NOTES: Saturday a block party for Hendershot

Slowly but surely redshirt freshman tight end Peyton Hendershot is becoming a factor for Indiana.

He made his first career catch — also his first career touchdown — against FIU in the opener, caught two passes last week against Virginia and hauled in three passes on Saturday against Ball State.

But the 6-foot-4 Tri-West product also came up with a big special teams play when he blocked a punt early in the second quarter. It was the first blocked punt for Indiana since Zeke Walker at Rutgers on Nov. 5, 2016.

It was also Hendershot’s first week on the punt block team.

“It was called, but we didn’t get (the block) the first punt,” he said. “Then on the regular return, they bobbled the snap, so I went and got it.”

Timian checks in
From walk-on status to a place in the Indiana record book, it’s been one heck of a run so far for Luke Timian.

On Saturday, the senior receiver became the 22nd player in program history to record 100 career catches and 1,000 career yards.

Timian finished with game highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (56).

Fast starts
With a 3-0 record after Saturday’s win over Ball State, Indiana moves into relatively rare air ahead of next week’s Big Ten opener against Michigan State.

The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they started 4-0, and are 3-0 for just the 17th time in school history.

Prior to 2015, the Hoosiers hadn’t started 4-0 since 1990.

Indiana has only started 4-0 seven times. Five of those resulted in a trip to a bowl game, including the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl. The only exceptions were before the bowl era in 1910 and in 1985 when Indiana lost its final seven games of the season.