Thursday, August 2, 2012
IU suspends Hughes, Barnett for a game
By Adam Rittenberg
Indiana opened preseason camp Thursday morning, and the team announced several roster updates, including one-game suspensions for two starters.
Top wide receiver Kofi Hughes and cornerback Lawrence Barnett, along with reserve safety Forisse Hardin, will miss one game because of an undisclosed violation of team rules. Indiana hasn't specified which game they'll sit out.
Hughes and Barnett are both significant pieces. Hughes led the Hoosiers with 35 catches for 536 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. Barnett made nine starts last season and recorded 46 tackles, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovered and returned for a touchdown.
Hardin started two games last season and had 17 tackles and an interception.
It'll be interesting to see which game they miss. The opener with Indiana State seems like a decent bet.
Some other Hoosiers' roster notes:
- Running back Matt Perez (back), tight end Paul Phillips (ankle), linebacker Ishmael Thomas (shoulder) and tight end Jordan Jackson (knee) will miss preseason camp because of injuries. Perez, who has battled injuries for much of his career, had 58 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns last season. "We look forward to getting these men back on the field as soon as possible," coach Kevin Wilson said in a news release.
- Incoming defensive line recruit Adam Kranda didn't report to camp because of a personal issue. "It is our intention to work with him to have him here in the near future," Wilson said. "Adam has a bright future and will be a valuable piece on our defensive line."
- Wide receiver Jay McCants has been dismissed from the team for an unspecified rules violation, while safety Shaquille Jefferson and wide receiver Logan Young have left the program and will seek transfers. McCants had six receptions for 54 yards last season, while Jefferson played in five games last season, mostly on special teams.
- Indiana added 18 walk-ons to the program Thursday.