Sophomore defensive end Darius Johnson didn’t play Saturday, he wasn’t on the depth chart Monday, and there’s a good chance he won’t return for sometime.
Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in last Wednesday’s practice that coach Bill Lynch said could be long-term.
“It’s unfortunate,” Lynch said. “He was really playing well. It was a practice injury, which, you hate to have practice injuries, but you’ve gotta practice hard, too. That’s an unfortunate one, because he was providing good depth at defensive end and particularly in pass rush situations and he was a very good special teams player. I don’t know how long, but it’s gonna be a while.”
Johnson injured the shoulder making a block on a kick return in practice. Long snapper Brandon Bugg, the player he hit, initially appeared to have taken the worst of it, but Johnson hasn’t played since. In three games, he’d registered eight tackles, including a sack, and a pass breakup. He was being used to give starters Greg Middleton and Jammie Kirlew a breather and to give the Hoosiers an extra rusher on obvious passing downs. (more…)
The silence on the bus told Bill Lynch that his team wasn’t satisfied with a close loss, and that was exactly what he wanted to hear.
Because that meant that Indiana didn’t mistake it’s closer-than-expected loss to Michigan on Saturday for a victory.
“You could tell on the locker room, you could tell on the bus, how quiet it was for five hours on the way home, that it really hurt,” Lynch said Monday night on his radio show. “To me, that’s a good sign. They prepared to win. They went out and it didn’t happen and they felt bad about it.”
According to an Indiana spokesman, and an Indiana release that’s coming out shortly, IU is down to about 1,000 student tickets and just over 5,000 reserve seat tickets for Saturday’s game against Ohio State. This game, of course, is always close to a sell-out, but IU’s performance against Michigan certainly helps.
Not that Indiana did anything Saturday to change his mind, but in case you’re wondering, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach still has Indiana headed for the Insight Bowl in his latest bowl projections. Bruce Feldman, though, still isn’t biting.
Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman has been suspended for Saturday’s game by the Big Ten for a late helmet to helmet hit against Illinois. You can read the Columbus Dispatch’s story on the suspension here.
Donnell Jones’ status for Saturday is unresolved and will be updated on IU’s injury report tomorrow, but the reason he isn’t on the depth chart is his hamstring injury, which he re-aggravated against Michigan.
Darius Willis’ big day against Michigan was enough to put the redshirt freshman atop the depth chart.
Senior Demeterius McCray had been the listed starter since the season opener, but after Willis ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan on Saturday he is listed first among running backs on IU’s depth chart, which was released Monday.
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