Chris Adkins will, in fact, be the starter at right cornerback on Saturday. Lynch said at the press conference earlier today that the spot was still open; but he and cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic decided to go with Adkins later in the day.
Indiana football coach Bill Lynch named Kellen Lewis the starting quarterback today, and also announced that star defensive end Greg Middleton — and three others — have been suspended for the season-opener against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Lewis had been battling Ben Chappell for the starting nod after missing the spring and summer due to disciplinary issues.
Lynch said at his first formal press conference of the season today that he finally opted to go with the veteran starter because of his experience at the position.
Lynch also announced that Middleton, tight end Troy Wagner, safety Brandon Mosely and defensive end Kyle Kozak have been suspended for unspecified reasons.
Other notes of interest:
- Chris Adkins has not been named the starter at corner, despite what the depth chart says. Lynch wants Adkins, Richard Council and Donnell Jones to continue fighting for the spot.
- Emile Bass, a junior defensive tackle who played 16 games for Indiana, has decided to transfer.
- Lynch said he expects to play three our four true freshmen this year and mentioned wide receivers Demarlo Belcher and Tandon Doss and offensive linemen Will Matte and Justin Pagan as possibilities. He isn’t sure what he’ll do with heralded tailback Darius Willis, but as with all freshmen he won’t play them unless he can get them enough snaps to make it worth it.
- Jerimy Finch, the transfer from Florida, remains behind Austin Thomas at strong safety. Lynch praised Thomas and free safeties Nick Polk and Joe Kleinsmith for mentoring Finch, who is in a new system at a new school and is making the transition back to his old position. He played linebacker at Florida.