Thursday, October 6, 2011
IU's Wilson confirms player departures
By Adam Rittenberg
Most coaching transitions bring roster attrition, and Indiana has endured a mini-player exodus.
Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson confirmed the departures of three players and the indefinite suspension of another. Running backs Nick Turner and Antonio Banks and defensive tackle Marlandez Harris all recently have left the program.
Banks was one of just two true freshmen to play last season, appearing in 10 games before suffering a torn ACL. Both he and Turner had been viewed as potential answers to Indiana's chronic problems in the run game. Harris redshirted the 2010 season.
Wilson also said cornerback Peter St. Fort is indefinitely suspended following his arrest early Sunday on charges of drunken driving and marijuana possession.
The typically candid Wilson didn't hold back in describing why Turner, who had been moved to defensive back but returned to offense and had a carry last week against Penn State, left the team.
"He came in and said he didn’t want to play," Wilson said. "Thought it was a good choice because he hadn’t been practicing hard. … He came in to practice Monday, dressed and then took his clothes off and went home. Came in Tuesday and said he didn't want to play. Said he'd been thinking about it for a month or two. I said, 'Well, the way you were practicing, that's why you weren't starting at running back. That's why we put you on defense. You hadn’t made any clicks there. That’s why we put you on special teams took you off special teams.' Because he’s been going through the motions, because he's not physical. He's a nice kid. He's got good talent. He's a smart young man. I just don’t know if he wants to play. I kinda thought it was a good choice. Wished him well, had no issues."
None of the departures should sting too much, although Indiana is now down three running backs (Turner, Banks, Darius Willis) and hasn't established much of a rushing attack.