Big Ten: Jarrell Drane

Indiana has released its depth chart for Saturday's season opener against Ball State. Not surprisingly, the chart includes co-starters at quarterback in Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker. The sophomores have been competing for the job with true freshman Tre Roberson, who isn't listed on the two-deep.

Some other notes:
  • Two likely starters, wide receiver Duwyce Wilson and tight end Ted Bolser, aren't listed on the depth chart. Both have been battling injuries during camp. Senior Dre Muhammad is listed as the starter in Wilson's spot ahead of freshman Shane Wynn, while senior Max Dedmond will start at tight end.
  • Redshirt freshman Matt Perez, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, is listed as the No. 1 running back ahead of Stephen Houston. Junior Darius Willis is suspended for the opener for conduct detrimental to the team.
  • Redshirt freshman Ryan Phillis is listed as a starter at defensive end ahead of veteran Fred Jones. He'll play opposite Darius Johnson. Indiana seems to have some good depth at the defensive tackle position.
  • Another redshirt freshman, Chase Hoobler, has secured a starting job for the opener at strong-side linebacker. He'll join senior linebackers Jeff Thomas and Leon Beckum in the starting lineup.
  • No major surprises in the starting secondary as sophomores Lawrence Barnett and Greg Heban are listed as the top corners and fifth-year seniors Chris Adkins and Jarrell Drane are listed as the No. 1 safeties.
  • Wynn and Perez are listed as the top kick returners, as Indiana must replace the dynamic Tandon Doss on special teams.

Some interesting stuff here. Youth will be served this season in Bloomington as 14 true freshmen or redshirt freshmen appear on the depth chart.
Here are the official injury report from both Michigan and Indiana for Saturday's games against Massachusetts and Western Kentucky:

MICHIGAN (vs. Massachusetts)

Out
  • OL John Ferrara, hand
  • LB Brandon Herron, ankle
  • LB/S Carvin Johnson, knee
  • LB Mike Jones, leg
  • S Jared Van Slyke, clavicle (out for season)
  • S Mike Williams, head
  • CB Troy Woolfolk, ankle
Questionable
Probable
INDIANA (at Western Kentucky)


Out
  • S Chris Adkins, ankle
  • S Jarrell Drane, knee
  • K Nick Freeland, hip
  • DE Darius Johnson, hamstring
  • RB Matt Perez, knee (ACL, out for season)
Probable
Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game at No. 18 Penn State (Big Ten Network, noon ET).

OUT
  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder
  • DT Jarrod Smith, back
  • CB Ray Fisher, knee
  • S Jarrell Drane, thigh
  • OL Cody Faulkner, shoulder
QUESTIONABLE
  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow
  • DE Terrance Thomas, shoulder
  • LB Tyler Replogle, head
  • S Austin Thomas, shoulder
  • RB Darius Willis, ankle
PROBABLE
  • DT Mick Mentzer, back

The Hoosiers are very banged up in the secondary, as they'll be without their top cover man (Fisher) for the second consecutive game. Thomas is a starter who will be missed if he can't play, and safeties Nick Polk and Jerimy Finch also dealt with injuries in recent weeks. The Hoosiers need Adkins on the field against Penn State's big wide receivers. Willis, who leads Indiana with 465 rush yards and six touchdowns, has battled ankle problems throughout his career. Replogle ranks second on the team with 75 tackles. Redshirt freshman Chad Sherer is listed as Replogle's backup on this week's depth chart.

Indiana injury report: Fisher out

November, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's home game against No. 21 Wisconsin (Big Ten Network, noon ET).

OUT
  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder
  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow
  • DT Jarrod Smith, back
  • CB Ray Fisher, knee
  • S Jarrell Drane, thigh
  • OL Cody Faulkner, shoulder
  • DE Terrance Thomas, shoulder
QUESTIONABLE
  • S Jerimy Finch, hamstring
PROBABLE
  • RB Zach Davis-Walker, foot
  • S Nick Polk, ankle
  • RB Darius Willis, ankle
  • DE Fred Jones, foot

Fisher is a big loss for Indiana. He's the team's top cover corner and a very dangerous kick return man, leading the Big Ten and ranking fourth nationally in return average (37.4 yards per return). Wide receiver Tandon Doss and running back Demetrius McCray will handle return duties Saturday. The Hoosiers are thin at cornerback with Adkins out and Donnell Jones also battling an elbow injury. Adrian Burks will get the start in Fisher's spot, with Richard Council serving as his backup. The news is more promising on both Polk and Willis, two starters whom the Hoosiers will need to upset the Badgers. Polk sat out last week's game against Iowa and Indiana endured several critical breakdowns in the secondary down the stretch.

Indiana injury report

October, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game at No. 4 Iowa (ESPN, noon ET).

OUT
  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder
  • RB Zach Davis-Walker, foot
  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow
  • DT Jarrod Smith, back
DOUBTFUL
  • S Jerimy Finch, hamstring
  • S Jarrell Drane, thigh
QUESTIONABLE
  • DE Fred Jones, foot
PROBABLE
  • LB Will Patterson, hand
  • CB Donnell Jones, elbow

A few more names on the report this week, but both Patterson and Jones have been upgraded, which bodes well for Indiana against the Hawkeyes. Safety depth could be a concern if both Finch and Drane sit, so Indiana needs Austin Thomas and Nick Polk to stay healthy on Saturday. Jones is expected to start the game despite dealing with a dislocated elbow. Patterson sat out last week but ranks fifth on the team in tackles (40).

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Two Indiana players facing charges in connection with a robbery last month will not return to the team. 

Hoosiers head coach Bill Lynch announced today that offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler and cornerback Cortez Smith won't return to the squad for spring practice. Smith faces felony robbery and burglary charges, while Zeigler was charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary. 

Lynch also announced that defensive lineman Jeff Boyd will pursue other options and not return to the team. Boyd had no connection with the alleged robbery. 

Football players Darius Johnson and Jarrell Drane also were named in a probable cause affidavit relating to the robbery, but their status on the team has not changed.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana freshman cornerback Courtney "Cortez" Smith was formally charged Monday with robbery resulting in bodily injury and burglary, stemming from a Dec. 17 incident. Another man, Lazell C. McClellon, was charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury, burglary, resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Smith has been suspended indefinitely from the team. 

Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, the story doesn't end there. 

Three more football players have been named in a probable cause affidavit relating to the Dec. 17 robbery. All of the players are redshirt freshmen: offensive lineman Dennis Zeigler, safety Jarrell Drane and linebacker Darius Johnson. 

The robbery victims stated in the affidivit that Zeigler was at their house smoking marijuana with them when the incident occurred. The victims believe Zeigler was involved because he appeared intimidated when the robbers appeared and shut the front door to the house while the robbery was in progress, preventing anyone from witnessing the incident.

The affidavit reads: "[One of the victims] advised that he thought it was strange that Mr. Zeigler, who is 6'7" and 300 pounds was intimidated to the point that he was unable to do anything but lay on the ground when two, approximately 6' tall, thin males, entered the residence without displaying any weapons."

From The Bloomington Herald-Times' (subscription required):

According to the affidavit, police later interviewed Zeigler who told them he helped set up the crime for Smith and McClellon. During an interview with Detective Jarred Burns, Zeigler said 'Elz' [McClellon] talked about wanting to 'hit a lick,' which is a slang term used to describe a robbery or burglary. At the time, Zeigler said he didn't know 'Elz' real name. Police later learned that Elz was McClellon.

Zeigler said McClellon asked if he knew anyone they could rob, so he offered up the two victims who lived nearby, the affidavit stated. Zeigler then said he called Smith to help with the plan.

'They concocted a plan in which Elz came up with a plan that Mr. Zeigler would act as if he was a victim hanging out with them at the apartment and Elz and Courtney Smith would come into the apartment without weapons and just pull off a robbery in which they would take the drugs and other merchandise they had,' the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Zeigler told police that after the robbery, he joined McClellon in an apartment occupied by Johnson and Drane. The affidavit also stated that after McClellon was arrested, Johnson refused to tell police McClellon's real name. 

Johnson and Drane don't face any charges at this time.

So far, Indiana head coach Bill Lynch has only addressed Smith's status, saying the freshman "faces serious allegations of misconduct that in my opinion require immediate action."

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