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Thursday, July 7, 2011
IU adds junior college running back

By Brian Bennett

I had a chance to catch up with first-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson on Thursday afternoon, and he told me the Hoosiers have a new addition in the backfield.

Stephen Houston, a junior college transfer who had signed with North Carolina in February, arrived in Bloomington this week. He's a 5-foot-10, 225-pounder who played at Independence (Kan.) College last season, where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He originally signed with Ole Miss out of high school in the Cincinnati area but did not qualify. He did not gain admission to North Carolina and was left looking for a new school this spring.

"He had to take a math course to get admitted here," Wilson said. "He just graduated [from Independence] and showed up here and was admitted."

The Hoosiers could use some more options at running back, which was like a walking wounded list this spring. Darius Willis and Antonio Banks didn't practice while healing from injuries, leaving Nick Turner and Matt Perez to get the bulk of the reps. Incoming freshman D'Angelo Roberts will join Houston as newcomers to the position this summer.

"We have some bodies now," Wilson said. "I'm anxious to see Willis and Banks to see if they're healthy. Hopefully when it shakes out, we'll have two or three, because we're going to need more than one running back to play. You'd like to think with six bodies that you'd get a couple or three to stick."

I'll have more from Wilson later this afternoon.