Indiana coach Kevin Wilson had his radio show Monday night and co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Ekeler was among those available after practice. Some news and notes from today.
– Wilson said sophomore quarterback Dusty Kiel did not practice on Monday after injuring his ankle during Saturday’s game against Illinois. Kiel was 6-for-19 for just 71 yards in the game, and Wilson said the ankle was a significant reason why. He injured the ankle as he was being brought down by an Illinois defender while flipping the ball to tailback Stephen Houston for what turned out to be a 48-yard gain.
“I didn’t know anything about it until the end of the third quarter,” Wilson said. “He missed a couple of balls. I said, ‘What’s wrong? What’s up with those throws? They were just way off.’ He said, ‘I can’t push off.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I hurt my ankle.’ I said, ‘When?’ He said back in the first half. Being a competitor he tried to battle through it.”
Wilson said redshirt sophomore Ed Wright-Baker has been practicing after suffering an ankle injury against North Texas and sitting out the last two games. With Kiel still recovering, that likely means Wright-Baker will get the start.
“I’d assume we’ll have Ed and Tre,” Wilson said. “We’ll evaluate Dusty as the week goes along.”
– Ekeler said senior weakside linebacker Leon Beckum returned to practice on Monday. He said he isn’t certain if Beckum will be available for Saturday’s game at Wisconsin, but he should be back in the lineup soon.
“I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to play,” Ekeler said. “But he’s out there practicing today and flying around. It’s pretty encouraging. Before he got hurt, he was one of our best defensive players by far. Great leader, great senior, his teammates voted him a captain. So just from experience from a leadership standpoint, and the guy’s a very good football player. Our objective is to put the best 11 on the field, and he’s definitely one of them.”