Kane Wommack

Indiana University

Defensive Coordinator / LB

Conference: Big 10

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Indiana’s 17 picks are tied for the third-most in school history (19 in 1998 and 2007).; In its 24-0 shutout of Michigan State, IU did not allow the Spartans to advance beyond the Hoosiers 38-yard line, limited them to 191 yards (60 rushing) and recorded four takeaways (3 INTs) for the first time since Nov. 10, 2018.; Indiana’s five shutouts since the start of 2017 share first nationally with Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.; Last weekend, IU limited No. 12 Wisconsin to six points, the fewest points the Badgers have scored in the series since 1992 (3) and the first time they failed to reach the end zone since Oct. 3, 2015, vs. Iowa.; Over the past two seasons, the Hoosiers have held six opponents, including four Big Ten teams, to less than seven points, the most in the league. Wisconsin ranks second (4) with Ohio State and Iowa in third (3).; Indiana created two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FR) for the ninth-straight game, a program record.; IU has at least one takeaway in 36 of the last 38 games, including each of the last 15, a school record, and it has an interception in a program-record 10-straight contests.; The Hoosiers have scored 65 points off of their 20 takeaways.; Indiana picked off three passes for the fourth time this season and for the third time in as many games in the Maryland win, which is believed to be a school record, and was the longest streak in the B1G since Wisconsin in 2016.; It also recorded three INTs at Rutgers, at MSU and at No. 3 Ohio State.; IU had a pair of picks in a program-record seven-straight games and became the first team since Oklahoma State in 2011 with at least two interceptions in six-consecutive games in the same year, also a school record.; The Hoosiers held the Wolverines to just 13 yards rushing, believed to be the lowest yardage output by a Michigan team in 69 games in the series.; U-M’s 13 rushing yards were the lowest allowed by Indiana since William & Mary (-32) on Aug. 31, 2002, and the fewest by a B1G foe since Purdue (-8) on Nov. 24, 2001.
Coach's Past Performance
; In 2019, Wommack led the defense to Top-50 finishes nationally in scoring, total, rush and pass defense for the first time since 1993.; Indiana last ranked in the Top 50 in scoring defense in 1993 and rush defense in 1998.; The Hoosiers finished tied for 12th nationally in defensive touchdowns (3, T-3rd Big Ten), tied for 27th nationally in fumbles recovered (10, T-4th), 34th in opponent third-down conversions (35.2, 5th), 36th in total defense (352.2), tied for 38th in opponent first downs (19.1), 43rd in rush defense (138.5), 45th in scoring defense (24.4), 46th in pass defense (213.7) and 48th in pass efficiency defense (128.01).; IU held four opponents: Eastern Illinois (52-0), Connecticut (38-3), Rutgers (35-0) and Northwestern (34-3), to three points or less, which marked the most in one campaign since holding five to three or less in 1945.; Indiana was one of seven teams (Wisconsin-4, Florida-3, Georgia-3, Iowa-2, Utah-2, Virginia Tech-2) with two shutouts.; IU held four foes under 200 total yards, four under 115 passing yards and five to 100-or-fewer rushing yards.; Wommack served as the University of South Alabama’s defensive coordinator, the youngest in the FBS, and linebackers coach in 2016-17, after two seasons (2014-15) as defensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois University.; He engineered one of the top turnarounds in the country in 2016. The unit was the fifth-most improved nationally in scoring defense (-10.3), and ranked in the Top 10 nationally in passing defense.
Team Record and Standings
Wommack has helped guide Indiana inside the Top 10 four times this year, including its first Top-10 ranking since 1969.; The Hoosiers are ranked for the seventh-straight week, which ties a regular-season program record.; IU’s 6-1 record is its best overall start since 1993 (7-1) and its best conference start since 1967 (6-1).; The Hoosiers six B1G victories are tied for the most in school history, matching the marks set in 1967 (6-1) and 1987 (6-2).; Indiana has defeated Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin in the same season for the first time in program history.; The Hoosiers three ranked wins are tied for a school record (1945).; They earned their first Top-10 win since 1987, their first win over Michigan since 1987, their first win in East Lansing since 2001 and their first win in Madison since 2001.
Team/Unit Stats
The youngest Power 5 defensive coordinator, Kane Wommack (33) has his charges leading the Big Ten in interceptions (17, 1st nationally), opponent red zone scores (57.9, 1st), takeaways (20, T-6th) and sacks (3.3, T-13th), third in tackles for loss (43), fourth in opponent passing efficiency (115.7, 17th), scoring defense (19.4, 20th), opponent completion percentage (57.1, T-28th) and opponent third-down conversions (36.7, 38th), fifth in total defense (361.7, 37th), tied for fifth in rush defense (135.7, T-36th) and sixth in pass defense (226.0).
Individual Player Stats
Micah McFadden, the reigning Walter Camp Foundation Defensive Player of the Week, leads the team with 52 stops (10th in the Big Ten), 39 solos (2nd), five sacks (T-2nd) and 8.5 tackles for loss (T-3rd) to go along with two INTs (T-7th) and three quarterback hurries.; Tiawan Mullen is second on the team with 36 tackles, 25 solos (tied) and 4.5 for loss (tied), third with three picks (T-5th in the Big Ten, T-19th nationally), 3.5 sacks (T-8th in the Big Ten) and four PBUs in addition to the forced fumble.; Jaylin Williams four interceptions put him in a tie for the team lead (T-3rd in the Big Ten, T-5th nationally) with safety Jamar Johnson.; En route to Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week honors in the victory over No. 8 Penn State, Johnson posted a career-high 10 tackles and seven solos. Johnson, who has returned those picks 94 yards, leads the Hoosiers with nine career takeaways and seven career interceptions. He is also tied for third on Indiana with 34 stops, tied for second with 25 solos, fifth with 3.5 TFLs and tied for third with three PBUs to go along with the forced fumble.