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Willis' injury really stings run-deprived IU

Indiana's quest to get more balance in its offense just got a lot harder.

The Hoosiers will play the rest of the season without top running back Darius Willis, who will undergo surgery Oct. 20 to repair a patellar tendon injury. Willis missed last week's game at Ohio State with a groin injury, according to the Indiana injury report, but coach Bill Lynch said this week that the sophomore also has been dealing with a nagging knee problem.

You have to feel for Willis, who just can't buy a break when it comes to injuries. Ankle issues have kept him sidelined on more than one occasion, and now he'll be out for some time following knee surgery.

Indiana has been trying to balance out its offense, which ranks 10th nationally in passing (306.8 ypg) but 106th in rushing (99.2 ypg). The team switched to the pistol offense two years ago with the hope of sparking its rush attack, but the results haven't been there yet.

Willis led Indiana with 278 rush yards and four touchdowns this fall.

The Hoosiers now turn to Trea Burgess, Nick Turner and others to spark their ground game.