Thursday, August 1, 2013
Hoosiers lose two signees, starting CB
By Brian Bennett
As teams start to report for preseason practice, there are always some roster changes and departures. And so is the case for Indiana, which begins its fall practice on Friday.
The team announced Thursday afternoon that cornerback Antonio Marshall has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Marshall started the final seven games last season, recording two interceptions, and was listed as the starter on the Hoosiers' preseason depth chart. Though Kevin Wilson has some promising young defensive backs entering the program, losing an experienced player off a defense that struggled badly last year is not a great start to preseason camp.
Indiana also announced that signees Taj Williams and Maurice Swain would not enroll or be part of the team because of academics. Williams committed late to the Hoosiers after being thought to be leaning toward Auburn and was ranked as the No. 32 receiver and No. 224 overall prospect in the 2013 class by ESPN. Swain was a three-star defensive tackle from Georgia who is 6-6 and 300 pounds.
The Hoosiers still have a deep and talented receiving corps so they can absorb the Williams news, but the loss of Swain hurts because defensive tackle was thinned by the graduation of Adam Replogle and Larry Black Jr. Whether Swain would have gained any playing time early on is unknown, but he would have at least given Wilson another big body to work with there.
The team also announced that signee Daryl Chestnut, a running back from Miami, Fla., will be part of the 105-man roster but will not report for the start of camp as he completes his academic requirements.