This is not a misprint….Indiana leads nation in sacks

I don’t know how many years I’ve been writing preseason previews saying Indiana needs a better pass rush, but do the names Derek Barnett and Colin Christopher ring a bell with anybody? Were they the answer? Seems like somebody might have told me they would be, just before another season of watching opposing quarterbacks having time to find receivers for one first down after another on third and forever.

So I didn’t see this one coming — after five games, Indiana ranks No. 1 in the country in sacks with 27 sacks, for an average of 5.4 per game.

Hoosier sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton ranks second in the country individually with 7.5 sacks, an average of 1.5 per game. He trails only George Selvie of South Florida who has nine sacks in four games, for a 2.38 per game average.

IU’s other starting defensive end, Jammie Kirlew, stands 18th in the country with 4.5 sacks after his 3.5 sack outburst Saturday.

Middleton has a slim lead in the Big Ten over Michigan State’s Jonal Saint-Dic, who has seven sacks for a 1.4 per game average that is third-best in the country. Michigan State as a team ranks No. 2 in the country with 4.6 sacks per game.