That's because, despite playing behind a line that was one of the worst in the Big Ten and for a team that won just two games, the Louisiana native still managed to rush to close to 1,000 yards last season.
And made a name for himself in the process.
The 5-foot-11, 220 pound Green-Ellis is a stocky, powerful runner, who had some of his best games last season against some of the best defenses in the Big Ten conference. Purdue got shredded as he ran up 155 yards on 35 carries in the Hoosiers season finale and although the Penn State defense wasn't reminiscent of years past, the human vowel ran for 203 yards in Happy Valley, becoming only the third freshman to run for over 200 yards in a single game.
The return of 10 starters on offense, including the entire offensive line, has helped Indiana not lose a beat, or a game for that matter in jumping out to a 2-0 start. In last week's upset win over #24 Oregon, the Hoosiers ran for 127 yards on 53 carries. New offensive coordinator Steve Addazio's game-plan has been fairly simple – run the ball at all costs and give it to the work horses.
The result? A 2-0 start for the first time since 1996.
The main reason why the Hoosiers have equaled last year's win total is not so much their new offensive schemes but the play of veteran quarterback Matt LoVecchio. Three years removed from his famed transfer from Notre Dame, the 6-3, 216-pound LoVecchio is not going to be relied upon heavily in the new offense, but will be counted on to keep the defense off the field and to not make mistakes. Last week, the senior gunslinger only threw 18 times and completed just six passes for 70 yards.
Big-play receiver Courtney Roby will be LoVecchio's primary target downfield, as the Hoosiers hope he can use his sprinter-like speed to separate himself from defenders early. In the Oregon game a week ago, Roby caught 75% of the teams' passes, catching 4 balls for 60 yards.
Defensively, the strength of the Indiana defense is the front seven. The entire starting defensive line and linebacking corps has returned giving the Hoosiers an experienced group that has been error free of late. Last week against the Ducks, the defense managed to save the game and the offense, totaling a whopping 7 turnovers.
The mistakes made in the Oregon game were a testament to the defensive front, where Senior DT Jodie Clemons has become one of the best pass rushers in the country. His six sacks from ‘03 are proof of his ability to not only collapse the pocket, but cause havoc in the process. His defensive line had over 12 hurries in the game against the Ducks.
The linebacker unit is led by junior Kyle Killion, who led the team with 97 tackles last year. Senior Josh Moore is a solid number two guy alongside the star, recording 68 tackles while battling injuries a year ago. The much maligned secondary of the Hoosiers, which were torched for one big play after another last season, has been much improved this season. Sophomore Cedric Henry emerged as one of the unit's more talented corners as a rookie last year, but the cupboard is pretty much bare after him. Indiana will feature a group of young puppies that have plenty of athleticism and speed, but lack experience.
Senior safety Herana Daze-Jones is a converted linebacker that has been asked to play both the run and the pass from his spot this year.
The outlook on the game is quite simple. If the Wildcats can somehow manage to find some offense, they should be able to handle Indiana quite easily. Despite the upset victory and gaudy 2-0 record, Indiana is still Indiana, which means they will be one of the slowest teams UK will face all year. With that said, offensively the Hoosiers are about as predictable as an episode of Full House and should not offer a serious challenge to UK's talented defensive unit. If Archer and company give up more then 200 yards of total offense, it should come as a shock to Wildcat fans.
Defensively, the Hoosiers are extremely thin in the secondary and that should open up a little more opportunities for Shane Boyd and the offense. With a full week off to prepare and a season perhaps on the line, the Cats will be prepared and ready for the Indiana defensive scheme and should find some offense quickly.