CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Four Days and Counting

Fresh off a two-point win over a top-25 team, Indiana is looking to extend its win streak to two games. Bill Lynch's team will have its hands full, though, with a Central Michigan team that is 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the MAC. HoosierNation.com continues its day-by-day preview of this weekend's match-up with "Four Names to Know"…

Dan LeFevour, QBBall State's Nate Davis is the Mid-America Conference quarterback whose attracted most of the national attention thanks to the Cardinals' 8-0 start, but the 6-3, 228-pound LeFevour is another elite signal caller who could have an NFL future. LeFevour isn't putting up the same sort of numbers as he did a year ago when he rushed for 1,122 yards and threw for 3,652 yards and accounted for 46 touchdowns, becoming only the second player in Bowl Subdivision history to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season (Texas' Vince Young). But LeFevour still the heart and soul of the Chippewa offense. He has completed 152-of-228 passes for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he's rushed for a team-high 329 yards and three more scores. His clutch play is a big reason why Central Michigan is a perfect 5-0 in the MAC, with all of those victories coming by 10 points or less.

Frank Zombo, DE - Central Michigan has had its issues slowing down opposing offenses, but it hasn't been Zombo's fault. This 6-4, 260-pound defensive end ranks fourth nationally with 12 ½ tackles for loss and eighth with 7 ½ sacks. He's already exceeded his sophomore season totals of 10 ½ tackles for loss and seven sacks, and he'll be a major concern for the Hoosiers' banged up offensive line. In last week's 21-19 win over Northwestern, IU lost a pair of left tackles to injury in Rodger Saffold and James Brewer. There has been no update on either players' availability for Saturday, so it remains unclear who will have the assignment of trying to keep Zombo out of the IU backfield.

Antonio Brown, WR/PR – Brown became the second straight Chippewa to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors last season, following in the footsteps of his quarterback, Dan LeFevour. Brown caught a school record 102 passes for 1,0003 yards and six touchdowns. That earned him second-team All-MAC honors in 2007, but it was as a return man that he was most dangerous. Brown averaged 10.9 yards/punt return and 26.2 yards/kickoff return, including one touchdown. He was named to the first team All-MAC, for his return abilities, and his season total of 2,267 all-purpose yards established a new freshman record in the Mid-America Conference. Brown has picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the Chippewas with 53 receptions and leading the nation with a 24.4 average on punt returns. Brown has now accounted for a touchdown in five different ways in his career – TD reception, TD pass, TD run, TD punt return, TD kickoff return.

Andrew Hartline, OT – Hartline is a fourth-year starter who has started 46 consecutive games on the Chippewas' offensive line, tying him with Georgia Tech's Andrew Gardner and Houston's Cody Lubojasky for the longest current starting streaks in the country. The 6-5, 288-pounder spent his first two seasons starting at right tackle, and then moved over to left tackle in 2007 to replace first-round NFL Draft pick Joe Staley. Hartline didn't disappoint a year ago, earning his second straight second-team All-MAC honor. He's the anchor of an offensive line that has given up only 14 sacks this season.

What's coming up:
On Monday - Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction


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