Kevin Wilson announced on his radio show Wednesday that sophomore Laray Smith is moving to cornerback.
It’s a bit of an unexpected move and Wilson did not specify a reason for the switch. Smith, a four-time All-American sprinter in high school, possesses home-run speed and big play possibilities as a running back. Now, the 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore will see if he can harness all of those attributes in the opposite backfield.
“He’s learning how to play corner,” Wilson said on the show. “He’s a little bit of a fish out of water there, but we think we’ve found a niche for him. We’ll see him on special teams this year, and we think he’ll be an excellent corner prospect in years to come.”
The Staten Island product played sparingly on offense last season. Playing behind Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston, Smith had just four carries and did not play after the Missouri game in late September.
Wilson also said that D’Angelo Roberts will be the backup running back and Myles Graham is slotted as the No. 3, as expected. We mentioned this a couple days ago, but freshman Tommy Mister underwent knee surgery Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season. He will take a redshirt.
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There was the blowout, then there was the hit.
One of the lasting snapshots from last year’s 73-35 Indiana win over Indiana State was Carlos Aviles’ cheap shot on Shane Wynn during a third-quarter punt return. With the Hoosiers already up by 24 points, Wynn was positioned deep in IU territory to field a punt with 9:12 left in the third. He was still tracking the ball through the air when Aviles launched himself into Wynn’s upper body, knocking the IU return man to the ground.
Flags flew immediately, as Wynn rolled on the ground in shock. What was left of an announced crowd of 40,278 began to boo, and Aviles was ejected from the game under the new targeting rules.
Aviles won’t be with Indiana State on Saturday afternoon. He transferred to Division II Colorado Mesa last winter. As for Wynn, he’s moved on.
“There’s no bad blood,” Wynn said.
Here’s the replay, from BTN.com:
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Confidence is the missing ingredient for Indiana’s revamped defense, Mike wrote.
Emmitt Holt officially became a Hoosier on Tuesday, Mike reports.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana football finds itself trying to live up to expectations of success, Andy Profett writes for the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
A young IU soccer team will have its hands full with a difficult schedule, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Former IU golfer Steve Wheatcraft can breathe easy after earning his PGA Tour card again, Jonathon Batuello of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Indiana wide receiver Caleb Cornett was not charged because a second party instigated the fight that left Cornett in jail for several hours, the Indiana Daily Student reports.
Ex-Hoosier kicker Mitch Ewald failed to impress the Denver Broncos and was cut on Tuesday, Arnie Stapleton of The Coloradoan writes.
A trio of IU football in-state commits made their senior debuts last Friday, Ben Faunce of AllHoosiers.com writes.
3. WHAT IN THE MANTI TEO?
USC is investigating to see if Josh Shaw’s story of heroism is true or a fabrication to cover an incident involving police, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Say it ain’t so, Josh Shaw —— Fleetwood Mac with “Little Lies.”
Max Hoetzel talked last fall about the magic he felt sending his first shot through a basket at Assembly Hall.
He also should’ve mentioned this memorable shot at Pauley Pavilion.
Last night, Hoetzel’s father, Holger, tweeted this video of 7-year-old Max at a show in 2003. He’s seen high-fiving Globetrotters and swishing a free throw. And high-fiving more Globetrotters.
Only days ago, Mitch Ewald seemed to be in position to break camp as an NFL kicker. Those odds took a hit on Tuesday when the Denver Broncos cut the former Indiana specialist.
Matt Prater, Denver’s No. 1 kicker, was recently hit with a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The ban appeared to open the door for Ewald to step in as the temporary fill-in.
But that door closed on Tuesday when Denver traded a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the New York Giants in exchange for kicker Brandon McManus.
It’s safe to say Ewald’s chances of making the squad were hurt when he missed a 36-yard field goal in Saturday’s 18-17 exhibition loss against Houston. Ewald hit a 22-yard field goal last week at San Francisco, while connecting on all five of his extra point attempts over three preseason games.
He was signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent on July 23.
Emmitt Holt’s addition to the Indiana basketball program is official, according to a department release.
Quotes from IU coach Tom Crean:
“We are excited to bring Emmitt to Indiana at such a late date. We determined that we needed another quality player up front and we were able to uncover Emmitt’s potential availability. He is coming off a very impressive high school season and also an outstanding spring and summer with the Albany City Rocks. He would have been a high level recruit this coming year and we are happy to have him now.
“Emmitt has a plus 7 wingspan which he uses to rebound, score around the basket, and block and alter shots. His energy and competitiveness come to life quickly when you watch him. We are very impressed with his feet, touch and feel for the game and look forward to his ever growing development.
“Chuck Martin utilized his vast network of connections to find Emmitt and we are excited about this. Chuck brings the whole package to Indiana and has the ability to identify players and their upsides, which adds to what we are about.”