Kevin Wilson was asked about the departure of one of his players, then decided he might as well get the news about several others out of the way.
The Indiana football coach confirmed that sophomore tailback Nick Turner left the program after news broke last night that that was the case. After that, Wilson said that sophomore tailback Antonio Banks and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Marlandez Harris had also left the program. He then added that seldom-used junior cornerback Peter St. Fort had been arrested and suspended indefinitely. Police logs show that St. Fort was arrested at 4:22 a.m. on Sunday and was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.
Wilson said that Turner told him on Tuesday he would be leaving the program.
“He came in and said he didn’t want to play,” Wilson said. “Thought it was a good choice because he hadn’t been practicing hard. … He came in to practice Monday, dressed and then took his clothes off and went home. Came in Tuesday and said he didn’t want to play. Said he’d been thinking about it for a month or two. I said, ‘Well, the way you were practicing, that’s why you weren’t starting at running back. That’s why we put you on defense. You hadn’t made any clicks there. That’s why we put you on special teams took you off special teams.’ Because he’s been going through the motions, because he’s not physical. He’s a nice kid. He’s got good talent. He’s a smart young man. I just don’t know if he wants to play. I kinda thought it was a good choice. Wished him well, had no issues.”
Wilson said Banks and Harris both quit this week. He said one of the two — he didn’t clarify — was academically ineligible.
Wilson said that sophomore quarterback Ed Wright-Baker has returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. He said Dusty Kiel would likely start because he’s still more healthy but believes Wright-Baker will likely be available.
“He did a lot more today,” Wilson said of Wright-Baker. “… He looks good. He’s definitely practiced. Dusty’s still got the bulk of it. He might get them all. I haven’t really spoke to the offensive coaches. I would presume at this second that we’ll start with Dusty, but Ed looked good enough today. We’ll talk about it tonight and see if it changes.”
Wilson said that freshman D’Angelo Roberts was back to practice full time for the first time Wednesday after missing a week. Wilson said he did some work Monday and at the end of last week but sort of regressed. He said JUCO transfer Stephen Houston and redshirt freshman Matt Perez have had the bulk of the carries. He said South graduate and walk-on David Blackwell is also available with the team low on backs. Turner and Banks make five running backs who have left the program since last season. The others are Zach Davis-Walker, Darius Willis and Xavier Whitaker.