Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Unfortunate end for Damarlo Belcher at IU
By Adam Rittenberg
Damarlo Belcher was full of optimism back at Big Ten football media day.
The Indiana senior wide receiver had just been named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and the Big Ten's players to watch list after leading the league in receptions (78) in 2010. He talked about passing up the NFL draft to stay at IU for his senior season, in large part because he wanted to play in coach Kevin Wilson's receiver-friendly offense. He also looked forward to helping lead a young team through another transition.
But things didn't work out for Belcher, who had only 25 receptions through the first seven games and missed time with a knee injury. Minutes before kickoff against Northwestern on Saturday, Indiana announced Belcher had been suspended for violating team rules.
The team announced Monday in a one-sentence news release that Belcher had been dismissed from the program for the same violation.
Belcher finishes his career with 189 receptions, just two shy of James Hardy's team record.
It's sad to see things end this way for Belcher, a very productive player the past two seasons.
Making matters worse for IU, Wilson said Monday on his radio show that receiver Duwyce Wilson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered in the Northwestern game. Wilson had 17 receptions for 217 yards this year.
A Hoosiers offense seemingly hitting its stride under freshman quarterback Tre Roberson will be without its top two receivers the rest of the way, beginning Saturday at Ohio State.