Tremayne Dameron, RB – despite the plethora of lopsided results a season ago, Towson was still a run-first offense. Towson ran it 381 times compared to 308 throws, and more often than not their choice was to give it to Dameron. As a redshirt freshman in 2009 Dameron started eight of 11 games and carried 177 times for 588 yards and eight touchdowns. He's expected to be a very big part of the Tigers' plans this fall. At 5'11" and 185 pounds he's be a big physical runner, and his 3.3 yards/carry average was hardly anything to celebrate a season ago. But before Indiana can force Towson to the air on Thursday night, it will first have to bottle up Dameron and the Tigers' ground game.
Yaky Ibia, DT – The 6'2", 295-pound Ibia is a third-year starter who is expected to anchor the Tigers' defense. As a junior Ibia totaled 52 tackles, 11 ½ tackles for loss and 2 ½ sacks, earning him recognition this fall as an preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association pick. Ibia is quick off the snap and figures to pose a solid test for Will Matte, Marc Damisch, Aaron Price and the rest of the interior offensive linemen. His 52 tackles were among the most of any CAA defensive linemen a season ago, and it will be interesting to see how well IU is able to neutralize him. While Darius Willis and Nick Turner can do plenty of damage running outside, the Hoosiers also want to be able to run between the tackles as well and show they're able to convert third and shorts. To do that IU will have to be able to keep Ibia from creating to much havoc.
Bart Blanchard, QB – There's been no word from the Towson camp yet who will be under center for Thursday's season opener. But when one considers just how bad Towson was at the quarterback position a year ago – FCS-worst 27 interceptions – one would have to think that Blanchard is going to have every chance to be the choice for Coach Rob Ambrose's team. Blanchard transferred to Towson in the off-season after exhausting his first three seasons of eligibility at The Citadel. There, Blanchard started 19 games during those three seasons, completing 369-of-608 throws for 4,238 yards and 38 touchdowns. According to reports he's been solid throughout fall camp as he picks up Ambrose's offense. He's been competing with three other quarterbacks for the starting job, but his track record would have to give him the inside track in being the choice Thursday night.
Duwyce Wilson, WR – Indiana fans know who Wilson is, but on Thursday most will be getting their first look at IU's prized recruit in the 2009 class. Wilson redshirted last fall, but is expected to play a very big role for the Hoosier aerial attack this season. He could very well be in the starting line-up on Thursday thanks to the likely absence of Tandon Doss due to a stomach muscle injury. Wilson is a rangy wideout at 6'3" who has great speed and will prove to be a big-play threat in the passing game. He's going to be a big piece of IU's passing game puzzle this fall, but he might have a huge debut on Thursday thanks to some added playing time with Doss sidelined.
On Sunday – Five Numbers to Note
On Monday – Four Names to Know
On Tuesday – Three Big Concerns
On Wednesday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – One Bold Prediction
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