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December 9, 2013
Eight Hoosiers receive BTN.com freshman honors
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eight Indiana football freshmen were recognized by BTN's Tom Dienhart on Monday afternoon. Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey earned a spot on BTN.com's Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Safety Antonio Allen, defensive tackles Ralphael Green and Darius Latham, linebackers Clyde Newton, Marcus Oliver and T.J. Simmons, and center Wes Rogers were honorable mention selections.
Bailey started at right guard three times and played in six games this season. In his three starts, IU averaged 46.0 points, 572.7 total yards, 319.3 passing yards and 253.3 rushing yards per contest.
The Hoosiers offense set single-season records with 6,102 total yards, 508.5 total yards per game, 461 points, 38.4 points per game, 36 passing touchdowns, 62 total touchdowns and 300 first downs. Indiana averaged over 300 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same season for the first time in school history.
IU's offensive line did not allow a sack in six games and surrendered just one sack every 26.1 pass attempts, which ranks third in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are one of 10 teams in nation to rank in the top 35 in total, passing, scoring and rushing offense.
Allen made 35 tackles, 24 solo, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery in seven games. The true freshman played in the first seven contests and earned his first start at Michigan.
Green started nine times and played in all 12 games. He had 25 tackles, one sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and a pair of blocked field goals.
After his performance at No. 3 Ohio State, he earned Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Green recorded his first career sack and forced fumble, and he added career-highs with two tackles for loss and four solo stops.
Latham played in all 12 games this year. The true freshman had 22 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups.
Newton came on strong at the end of 2013, earning his first starts at weak-side linebacker against Illinois, at No. 15 Wisconsin and at No. 3 Ohio State. He set a season-high with nine solos and 11 overall tackles vs. the Fighting Illini.
The following week he posted a team season-best 14 stops, seven solo, with a half-sack and one tackle for loss in Madison. On the season, the true freshman appeared in all 12 games and carded 32 tackles, 19 solo, with the half-sack and TFL.
Oliver saw action in 11 games and recorded 37 tackles, 21 solo, 2.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. The true freshman finished second on the team and tied for eighth in the Big Ten with his two forced fumbles.
Simmons became the first Hoosier to start at middle linebacker as a true freshman since John Kerr in 2002. He started all 12 games and is the Big Ten's leading freshman tackler with 5.8 per game.
The Lakeland, Fla., native was fifth on the team with 68 tackles, 42 solos and 3.5 stops for loss to go along with one sack and two pass breakups. He recorded at least seven tackles six times.
Rogers, who played in five games, made his first career start in the team's 52-35 win over Illinois and once again the following weekend at No. 15 Wisconsin. Indiana's 52 points tied the fourth-most in school history against a Big Ten opponent and tied the second-most ever against a conference opponent at Memorial Stadium.