Chappell named Team MVP

Indiana senior quarterback Ben Chappell was named team MVP at the Hoosiers’ annual banquet on Sunday after leading the Big Ten with an IU school record 3,295 passing yards. He also threw for 24 touchdowns, completing a school record 302 passes.

The Hoosiers also got a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor to name the defensive line meeting room in memory of Bill Phillips, Sr. Phillips, the father of IU tight end Paul Phillips, died in a plane crash in Alaska earlier this season. The crash also claimed the life of Alaska senator Ted Stevens. The elder Phillips played football at Evansville.

The release from the banquet follows.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell earned the 2010 Anthony Thompson MVP Award at the team banquet on Sunday afternoon. The team’s seniors were also honored and 13 additional season-ending awards were presented at the Henke Hall of Champions.

Chappell completed 302-of-483 passes (62.5 percent) for 3,295 yards with 24 touchdowns, three rushing TDs, nine interceptions, 274.6 yards per game and a 132.5 passing efficiency this season. He set the school’s single-season completions, passing yardage and attempts records, and finished second in passing touchdowns, total offense (3,309) and completion percentage.

The Bloomington South graduate led the Big Ten in passing yardage, passing yardage per game, completions and attempts, finished third in total offense (275.8), touchdowns and TD-interception ratio, and ended up fourth in points responsible for (13.5). On the national stage, Chappell ranked fourth in attempts, sixth in completions, 12th in passing yardage, 14th in passing yardage per game, tied for 21st in touchdowns, 22nd in total offense and tied for 28th in points responsible.

Chappell was a quarterfinalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 20), a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of 10 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, selected to the Good Works Team, an ESPN Academic All-District V first team member, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  He closed out his career as IU’s career leader in completion percentage (61.1), completions (651), attempts (1,066), 300-yard games (9), 250-yard games (13) and 200-yard games (18), ranked second in passing yardage (7,251) and passing touchdowns (45), and finished third in total offense (7,331).

Senior safety Mitchell Evans was named the Pete Schmidt “Team Above Self” Award winner. This award is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of former Indiana Assistant Head Coach Pete Schmidt, most specifically to the individual who places the Indiana Football program above himself. One of the most highly successful coaches in college football history, Schmidt passed away on September 29, 2000, after a year-long battle with lymphoma. “There is no such thing as a bad day,” Schmidt would often say, and it best describes the manner in which he lived his life.

Evans played quarterback, safety and wide receiver during his career. In 2010, he started all 12 games at strong safety and tied for third on the team with 69 tackles and finished third with 42 solos. Evans added three interceptions, one tackle for loss, five passes defended and two pass breakups. He moved to receiver in 2008 and 2009 after playing 13 games at safety and on special teams as a true freshman, and he caught 42 balls for 495 yards with three touchdowns. The West Milton, Ohio, native also rushed for 131 yards out of the Wildcat in 2009 and recorded 12 stops with two INTs in 2007.

Fifth-year senior cornerback Richard Council and senior defensive end Terrance Thomas received the Al Barsch “Hang Tough” Award, given to the players who have hung tough and fought through adversity. Al Barsch was an alumnus from Ohio who helped Indiana in recruiting and assisted players in finding jobs in the Cleveland area. He died of cancer in the mid-1980s.

Council suffered a knee injury in the Big Ten opener against Michigan and returned to the team ahead of schedule four weeks later against Northwestern. He started six times and played in nine games, recording 21 tackles with three pass breakups and three passes defended. Council made 20 career starts and ended his tenure with 88 tackles, 70 solo, with 14 passes defended.

Thomas spent his first three seasons as a valuable member of the Hoosiers’ special teams units. He played in nine games as a reserve defensive lineman in 2009 and worked his way into the starting lineup with nine starts at defensive end this season. Thomas collected 6.5 tackles for loss, fourth on the team, in addition to his two sacks, 32 tackles, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Fifth-year senior tackle James Brewer is the Don Howell “Outstanding Offensive Lineman” Award recipient, given to the outstanding offensive lineman in memory of Don Howell. Howell was a two-way lineman from Hobart, Ind. He played for the Hoosiers from 1954-57 and served as the team’s captain in 1957. After graduation he returned to his hometown and later served as the head coach at Hobart High School, where he won over 300 games to rank as one of the state’s all-time winningest high school head coaches.

Brewer started the final 21 games he appeared in during his career at right tackle. The offensive line allowed just 28 sacks over the last two seasons and surrendered one sack per 34.0 pass attempts, both totals ranked first in the Big Ten. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten this year after starting nine times. The Hoosiers shared second in the conference and 15th nationally allowing 1.0 sack per game, and topped the league with one sack per 42.75 pass attempts.

Sophomore Adam Replogle took home the Chris Dal Sasso “Outstanding Defensive Lineman” Award, given to the defensive lineman who exemplifies the qualities of Chris Dal Sasso, a three-year letterman and captain in 1936. Following graduation, Dal Sasso spent 15 years at South Bend Central High School as an assistant coach, head coach and athletic director. His tenure there was interrupted by a four-year stint in the Air Force. Dal Sasso joined the Indiana coaching staff in 1952 as an assistant coach, where he served in that capacity until taking over an assistant administrator position in 1957. In this position, he handled the Big Ten financial aid program.

Replogle started eight games at defensive tackle and four times at defensive end in 2010. He led the defensive tackles with 32 stops and two sacks to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one pass defended. The lone true freshman to play in 2009, Replogle has started 23 straight games.

Fifth-year senior running back Trea Burgess earned the Corby Davis Memorial Award, which was established by the family and friends of Corby Davis to honor a senior player whose conduct on campus, in the classroom and on the football field most closely exemplifies the qualities of former Big Ten MVP Corby Davis. Davis, a 1992 inductee into the IU Hall of Fame, earned letters in football in 1934, 1935 and 1937 and lettered in track in 1935. He was the Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American in 1937. The fullback was a first round pick of the Cleveland Rams. His four-year professional career was broken up because he served in World War II prior to retiring in 1942.

Burgess stepped into the starting lineup for Darius Willis following the Michigan game, and he provided a team-leading 352 rushing yards and a team-high 104 carries. He scored three times and posted his first 100-yard game, scampering for 102 yards against Arkansas State. Burgess made six starts and appeared in all 12 games, adding five receptions for 38 yards.

Fifth-year senior linebacker Jamie Lukaszewski is this year’s Ted Verlihay “Mental Attitude and Loyalty” Award winner. The honor is bestowed upon the player who has demonstrated the best mental attitude and loyalty to Indiana Football. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Ted Verlihay earned a letter following the 1967 football season. He was a physical education major at IU.

A key contributor on special teams and one of the most energetic members of the team, Lukaszewski walked on to the team in 2006 and earned a scholarship before the 2010 campaign. The Mishawaka, Ind., native made 12 tackles and played in all 12 games this season. He saw action in 20 career games, was named special teams player of the week once, scout team player of the week eight times and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice.

Chappell won the Ted Whereatt Senior Academic Excellence Award, which is given to the senior who has excelled academically. Ted Whereatt was a long-time resident of the Indiana University community. He served as an Assistant to the Dean of University Division. In his capacity, he counseled student-athletes with their educational program.

A four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time ESPN Academic All-District selection, Chappell received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete. He completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting on June 30, 2010, with a 3.70 GPA and is currently working toward his MBA in business systems and accounting. Selected. In all of his semesters of classroom work, he has never recorded a GPA lower than 3.3 and has earned Alpha Beta honors each of those semesters. Chappell was also a 2009-10 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient (3.7 GPA over the academic year).

Fifth-year senior Terrance Turner received the Howard Brown Award. This award is given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of former IU assistant coach Howard Brown. Brown demonstrated compassion, courage, understanding, humor, sportsmanship and a strong competitive spirit as a player, coach and as a man. He was the team MVP in 1945 and again in 1947 and captained the squad in 1946 and 1947. Brown played as a freshman in 1942 before joining the Infantry. He won three Purple Hearts while serving in Europe and returned to Bloomington after the start of the 1945 season.

Turner finished second on the team with 67 receptions for 681 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked third in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.6), fourth on IU’s single-season receptions list and sixth on the school’s career receptions chart. Turner closed out his career with 143 catches for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns. He became the 17th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards.

Senior strong-side linebacker Tyler Replogle earned the Harold Mauro Award. The award is given to the Indiana University football player that best exemplifies valued qualities demonstrated by Harold Mauro to Indiana University and the Bloomington community. Mauro has participated in every Indiana bowl game as either a player, assistant coach or administrator and was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He played for the Hoosiers from 1963-67, served as a graduate assistant (1968), an assistant coach (1969-72, 77-83), an administrator (1984-04) and the director of football operations (2005-pres.).

Despite missing two games due to injury, Replogle finished fourth in the conference averaging 8.7 tackles per game. He led the Hoosiers with 87 tackles and 39 solo stops. Replogle also owned three double-digit tackle games, six tackles for loss, one interception, three quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one pass defended. A finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and an ESPN Academic All-District V first team honoree, Replogle wrapped up his career with six career double-digit tackle games, 213 tackles, 123 solo, three sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Junior middle linebacker Jeff Thomas and redshirt freshman kicker Mitch Ewald collected the Terry P. Cole “Impact Player” Award. This award is given to the players who make the biggest impact in the Old Oaken Bucket Game and is in memory of former Hoosier great Terry Cole (1965-67). Cole, who played running back and fullback, saved the best performance of his career for his final game at Memorial Stadium. He recorded a 63-yard touchdown run and a 48-yard dash to set up another score, as Indiana defeated Purdue, 19-14, to bring the Bucket back to Bloomington. The win gave the Hoosiers a share of the Big Ten Championship and punched their ticket to Pasadena – the school’s only Rose Bowl appearance. Cole finished his brilliant career with 1,059 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Thomas set up the Hoosiers’ game-winning field goal with a diving interception of a Rob Henry pass on Purdue’s lone overtime possession. He recorded his second career interception at the IU 7-yard line. Thomas also made eight tackles, including six solo tackles, and finished with a team- and career-high three tackles for loss.

Ewald earned co-Big Ten Special Teams and Freshman of the Week honors after hitting a 26-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and giving IU its first Bucket win in West Lafayette since 1996 with a 31-yarder in overtime. He also hit all four of his extra points and kicked off six times, with the Boilermakers longest return a 24-yarder. Ewald’s game-winning field goal was the first for a Hoosier since Austin Starr delivered a 49-yarder to win the 2007 Purdue game.

Junior wide receivers Damarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss secured the Hoosier Big Player Maker Awards on offense. Junior defensive end Darius Johnson carded the honor on defense, while redshirt freshman kicker Mitch Ewald gathered the special teams honor.

True freshmen quarterback Austin Ahrens, offensive lineman Cody Evers and tight end Paul Phillips shared Offensive Scout of the Year honors, while true freshmen linebackers Chase Hoobler and Ishmael Thomas shared Defensive Scout of the Year accolades. True freshman linebacker Matt Zakrzewski collected Special Teams Scout of the Year recognition.

Ten Hoosiers earned entrance into the One-Play Warrior Club. The club is reserved for players who make outstanding contributions on special teams each week. Fifth-year senior Trea Burgess, redshirt freshman Griffen Dahlstrom, junior Tandon Doss, redshirt freshman Matt Ewald, redshirt freshman Greg Heban, true freshman Kofi Hughes, fifth-year senior Jeff Sanders, sophomore Chad Sherer, junior Jeff Thomas and redshirt freshman Nick Turner each earned entry into the club this season.


Anthony Thompson MVP Award – Ben Chappell

Pete Schmidt “Team Above Self” Award – Mitchell Evans

Al Barsch “Hang Tough” Award – Terrance Thomas and Richard Council

Don Howell “Outstanding Offensive Lineman” Award – James Brewer

Chris Dal Sasso “Outstanding Defensive Lineman” Award – Adam Replogle

Corby Davis Memorial Award – Trea Burgess

Ted Verlihay “Mental Attitude and Loyalty” Award – Jamie Lukaszewski

Ted Whereatt “Senior Academic Excellence” Award – Ben Chappell

Howard Brown Award – Terrance Turner

Harold Mauro Award – Tyler Replogle

Terry P. Cole “Impact Player” Award – Jeff Thomas and Mitch Ewald

Hoosier Captains

Ben Chappell and Tyler Replogle

Hoosier Big Play Maker Awards

Offense – Damarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss

Defense – Darius Johnson

Special Teams – Mitch Ewald

Scout of the Year Awards

Offense – Austin Ahrens, Cody Evers and Paul Phillips

Defense – Chase Hoobler, Ishmael Thomas

Special Teams – Matt Zakrzewski

One-Play Warrior Club

Trea Burgess, Griffen Dahlstrom, Tandon Doss, Matt Ewald, Greg Heban, Kofi Hughes, Jeff Sanders, Chad Sherer, Jeff Thomas and Nick Turner

Senior Manager Awards

Jack Kilduff, Justin Kurtz, Alex Peck, Jeff Sprunger, Carter Uebelhoer and Andrew Waggoner


  1. Chap deserved more? Like what? The best group of receivers in IU history? The weakest schedule in IU history? Out of ALL the IU players to feel bad for? Feel bad for Antwaan Randle El. He got his head beat in and was forced to try to throw through a spare tire hole to get somebody on his team to catch the ball. I don’t feel bad for Chappell one bit. I feel bad for CBL whose blind loyalty to his defensive staff cost him his job.

  2. Frank, I cannot do this today, I have done it for the last 2 years. You can go read my past posts. You feeling bad for Lynch says it all!

  3. How could you not feel for Chap and what he went through this year and fought through. No running game, weak line support from injuries, and no defensive support.

    He deserved better than the record this season, but it is what it is and he has a very bright future ahead of him, rather it is in football or in his degree field.

    Thanks Ben for being a great representitive of IU, IU football and most of all Bloomington!

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