Tag:Darius Willis
Posted on: September 1, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 6:46 pm

Indiana RB Darius Willis out for Ball State game

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Indiana Hoosiers don't have a whole lot going for them on offense, personnel-wise, so health and continuity are going to be critical for the Hoosiers' attack in the first year of the Kevin Wilson regime.

That mission to keep the offense healthy is off to a rocky start, however, as starting tailback Darius Willis is officially out for the Hoosiers' season opener against Ball State this Saturday. Here's more from The Hoosier Scoop:

Wilson said Willis, who has started the last two seasons, hasn’t had much action all preseason. He played in just four games last season before sitting out the rest of the season with several injuries, the critical one being a torn patella tendon in his knee that required surgery. Willis sat out all of spring practice, and has apparently had his action limited in August.

“He just hasn’t been practicing much,” Wilson said. “He’s just always been nicked and dinged, not able to go full go all the time. It’s kinda hard to go when you don’t practice.” 

It's likely that Willis would have missed this game anyhow, as he was facing a one-game suspension from Wilson after being involved in a domestic incident during the offseason. Willis was never charged with a crime, but Wilson deemed the incident "conduct detrimental to the team." 

Redshirt freshman Matt Perez, who missed last season with a torn ACL, has made his way to the top of the depth chart at tailback, and incoming juco back Stephen Houston will back Perez up for the time being. Don't be surprised to see Willis back in the mix pretty soon, however.

Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:23 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 8:39 pm

Denard does it again

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Denard Robinson is proving to be pretty adept at having monster games and leading game-winning drives.  After setting a Michigan school-record with 502 yards of total offense against Notre Dame last month, launching his name into the Heisman discussion, Robinson made sure he'll still be on top of everybody's list this week as well.

Robinson had another monster game against Indiana, throwing for 277 yards and rushing for another 218 , but it came down to another last minute drive.  After Indiana's Ben Chappell connected with Darius Willis for a 19-yard touchdown to tie the game 35-35 with 1:15 to play, Robinson came back out onto the field and did his thing.

There's never been any question about Robinson's legs and speed, but people wonder if he has the arm to be a big time college quarterback.  Maybe Robinson's 42-yard pass to Junior Hemingway to give Michigan a first and goal at the four with 21 seconds left will finally convince them he can throw.  Fittingly, Robinson would keep the ball to himself on the next snap and score the game-winning touchdown -- his fifth of the day.

There aren't enough superlatives to describe the Denard Robinson we've seen through the first five weeks of the college football season.  The kid is amazing and just a joy to watch.

Just give him the Heisman now.

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