TB Lou Allen - IU fans are familiar with first-string tailback Terry Caulley, the Huskies' all-time leading rusher who ran for 166 yards when these two teams met in 2003. Caulley is expected to start this weekend, but the IU defense will likely get to see plenty of the 6-1, 234-pound Allen as well.
As Caulley's back-up, Allen has carried 23 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the season's first two weeks. His role might expand this weekend, depending on Caulley, who is trying to bounce back from an abdominal injury that forced him to exit last week's Wake Forest contest in the fourth quarter. While the injury didn't prove to be as serious as the coaching staff originally thought, Caulley's role could be scaled back a bit this weekend if he's not 100 percent. That means Allen (57.0 yards/game) and third-stringer Donald Brown (70.5 yards/game) could get more touches.
Allen is easily the biggest of the bunch with his 234-pound frame. As a redshirt freshman in 2005 he split time between tailback and fullback, but he's settled in as the team's second-string tailback this season.
QB D.J. Hernandez - Indiana fans remember Caulley well, and they also recall the play of quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Huskies' 34-10 win. While Caulley is back, Orlovsky has departed, being replaced by sophomore D.J. Hernandez under center.
Hernandez is a dual-threat quarterback. He's completed 27-of-45 throws for 346 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions this season, and he's also run 20 times as well. He hasn't put up the rushing totals that he did a year ago – 285 yards while playing in seven games, including just two starts – but the Hoosier defense will have to be very aware of his running ability if he gets outside the pocket.
OLB Donta Moore - Before the season started, Moore was locked in a hotly-contested battle with Justin DeRubertis for the starting job. But the 6-0, 213-pound junior has since taken command of the spot, leading the Huskies with 21 tackles in their first two games, including a team-best 7 ½ tackles for loss. That includes a 12-tackle, 6 ½ tackle for loss effort in last week's 24-13 loss to Wake Forest.
A Tampa, Fla., product, Moore spent his first two seasons in the secondary as a safety but made the move to linebacker in the off-season. He brings sideline-to-sideline speed to the Huskies' linebacking corps, and his experience in the secondary makes him a good fit against an Indiana team that will often line up with four wide receivers on the field.
DT Rhema Fuller - The 6-3, 285-pound defensive tackle is the anchor of a defensive unit that surrendered only 202 yards to Wake Forest. One of four team captains, Fuller has six tackles on the season, including two tackles for loss, a sack, and one fumble recovery.
Fuller won't put up the sort of numbers that Moore will this weekend, but he's a third-year starter who earned second-team All-Big East honors a year ago. He's been a mainstay on Coach Randy Edsall's defensive units that have led the Big East in total defense in each of the past two seasons and ranked No. 7 nationally in the category a year ago.
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On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction
On Saturday – Hoosier Gameday
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