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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Looking back: Indiana football 2009

Right now I’m in a bit of a holding pattern between internship gigs so I thought I’d take a look back at some of my stuff from last year’s Indiana football season. (Today is also apparently IU’s football media day, which is great timing.) Last season was my first shooting IU football full time. IU is definitely not known for it’s football program, but it made for an interesting fall semester as I embarked on a few road trips with the football writers to cover the team, including a 13-hour drive to Charlottesville, Virginia to see the team lose 47-7.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell walks off the field after failing to pick up a first down during a football game against Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. IU lost 47-7.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell walks off the field after failing to pick up a first down during a football game against Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. IU lost 47-7.

IU coach Bill Lynch argues with an official during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

IU coach Bill Lynch argues with an official during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

IU football coach Bill Lynch shows the media the Hall of Champions, a room in the north end zone addition, during IU football media day on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

IU football coach Bill Lynch shows the media the Hall of Champions, a room in the north end zone addition, during IU football media day on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

Flanked by freshmen football players, IU football coach Bill Lynch talks to students during Traditions and Spirit of IU on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Assembly Hall.

Flanked by freshmen football players, IU football coach Bill Lynch talks to students during Traditions and Spirit of IU on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Assembly Hall.

Eastern Kentucky quarterback Cody Watts, left, tries to avoid IU's Greg Middleton during a game against Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. Watts fumbled the ball in the end zone on the play, resulting in a safety.

Eastern Kentucky quarterback Cody Watts, left, tries to avoid IU's Greg Middleton during a game against Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. Watts fumbled the ball in the end zone on the play, resulting in a safety.

IU cornerback Ray Fisher bows his head in prayer before the start of a game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

IU cornerback Ray Fisher bows his head in prayer before the start of a game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

IU running back Darius Willis dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU lost 36-33.

IU running back Darius Willis dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU lost 36-33.

IU safety Austin Thomas, No. 20, watches as a possible interception goes through his hands during a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU lost 36-33.

IU safety Austin Thomas, No. 20, watches as a possible interception goes through his hands during a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU lost 36-33.

Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh drags down IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher from behind during a football game on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh drags down IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher from behind during a football game on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell makes a throw during a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Chappell was 21 of 38 with one interception. IU lost 36-33.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell makes a throw during a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Chappell was 21 of 38 with one interception. IU lost 36-33.

IU running back Darius Willis breaks away from Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs for a 85-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a football game on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor. IU lost 36-33.

IU running back Darius Willis breaks away from Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs for a 85-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a football game on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor. IU lost 36-33.

IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher, left, struggles for the ball with Michigan's Donovan Warren during the fourth quarter of a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Warren came up with the ball, and a review confirmed the officials' call. IU lost 36-33.

IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher, left, struggles for the ball with Michigan's Donovan Warren during the fourth quarter of a football game against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Warren came up with the ball, and a review confirmed the officials' call. IU lost 36-33.

Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling puts a hit on IU quarterback Ben Chappell during the first half of a football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling puts a hit on IU quarterback Ben Chappell during the first half of a football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher tumbles to the ground with the ball after a tackle by Illinois cornerback Walter Aikens during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. IU won 27-14.

IU wide receiver Damarlo Belcher tumbles to the ground with the ball after a tackle by Illinois cornerback Walter Aikens during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. IU won 27-14.

IU defensive end Jammie Kirlew (57) struggles in an attempt to sack Illinois quarterback Juice Williams during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen (71) was called for holding on the play.

IU defensive end Jammie Kirlew (57) struggles in an attempt to sack Illinois quarterback Juice Williams during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen (71) was called for holding on the play.

The American Flag is reflected off the helmet of a member of the color guard before a football game between IU and Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

The American Flag is reflected off the helmet of a member of the color guard before a football game between IU and Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

IU linebacker Tyler Replogle (46) pushes Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi to the ground for a sack during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

IU linebacker Tyler Replogle (46) pushes Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi to the ground for a sack during a football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Members of the IU Marching Hundred stand on field before a football game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

Members of the IU Marching Hundred stand on field before a football game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

Wisconsin cornerback Jay Valai (2) drags down IU wide receiver Tandon Doss during a football game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

Wisconsin cornerback Jay Valai (2) drags down IU wide receiver Tandon Doss during a football game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell (4) fumbles the ball in the red zone during a game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. An IU player recovered the fumble.

IU quarterback Ben Chappell (4) fumbles the ball in the red zone during a game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. An IU player recovered the fumble.

IU cornerback Adrian Burks tackles Purdue wide receiver Aaron Valentin after a catch during a game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

IU cornerback Adrian Burks tackles Purdue wide receiver Aaron Valentin after a catch during a game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

IU wide receivers coach Billy Lynch puts his head down on the sidelines in the closing minutes of a 31-28 loss to No. 24 Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

IU wide receivers coach Billy Lynch puts his head down on the sidelines in the closing minutes of a 31-28 loss to No. 24 Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

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