Three Named CollegeFootballNews.com All-Americans
Dec. 14, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana football team have picked up All-America laurels from CollegeFootballNews.com. Defensive end Greg Middleton was a first team selection, while wide receiver James Hardy found himself on the third team. Placekicker Austin Starr received honorable mention from the website.
Middleton, who was selected as a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, also picked up All-America distinction from the Associate Press, The Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com and Rivals.com. He also became the first IU defensive lineman since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997 to earn first team All-Big Ten honors.
With his 2.5 sacks against Purdue on November 17, Middleton set a new single-season school record with 16 and currently leads the nation. He eclipsed the previous mark of 14 set by Van Waiters back in 1987. The total also tied for fourth place in a Big Ten single season.
Hardy, who was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinals, an Associated Press, SI.com and Rivals.com All-American, and a first team All-Big Ten selection, shattered career and single-season receiving marks in 2007. Hardy is the Hoosiers' all-time receiving leader in touchdowns (36), yards (2,690) and receptions (186). He is the only wide receiver in Indiana history to surpass 2,500 career yards, 175 career receptions and 35 career touchdowns.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native completed the 2007 regular season with 1,075 yards, 16 touchdowns (second nationally), 74 receptions, 89.6 yards per game and 14.5 yards per grab. Hardy set new single-season school records in touchdowns and receptions while finishing second in yards and becoming just the fourth Hoosier to reach the 1,000-yard mark. He caught a TD in 11 of 12 games, which is a school record, and finished tied for third on the Big Ten's single-season list with his 16 TDs.
Starr, who also picked up All-America honors from the Associated Press and SI.com and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, gave the Hoosiers their first victory in the Old Oaken Bucket Game since 2001 when he connected on the game-winning field goal from 49 yards out with 30 seconds remaining. The kick gave Indiana a 27-24 victory and sent the crowd of 50,741 fans - the first sellout at Memorial Stadium for the Bucket Game since 1989 - into a frenzy. Starr also added a 42-yarder in the second quarter and hit all three of his extra-point attempts.
The Logansport, Ind., native matched his career long, picked up the third game-winning kick of his career and his first of the season. He finished the game hitting two field goals to set a new school record with his 19th field goal of the season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich's 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.