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December 2, 2013

Seven Hoosiers collect All-B1G recognition

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior wide receiver Cody Latimer and fifth-year senior kicker Mitch Ewald collected second team All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Monday evening. Five additional Hoosiers received honorable mention recognition.

IU has 16 All-Big Ten honorees over the last two seasons, the program's highest two-year total since 18 combined in 2000 (6) and 2001 (12).

Latimer earned second team accolades from the conference media for the second straight year and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches. Ewald was recognized as a second-teamer by the coaches and was an honorable mention choice by the media.

Junior cornerback Tim Bennett (media), fifth-year senior tight end Ted Bolser (coaches and media), sophomore running back Tevin Coleman (coaches and media), junior center Collin Rahrig (media) and sophomore left tackle Jason Spriggs (coaches and media) were honorable mention.

Additionally, fifth-year senior safety Greg Heban was named Indiana's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.

Latimer became the fifth Hoosier to surpass 1,000 yards in a season and his total of 1,096 ranks third all-time at IU. His 72 receptions are fourth and his nine scores are ninth.

On the Hoosiers career lists, Latimer's 135 catches and 2,152 yards are seventh, and his 17 touchdowns are tied for fifth. The Dayton, Ohio, native recorded five 100-yard games in 2013, which is tied for third in a single season, and owns seven in his career, which is tied for fourth.

Latimer finished third in the Big Ten in yards (23rd nationally), tied for third in TDs (T-25th) and fourth in receptions (T-32nd).

Ewald set a single-season program mark with 56 extra points. He finished the year 56-of-56 on PATs and 9-of-11 from field goal range for 83 total points, which ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart.

The Naperville, Ill., native closed out his career as the Hoosiers all-time field goals, field goal percentage, extra points and total points (kickers) leader. He hit 53-of-66 field goals (80.3 percent) and 161-of-162 PATs (99.4 percent) for 320 points.

Bennett led the country with 20 pass breakups and 21 passes defended, and he paced all Big Ten defensive backs with 61 solo tackles. He was fourth on the team with 73 stops to go along with one interception, the 20 PBUs, 3.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.

Bolser became Indiana's all-time tight ends leader with 116 receptions, 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns, which is tied for seventh on the school's career list. One of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, Bolser ended 2013 tied for fifth among tight ends nationally with six scores to go along with 35 catches and 320 yards.

Coleman completed the year third in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (141.7, 23rd nationally), scoring per game (8.0) and yards per carry (7.3, 14th), tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns (12, T-26th), fifth in rushing yards per game (106.4, 23rd) and tied for fifth in total TDs (12). He was T-3rd nationally in 60-plus yard rushing plays (3), T-2nd in 50-plus yarders (5), T-1st in 40-plus yarders (8), T-3rd in 30-plus yarders (9) and T-9th in 20-plus yarders (14).

On the season, Coleman posted 958 rushing yards on 131 carries, the 12 touchdowns, 1,275 all-purpose yards, 19 receptions for 193 yards and 124 yards on six kick returns. His 958 rushing yards are the most for an Indiana running back since Levron Williams (1,401) in 2001.

Rahrig was the anchor on an offensive line that used six different starting lineups and nine different starters. He started 10 times at center this season. Spriggs has started all 24 games at left tackle since he arrived in Bloomington last season. He allowed just one sack in 2013 and has surrendered just three in his career.

The duo helped the Hoosiers set single-season program 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 led the Big Ten with 306.7 passing yards per game and rushed for over 200 yards per game (201.8) for the first time since 2001.


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