Indiana Hoosiers (5-2) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-3)
Coach: Tom Allen
Indiana Players to watch
*Junior WR Whop Philyor (5-11/172)
Through six games, Philyor has 41 catches, 553 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He’s second in the Big Ten in receptions, yards and yards per game, and first in receptions per game. He has become Michael Penix’s favorite target, because he has become a near-complete college wide receiver.
*Junior DT Jerome Johnson (6-3/290)
Up front, junior defensive tackle Jerome Johnson (Bassfield, Miss. ) was the Hoosiers’ leader in sacks with 3.5 as a sophomore. In 2018, he also earned the team’s Chris Dal Sasso Award (Outstanding Lineman) and was given IU’s Terry P. Cole Award (Old Oaken Bucket Game MVP). So far, in 2019, he’s got 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks.
Senior WLB Reakwon Jones (6-2/237)
Jones picked up a loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown last week vs Rutgers. He’s currently tied for the team lead in tackles with 21. As a junior, Jones tallied 36 tackles, 24 solo, 4.5 for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
***rFreshman QB Michael Penix (6-3/206)
Indiana coach Tom Allen delivered some positive news on starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. on Thursday. He said the redshirt freshman, who missed nearly three quarters of the Maryland game with an undisclosed injury, has been able to practice this week. Penix is still a game-time decision. If Penix isn’t able to play, the reins of the offense will return to Peyton Ramsey, who started the OSU and UConn contests and helped the Hoosiers to a 34-28 win over Maryland.
Coach: Scott Frost
Nebraska Players to watch:
*Junior RB Dedrick Mills (5-11/220)
Mills leads Nebraska and ranks 13th nationally with seven rushing touchdowns, while totaling 350 rushing yards entering the Indiana game. Mills had experience at the FBS level as a freshman at Georgia Tech and in the junior college ranks at Garden City Community College before arriving at Nebraska. In 2018 at Garden City, Mills rushed for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games.
*Junior OLB JoJo Domann (6-1/230)
Domann has played extensively in every game this season, recording 29 tackles, a team-best eight TFLs, 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups. Off the field, Domann has been equally successful, being named an Academic All-American in 2017; and selected to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018, 2019).
Senior OLB Alex Davis (6-5/255)
Alex Davis has started every game this season at outside linebacker. He had a productive start to his senior season, finishing with one tackle, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry against South Alabama. He scored the game’s final touchdown with a fumble recovery in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
**Sophomore QB Adrian Martinez (6-2/220)
Martinez missed the last game with a left knee injury (sustained on Oct. 5), and it is unclear if he will be able to suit up Saturday versus Indiana. UCF transfer Noah Vedral, Nebraska’s no. 2 QB, took a hit to the knee Oct. 12 vs Minnesota. If neither Martinez nor Vedral can go, Nebraska would likely go to freshman Luke McCaffrey. Martinez is currently the team’s second leading rusher.
Memorial Stadium – FieldTurf
Oct. 26 | Lincoln, Nebraska