. They also plan on using sophomore running back Darius Willis (123 attempts, 607 rushing yards) to balance out an aerial attack they relied upon too heavily—the Hoosiers had 2,975 receiving yards versus 1,405 yards on the ground last season.

Now in his fourth year as coach at Indiana, Lynch says he is tired of making excuses. A 4-8 season was a step in the wrong direction. This year the Hoosiers—and Lynch—can't afford to take another step back.

THE VITALS

COACH Bill Lynch (4th year)

14-23 (5-19 in Big Ten)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Matt Canada

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