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Two key Indiana starters out for Iowa game

10/20/2011

Indiana very nearly beat Iowa last year in Bloomington, but Damarlo Belcher dropped a potential game-winning touchdown in the final minute. Unfortunately for Belcher, he probably won't get a chance to make amends this week in Iowa City.

IU coach Kevin Wilson said on Wednesday night that Belcher, the team's leading receiver, likely won't be ready to play after he suffered a knee sprain last week against Wisconsin, the Bloomington Herald reports.

"He’s out there a little bit, but I don’t think he’s going to play,” Wilson told reporters. “He’s halfway jogging-running, but he really hasn’t timed up plays. I’m of the opinion he’s probably not dressing and playing. I guess we can see as we move forward, but to me when a guy hasn’t timed up reps and we have enough other guys, he’s probably out of the mix.”

Indiana is deep at receiver, with players like Kofi Hughes and Duwyce Wilson able to make up for Belcher's production. But Kevin Wilson has criticized the wideouts' play as a whole recently.

The Hoosiers also will likely be without center Will Matte, who has started all 31 games in his career. Matte also is dealing with a knee problem that flared up against the Badgers last week.

"He’s always been reasonably steady with the snap,” Wilson said. “You’re just losing a guy that’s played a couple of years pretty steady. Hopefully he’s just a week or two away.”

Redshirt freshman Collin Rahrig would take over for Matte at center.

This wasn't going to be an easy game for the Hoosiers (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten), and the challenge now looks even more difficult.