Indiana Football: All-time top 5 in Passing Yards

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 1: Dameon Willis Jr.
BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 1: Dameon Willis Jr. /
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BLOOMINGTON, IN – NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Kellen Lewis
BLOOMINGTON, IN – NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Kellen Lewis /

If this were a list of all-time winningest quarterbacks in IU history, Kellen Lewis would not be on this, as he was on some disappointing teams. However, this last is strictly based on the amount of passing yards that said player threw during his time in a Hoosiers jersey.

Lewis was once named a Freshman All-American by both and SportingNews, it appeared that he would have a long career, whether that be in the NFL or another football league somewhere. That freshman season, Lewis threw for over 2,200 yards and ran for another 400.

During his sophomore season, Lewis became only the third QB at the time to throw for over 3,000 yards and run for another 700 on the ground. He would also lead IU to it’s first bowl game in 14 years, yes, it took Indiana 14 years to return to a bowl game.

After once looking like he would start every game of his four year career at IU, coach Bill Lynch inexplicably chose to move Lewis to WR at the start of the 2008 season. He was later kicked off the team. In an ESPN article, Lewis spoke of his dismissal, it sounds like he wasn’t around the right people in order to succeed.

"“One of the message boards said that I was trafficking cocaine and all sorts of other drugs from Indianapolis to Fort Wayne and back to Bloomington,” Lewis said. “I just wanted to clear the air. I went from going out and partying it out every night and everyone saw me, to the next two months, ‘We can’t even find him, so he must have committed a crime.”"

Keelen finished up his football career at Valdosta State, leading them in both rushing and passing that season.