QB And Indiana Are Good Fit

If the Gophers want to find their first Big Ten victory of the season, they will have to stop an unlikely quarterback who chose an unlikely school.

Indiana was one of the few schools to give Kellen Lewis the chance to play quarterback. It turned out to be the best decision for both sides.

Lewis, from Jacksonville, Fla., was being recruited mostly as a receiver and cornerback. When the recruiting process started, he wasn't even sure of Indiana's location.

"I thought it was a little bit closer to Nebraska," he told the Indiana Daily Student. "I knew of the Big Ten and Michigan and Ohio State, but I hadn't heard of too many marquee players from Indiana."

Now a sophomore, Lewis has become an Indiana marquee player. He was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in 37 career starts, after leading the Hoosiers to an impressive 38-20 win at Iowa.

As Indiana prepares to host Minnesota — the only Big Ten team with one victory — the Hoosiers are dreaming of bowl games and transforming into a legitimate Big Ten threat. As a starter, Lewis is 7-7 — remarkable considering the lowly depths the program reached.

"(Lewis) had confidence he was a quarterback, and given the opportunity, he could do it," coach Bill Lynch said. "We were fortunate enough to get him up here for a visit and convince him to come up here and play quarterback."

NOTES

  • CB Tracy Porter is tied for the Big Ten lead (with Iowa's Charles Godfrey) and ranks 19th in the country with three interceptions.

  • QB Kellen Lewis this week won his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award this season through only five games.


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