Just about 24 hours until the Insight Bowl kicks off. I've discussed OSU's team stats, but here are the individuals worth watching tomorrow.
Zac Robinson, sophomore quarterback. Robinson emerged as OSU's starter early in the season and has become a reliable dual threat for the Cowboys. Robinson completed 59.2 percent of his passes and threw for 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Robinson ran for seven touchdowns and was OSU's second leading rusher with 77 yards (6.2 yards per attempt). Quite remarkably, Robinson was sacked only seven times. For reference, Kellen Lewis, whose numbers are comparable otherwise, was sacked 29 times.
Dantrell Savage, senior running back. Savage came to OSU as a juco transfer and has a solid 1992 rushing yards in his two year career. This season, Savage played in only 10 games, but ran for 1172 yards and 5.9 yards per carry. He scored 8 touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 258 yards. Other than a respectable 10/55 performance in the opener against Georgia, Savage has broken the 100 yard barrier in every game he has played, and never did worse than 4.4 yards per carry. The OSU rushing game is formidable.
Kendall Hunter, freshman running back. Hunter is a true freshman, and while his playing time has been sporadic, he has 663 yards rushing and 6.7 yards per carry. All of Hunter's good games were in September and October, so perhaps he hit the freshman wall, but he, Robinson, and Savage present a challenge for IU's less than stellar run defense.
Adarius Bowman, senior receiver. Bowman missed the Cowboys' last two games with an injury, but will play in the Insight Bowl. In ten games, Bowman caught 61 balls for 932 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was even better as a junior, with 1161 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bowman is 6-4 and so the media has been all over the James Hardy comparison.
Jacob Lacey, junior cornerback. Lacey leads the Cowboys with five interceptions.
Nathan Peterson, senior defensive end. Peterson leads OSU with six sacks and 14 tackles for loss.