FS Joe Gonzalez

2002 Statistics

Coach: Gerry DiNardo
3-9, 1 year
2002 Record: 3-9
at Utah LOST 13-40
at Kentucky LOST 17-27
at Ohio State LOST 17-45
at Illinois LOST 14-45
at Northwestern LOST 37-41
at Purdue LOST 10-34

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

It's a process. That's what Indiana fans and coaches and administrators are saying publicly, and telling themselves. Gerry DiNardo is entering his second year as the Hoosiers coach after coming off a 3-9 season, which included just one Big Ten victory, and getting back to respectability is a process.

But you can only have so many processes and five-year plans and, for that matter, coaching changes. Fortunately for the Hoosiers, this is the year they turn the corner if two pieces of the puzzle can fall into place.

If IU can improve its rush defense, say from sieve to slow leak, and if it can fill the inexperienced holes on the offensive line, a flirtation with .500 isn't out of the question. The potential is there, on both sides of the ball. But a battle with Northwestern for the ignominious 11th spot in the Big Ten is more likely.

Defensively, there's no place to go but up. Three of the four linemen return and all three starting linebackers are in the fold - but it was a group that finished last in the Big Ten and 113th out of 117 schools in the country in rush defense. The secondary put up better numbers, placing fourth in the conference and in the top third in the nation in pass defense - but three of the four starters graduated. All is not lost, however.

The Hoosiers plan a switch to a 4-2-5 alignment this season to help compensate, hoping the returners and the bulk up front can improve on the poor rush defense and allow the DBs time to get into the new system.

Offensively, optimism is at an all-time high. Last year, Indiana set school marks for passing yardage and for having a pair of 50-catch receivers. And that was WITHOUT quarterback Matt LoVecchio, the Notre Dame transfer who is eligible to play this fall.

Assuming LoVecchio plays to his potential, the onus then falls on the offensive line, where both tackles and the center must be replaced.

The schedule is rough, at least in the early going. Four of the first six games are on the road - at an improving UConn, at Washington, at Michigan and at Michigan State. If the Hoosiers can somehow pull off an upset among those four games and hold serve at home against Indiana State and Kentucky, they're 3-3 going into the second half of the season. Not a bad goal.

DiNardo remains upbeat and he's building loyalty in the program. Say this for DiNardo, too - he's winning back the state's high school football coaches that were once loyal to Bill Mallory but strayed during the Cam Cameron era. DiNardo vowed at his hiring that he would visit every football-playing prep school in the state of Indiana within his first two years as coach. Earlier this spring, he accomplished his goal. That's 311 schools done in basically what was a three-month window over the two years. Did it pay off? Well, 37 players from the state of Indiana signed Division I-A letters of intent in February, and seven went to Indiana. It's a start.

Projected 2003 record: 2-10
RB Brian Lewis
LB Kyle Killion
DE Kenny Kendal
QB - 3 DL - 2
RB - 1.5 LB - 2.5
WR - 3 DB - 2
OL - 1.5 ..

Passing: Glenn Johnson, 1-1-0, 26 yds., 0 TD

Rushing: Yamar Washington, 174 att., 688 yds., 9 TD

Receiving: Courtney Roby, 59 rec., 1039 yds., 4 TD

Scoring: Yamar Washington, 9 TD, 1 - two pt. conv., 56 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Bryan Robertson, 9-13 FG, 23-28 PAT, 50 pts.

Tackles: Herana-Daze Jones, 108 tot., 74 solo

Sacks: Herana-Daze Jones, 7.5 sacks

Interceptions: Damien Jones, 3 for 11 yds.

Kickoff returns: Courtney Roby, 11 ret., 20.6 avg.

Punt returns: Glenn Johnson, 25 ret., 6.5 avg.


WR Courtney Roby


OFFENSE: A.C. Myler-OL, Enoch DeMar-OL, Gibran Hamdan-QB
DEFENSE: Kris Dielman-DL, John Kerr-LB, Antonio Watson-CB, A.C. Carter-S, Ryan Hamre-P

written by Rich Thomaselli

LoVecchio will drive the bus, but it goes nowhere fast without a revamped offensive line that needs to open some holes.

LoVecchio leads a solid group of skill players. After sitting out his mandated season as a transfer, the former Notre Dame signal-caller enters the fall as just one of four returning quarterbacks who started in a BCS bowl game, that being the Fiesta Bowl loss to Oregon following the 2001 season. He decided to transfer after it became apparent last year that new coach Ty Willingham was going with Carlyle Holliday.

But DiNardo has made no promises here; sophomore Graeme McFarland will push LoVecchio. "They both have done some outstanding things since they have been on campus, and that translates into they both deserve a chance," DiNardo said.

But figure on the transfer winning the job. LoVecchio is a big, strong kid at 6-3, and has good mobility in the pocket and a sense of where the trouble is coming from. He'll need it. There is little, if any, returning experience on the line. Three of the five starters are gone. Now throw in OG Anthony Oakley, who was booted off the team this spring after failing a conditioning drill and whose return remains up in the air, and junior Chris Jahnke, who is learning a new position at right tackle after starting every game at center. Only RG Adam Hines, who started the last 10 games, will be back at his regular starting position. But as Hines is a strong run-blocker and if Jahnke gives IU at right tackle what he gave the program at center, the right side of the line becomes the launching point for the Hoosier offense.

And, really, it's not that bad an offense. Records were set through the air last year, and LoVecchio figures to improve upon those. WRs Courtney Roby and Glenn Johnson became the first IU receiving duo to each catch more than 50 passes in the same season. They are perfect complements to each other. What one lacks in size, the other has in speed. What one might lack in natural playmaking ability, the other compensates for with experience and smarts. LoVecchio should have fun here.

The backfield is good. Starters Brian Lewis and John Pannozzo not only make a solid duo, but Lewis will be spelled by sophomore Yamar Washington, who excelled when Lewis was out with an injury last year. And both Pannozzo and Washington are excellent receivers coming out of the backfield, giving IU even more options on offense.

But in the end, it will all come down to the patchwork offensive line.


OT Adam Hines


Returning Starters in bold
QB Matt LoVecchio-Jr Graeme McFarland-Fr
FB John Pannozzo-So Alex Stscherban-Fr
RB Brian Lewis-Sr Marlin Lynch-Fr
WR Courtney Roby-Jr Tyke Spencer-So
WR Glenn Johnson-Sr Jahkeem Gilmore-Fr
TE Aaron Halterman-Jr Matt O'Neal-Fr
OT Isaac Sowells-So Scott Anderson-Fr
OG Adam Hines-So Jacob Wagner-Jr
C Brandon Hatcher-So Chris Mangiero-Fr
OG Chris Jahnke-Jr Brandon Joyce-Fr
OT Justin Frye-Fr ..
K Bryan Robertson-Jr Adam Braucher-Sr



written by Rich Thomaselli

Senior? Senior? Anybody got a senior? Defensive coordinator Tim Kish has seven returning starters from last year's defense, but they're still fairly young and not a senior among them. Worse, stud linebacker John Kerr, who led the team in tackles last season, decided to transfer.

So Kish will have to make do with what's available. There is some speed, there is some strength and there is some experience. But it's just enough to get by in the non-conference and not enough to be a middle-of-the-pack contender in the Big Ten.

On the line, junior Jodie Clemons started all 12 games at one end and sophomore Victor Adeyanju started 10 games at the other end. Word has it that both made a serious commitment to the weight room during the spring as IU attempts to get bigger in order to improve its run defense. Junior Martin Lapostolle is a former linebacker who has been moved to defensive tackle in order to take advantage of his size and quickness off the ball. Nose tackle Russ Richardson played as a true freshman and should only improve, although, compared to his conference peers, he's a relative pup both in age and size, weighing in at only 251 pounds. The Michigans and Wisconsins and Ohio States have ballboys that big.

Since the Hoosiers are going to a 4-2-5 alignment, it should offset the transfer of Kerr. Junior Kevin Smith and sophomore Kyle Killion will man the two linebacker spots but, again, here's where the experience issue comes into play. Or lack thereof. Smith played in 11 games in 2002, Killion in seven, and they combined for only 56 tackles. To be fair, however, Smith was coming off a knee injury from 2001 campaign and Killion played hurt for most of the season. Still, there is little to no depth behind the duo - the top two backups are a redshirt freshman and a walk-on - and that could be a big problem. For the most part, the Big Ten remains a punishing ground conference. Last year, eight of the conference's 11 teams ranked in the top 59 nationally in rushing yardage. If the Hoosiers are counting on their LBs to be run-stoppers, they're going to have a long season.

The secondary should make up for some of that, however. Herana-Daze Jones was a small linebacker (5-11, 205) who is about to become a big, hard-hitting third safety in the 4-2-5 alignment. Along with fellow safeties Joe Gonzalez and Will Lumpkin, this should form the strength of the Hoosiers defense. Cornerback Damien Jones is quick and a good cover-man. He led the team with a modest three INTs. Sophomore Leonard Bryant is also a solid coverage guy on the other side of the field.


CB Damien Jones


Returning Starters in bold
DE Jodie Clemons-Jr Kenny Kendal-Fr
DT Martin Lapostolle-Jr Chris Beaty-Jr
NG Russ Richardson-So Adam Tingle-Fr
DE Victor Adeyanju-So Eli Radke-Jr
SLB Kevin Smith-Jr Andy Halterman-Fr
MLB Kyle Killion-So Randy Cate-Jr
ROV Herana-Daze Jones-Jr Luke Stone-Jr
CB Damien Jones-So Duane Stone-Sr
CB Leonard Bryant-So Buster Larkins-So
SS Will Lumpkin-So Luke Stone-Jr
FS Joe Gonzalez-Sr Ryan Skelton-Fr
P Tyson Beattie-Fr Bryan Robertson-Jr




Like the rest of the units, this one has its share of problems. Place kicker Bryan Robertson, a junior was 9-for-13 on field goal attempts. Sounds respectable, right? Well, not until you consider the fact that he has trouble with the chip shots. Robertson missed three of five FGs between 30 and 39 yards, as well as five PATs, though, to his credit, he banged six of seven 3-pointers from beyond 50 yards. Robertson will battle Adam Braucher, who suffered a knee injury last year that forced him to miss the entire campaign.

Tyson Beattie, a redshirt freshman from Australia, is the only punter on the roster who participated in spring drills. And punting was one of IU's few special teams bright spots last year under the since-graduated Ryan Hamre, who averaged 38.2 yards per kick. Beattie has a strong leg, though, and coaches are optimistic.

On the return side, Glenn Johnson runs well after the catch as a receiver but he netted only 6.5 yards per punt return, a figure that needs to be drastically improved. IU will take all the yardage it can get.


The main focus this spring was to improve the running game. They received an extremely encouraging display from senior Brian Lewis, who ran for 191 yards and 2 TDs on 28 carries. He will need to carry a bit more of the weight this year, now that his running mate, Yamar Washington will be out for the year with an MCL injury. Quickly inserted into his spot is redshirt freshman Marlin Lynch. Lynch may be the best-kept secret in the Big Ten and will give the Hoosiers the back end of a powerful 1-2 punch at tailback. He is a big, physical back, who can give the offense a great change of pace. Look for these two to combine for nearly 2,000 yards this season… QB Matt LoVecchio used this spring as a learning tool. Though he didn't play poorly, there were some mistakes he made that he chastised himself on. Count on him to get better as the season lengthens… A backup WR to keep an eye on is freshman Jahkeem Gilmore. Those close to the program give him high praise and are very excited for his addition to the duo of Roby and Johnson. He has good size and speed and will give them a great utility through the air. Lance Bennett (who only stands 5'5") is another one to watch. He had some eye-popping catches and showed great ability to run afterwards.

Defense took its hits here and there, but overall, had a satisfying performance. The strength comes in the front six and they are going to have to measure up in the rugged Big Ten (especially against the run) if they are to achieve high success this season. DE Kenny Kendal had a terrific spring and should contribute valuably in the front four. I would not be surprised if he gets the nod at DE, moving Jodie Clemons inside to DT… The secondary is an area that flashed its headlights onto the highway of progress this spring. Leonard Bryant (who has proved to be a hard hitter), Luke Stone and returning senior Joe Gonzalez are confirmed productive cogs in this five DB set the Hoosiers like to run. Coaches and players alike are very excited for Gonzalez's return. They admire not only his style of play, but maybe more importantly, his leadership… Kyle Killion has made a smooth transition to MLB and looks to benefit from the 4-2-5 system the Hoosiers will run this season. He and Kevin Smith should sit well in their respective slots. It's the lack of depth behind them that causes concern. Look for junior Jason Cartwright to be added to the LB mix when they go with three in the middle.

Tyson Beattie has been handling the punting duties during the spring and will likely get the nod. Ryan Hamre's status for 2003 is uncertain, but he will be in school. Hamre punted for the Hoosiers last year… Soph Chris Taylor has been the best KR and will likely be teamed with classmate Courtney Clency, one of the fastest guys on the team.