On his first radio show of the season Thursday night, Kevin Wilson said he expects six to eight true freshmen to see the field in Saturday’s season opener against Southern Illinois.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise based on this week’s first depth chart.
Wilson listed seven true freshmen on his two-deep this week, five of which are at IU’s two biggest areas of need. Receivers Leon Thornton and Nick Westbrook, along with cornerbacks Devonte Williams and Andre Brown and safety Jonathan Crawford are all featured on the IU depth chart. Left tackle Brandon Knight and defensive end Jacob Robinson are also included.
As for the eighth, or perhaps ninth player, expect it to come from the trio of safety Jameel Cook Jr., corner Tyler Green and linebacker Reakwon Jones.
“I think several of the corners and safeties — Cook and Crawford have looked good at safety,” Wilson said. “Tyler Green, Andre Brown and Devonte Williams at corner. They’ll all be possible special teams-type players. Receivers Westbrook and Thornton have looked very, very solid.”
Wilson played 13 of his 24 true freshman last season and, according to IU football site PuntJohnPunt.com, 40 of the 78 true freshmen to arrive in Bloomington since Wilson took over have played in their first season.
“It’s just a matter of if they’re going to play enough,” Wilson said. “If we need to burn the year, we will.”
After being limited with a shoulder injury for the bulk of Indiana’s preseason camp, Isaac James’ status remains unclear.
The freshman receiver suffered a crack in his scapula after taking a hit from linebacker Dawson Fletcher in early August. Wilson has called it a minor injury that won’t require surgery, but James has missed enough time that a redshirt continues to be part of the conversation.
Wilson said on this week’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that the team is still evaluating whether James may be able to contribute at some point this fall.
“He hasn’t (missed) enough to say he’s out, but he hasn’t gone enough to say he’s kind of in the mix,” Wilson said. “He doesn’t have a major injury, but it’s one that’s taken a little bit more time. We haven’t ruled him out for the season, but as we go there will be a point in time (where) he’ll have enough value to play, or he won’t. Right now, it’s a little too early to tell.”
Before the injury, the speedy Carmel product was expected to challenge for a role as a slot receiver, though Mitchell Paige, Damon Graham and Luke Timian appear to have taken the top three spots on the depth chart for the time being.
247 Sports considered the three-star athlete the No. 5 prospect in the state during the 2015 recruiting cycle. James finished his high school career with over 2,000 rushing yards, 800 passing yards, 200 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns.
We’re back at the Bloomington Holiday Inn this evening for Kevin Wilson’s first radio show of the season.
Inside Indiana Football airs at 7 p.m. with host Don Fischer. Wilson will spend much of the program recapping fall camp and looking ahead to Southern Illinois. He’ll be preceded on the show by player guests Nick Mangieri and Simmie Cobbs. If you can’t make it to the hotel, you should be able to listen online through WHCC’s website.
In the meantime, to satisfy your Wilson fix, here’s one of the promos he shot this summer for Big Ten Network:
Sometime before Indiana opens its season against Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, IU coach Kevin Wilson knows he needs to decide on a backup quarterback.
Wilson said this week that he hasn’t spent much time worrying about the position, but added that the time has come to meet with offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and discuss the options. Wilson was pleased with the way sophomore Zander Diamont looked during the team’s fall camp and, given his preseason performance and his experience over the final six games of last year, Diamont seems to be a fit as Nate Sudfeld’s understudy.
However, the decision is complicated by IU’s desire to give Diamont the redshirt year he lost a season ago.
“Right now, I guess I just have to sort in my mind, long term, we are going to do what’s best for the team this year and then long term, is it best for Zander?” Wilson said. “Can Zander help the team … playing this year? Or can he still be (with) the second team and mop-up duty can come from Nate Boudreau and Danny Cameron, who we have got a lot of confidence in.”
Cameron, a redshirt freshman, was in a head-to-head competition with Diamont for backup reps this August. Wilson has praised both for their development over the span of a year, though the IU coach seems inclined this season to give Cameron an opportunity at the end of games that have already been decided and save Diamont in case Indiana needs its backup to appear in more than a couple series’ worth of action.
Diamont completed 64 of his 132 passes for one touchdown in 2014. (more…)
An Indiana State Excise Police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that former Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was in the same vehicle with recently dismissed player Emmitt Holt and incoming freshman Thomas Bryant when they were cited Aug. 22 for illegal possession of alcohol.
Cpl. Brandon Thomas said officers involved with the incident were able to confirm that Mosquera-Perea was a backseat passenger along with Holt. Freshman forward Juwan Morgan was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and Bryant was seated in the front passenger seat, officers said. Thomas said officers did not recognize an additional male passenger.
Mosquera-Perea and Morgan were not cited for any offenses.
Holt, 19, and Bryant, 18, were cited at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 22 after uniformed officers allegedly observed each of them in possession of a bottle of vodka while sitting as passengers in a parked vehicle outside Convenient Food Mart in the 1400 block of North Dunn Street. Officers were alerted to five people seated inside the vehicle. Officers said Holt allegedly attempted to conceal a 750 milliliter bottle of vodka as an officer walked past the vehicle. An officer also observed Bryant attempt to conceal a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka, according to the original release.
Mosquera-Perea and then-IU player Devin Davis were each kicked off the team in May after an incident at a campus dorm, where Indiana University Police officers responded to a complaint of marijuana odor coming from a room Davis and Mosquera-Perea occupied. Although only Davis was cited, IU announced dismissals for both players two days later on May 14. (more…)
There are no major surprises on Indiana’s first depth chart of the fall.
IU’s initial two-deep, released Monday afternoon, is a reflection of how the team lined up during the last week-plus of fall camp. Of note, sophomore Tony Fields is listed as the starter at strong safety and freshman Jonathan Crawford is listed as his backup. That pushes sophomore Kiante Walton to the backup slot behind Chase Dutra at free safety. Freshman Brandon Knight is listed as the backup to Jason Spriggs at left tackle and redshirt freshman Delroy Baker is behind Wes Martin at left guard. Redshirt sophomore Rashard Fant is back in the top corner spot, with former walk-on Ben Bach listed as his backup. Rangy freshman corner Tyler Green isn’t listed this week — Noel Padmore is the starter at the right side corner spot and freshman Andre Brown is his backup.
Follow along after the jump for the full two-deep (starters in bold): (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Emmitt Holt became the third Indiana player dismissed from the program in the past four months on Monday, Mike wrote.
Holt’s dismissal is all about decisions — past, present and future, I wrote.
Former Hoosier Derek Drouin won gold in the high jump at the World Championships on Sunday, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana’s frontcourt has been far more prolific off the court than on it, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes.
Emmitt Holt left Indiana with no choice but to remove him from the team, Gary Parrish of CBSsports.com writes.
Holt will land on his feet, while Tom Crean and Fred Glass clean up the mess in Bloomington, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.
It’s another hard lesson for the Hoosiers as they say good-bye to Emmitt Holt, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
Running back Jordan Howard is impressing and is helping elevate teammate Devine Redding in the process, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Former Hoosier Shane Wynn was a victim of the Cleveland Browns’ cuts on Monday but could still find his way to the practice squad, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes.
Four-star guard Curtis Jones and his family found a lot to like about IU during his weekend visit, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A song for Emmitt Holt — “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Kevin Wilson has maintained the same mantra since the spring, telling all who will listen that this looks like his best team in five seasons at Indiana.
Now, it’s a game week and the IU coach says his group is ready.
Wilson kicked off his season-opening preview of Southern Illinois by saying that the Hoosiers closed preseason camp with their best week of the summer. That, Wilson believes, is a sign that Indiana is prepared, focused and on track for a positive start to the new season.
“I think we are practicing hard but we are not over-practicing,” Wilson said. “I think our time on the field is getting (to be) less because we are going at it pretty hard. Like I said, we had a great week of practice last week.”
Indiana did not release a depth chart Monday, though one could be published as soon as Tuesday. Wilson did not report any new injuries ahead of the first game, and receiver J-Shun Harris (knee) and cornerback Donovan Clark (back) remain the only known key contributors with significant medical setbacks.
A week after the program accepted a transfer from former South Carolina corner Wesley Green, Wilson said Indiana recently brought in a second notable transfer.
Former Cincinnati offensive lineman Ja’Merez Bowen is now at Indiana. Bowen, who redshirted as a freshman last season, must sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Cleveland native was previously an IU recruiting target before choosing Cincinnati over the Hoosiers, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky and Louisville. (more…)
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Indiana announced Monday that Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the program.
Holt, 19, and teammate Thomas Bryant, 18, were each cited for illegal possession of alcohol by Indiana State Excise officers during the early-morning hours of Aug. 22. The incident marked Holt’s second off-the-court issue in less than a year with the IU basketball program.
Holt was also cited last November for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.02 when former teammate Devin Davis jumped in front of and was struck by a vehicle Holt was driving on 17th street outside Memorial Stadium. Officers determined that both players had been drinking and that Davis was at fault. Holt registered a BAC of 0.025.
Indiana announced the dismissal with a brief, two-paragraph statement issued Monday afternoon.
“Sophomore Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program effective immediately for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment in the circumstances surrounding his recent citation, particularly coming after his involvement in the Devin Davis accident which should have motivated him to make better decisions,” the statement read.
The statement also indicates that Bryant, a freshman, is receiving internal punishment for his involvement and he “is subject to additional discipline for any future failure to live up to his responsibilities to the program.”
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass told The Herald-Times that the decision to dismiss Holt belonged to coach Tom Crean.
“I absolutely support him on it,” Glass said. (more…)
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Big Ten basketball schedules were released Thursday, and Indiana will start its Big Ten season at Wisconsin Dec. 31.
Four of Indiana’s first six games will be on the road, including trips to Ohio State (Jan. 7) and Purdue (Jan. 10). IU’s first Big Ten home game will come against Michigan on Jan. 3.
Unlike last season, when five of the Hoosiers’ final seven game were on the road, IU will get to play five out of its last eight games at home this season. That eight-game stretch includes home-and-home matchups with Iowa and Nebraska.
IU ends its regular season schedule with a home contest against Penn State on Feb. 27.
The full IU women’s basketball schedule can be seen here.
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