Friday, August 22, 2008

Greg Middleton - Indiana's stud player

Greg Middleton, Indiana
Defensive end, #92, 6'3" - 275 lbs
How did this stud and future NFL star get past Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame?...Middleton, who is from Indianapolis, earned a number 6 state ranking from prior to the 2005 season and closed his senior year with 79 tackles and nine sacks...

In 2007, as sophomore at IU, he led the nation with 16 sacks...Middleton was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the top defensive end in college football...he was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...that was Indiana's first All-Big Ten first team selection from the defensive line since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997...

He picked up All-America distinctions from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team), the Associated Press (third), The Sporting News,, (second), (second team) and (first team)...

This is what was written about Middleton in the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook:
"As a freshman in 2006, end Greg Middleton (6-3, 275) had six tackles in five games. Not the kind of numbers that would have a coach projecting greatness. But Indiana co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic had a feeling something big was coming from Middleton, calling him the team's best lineman before the season even started. Middleton spent the 2007 season proving Palcic right, recording a national best 16 sacks in a breakout season.

Now a junior, Middleton will be a candidate for several national awards in 2008. He was a finalist in 2007 for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive end. Middleton was an easy pick for the All-Big Ten team.

"We feel good about what he's doing," Palcic said. "He continues to improve. He'll be an NFL prospect when he comes out."

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