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.