Big Ten: Jarrod Smith

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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

Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game at Northwestern (Big Ten Network, noon ET).

OUT
  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder
  • DE Fred Jones, foot
  • LB Will Patterson, hand
  • CB Donnell Jones, elbow
  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow
  • DT Jarrod Smith, back
  • RB Zach Davis-Walker, foot
QUESTIONABLE
  • OL Pete Saxon, ankle
PROBABLE

Much like Northwestern, Indiana is having injuries pile up on the defensive side. Patterson is a big loss at linebacker, as he ranks third on the team in tackles (40). Indiana's depth at cornerback also will be tested with both Jones and Adkins missing the game. Fifth-year senior Justin Carrington will get the start for Patterson at weakside linebacker. Saxon's availability will be important, as he missed last week's game after hurting the ankle Oct. 10 at Virginia. Senior Mike Reiter would start his second straight game at right guard if Saxon can't go. Willis, who has been upgraded from questionable last week, would be a big boost for the Hoosiers' run game.

Indiana injury report

October, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday's game against Illinois (Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. ET).

OUT
  • DE Darius Johnson, shoulder
  • DE Fred Jones, foot
  • LB Leon Beckum, ankle
  • DT Jarrod Smith, back
  • CB Chris Adkins, elbow
  • RB Zach Davis-Walker, foot
QUESTIONABLE

The defense is a bit more banged up than last week, as both Adkins and Smith will miss the Illinois game. Adkins has appeared in all six games and recorded 14 tackles and an interception. His absence thins the Hoosiers' depth at cornerback. Willis missed last week's game and has dealt with ankle injuries since the preseason. It will also be interesting to see how the defense responds after several key contributors had the flu last week. Saxon, the team's starting right guard, didn't practice Monday. Junior Cody Faulkner would step in for Saxon at right guard. Willis is listed as the starter on this week's depth chart and would be replaced by Demetrius McCray and Trea Burgess.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana's spring practice session came to a close Saturday with the annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. The Crimson squad, made up mainly of the first-team defense and second-team offense, outlasted the Cream team 28-27 after Trea Burgess was stopped short on a 2-point conversion try.

After a spring filled with changes for the Hoosiers' offense, the unit had mixed results in the spring game.

Starting quarterback Ben Chappell reportedly struggled to find a rhythm, particularly on deep passes, and the Cream team offense didn't do much until the fourth quarter. Chappell still finished the day with decent numbers (14-for-22, 205 yards, two touchdowns).

The best news came at the running back spot, as Burgess, Demetrius McCray and Darius Willis combined for 256 rush yards and four touchdowns on only 33 carries in the spring game. Burgess, who had a solid spring, could be closing in on the starting running back spot, while Willis, a stud recruit who battled injuries for much of the spring, rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 17-yard burst.

Another running back, senior Bryan Payton, took a swing pass from Chappell and raced 46 yards for a touchdown with 43 seconds left in the game.

"We're trying to run more power football," Indiana coach Bill Lynch told reporters. "That's what it comes down to. It's going downhill. We've got our offensive linemen in a three-point stance and we're coming off the ball."

The offense's up-and-down day indicates better things are ahead for a Hoosiers defense that ranked last in the Big Ten in most meaningful categories last fall.

Other notes from Indiana's spring game:

  • Converted quarterback Kellen Lewis led the Cream team with five receptions (52 yards), while Tandon Doss led the squad in receiving yards with 61. Damarlo Belcher also turned in a decent performance. Expect to see Lewis, Doss and Belcher as the starting wideouts this fall.
  • Defensive tackle will be a position to watch going forward, and reserve Larry Black Jr. stepped up in the spring game with six tackles and a game-high two sacks. Converted offensive lineman Jarrod Smith also had a sack for the Crimson team.
  • Injuries continue to gnaw at Indiana's offensive line, which had only 10 healthy bodies for the game. The defensive line also was missing several key players, namely end Jammie Kirlew and tackle Deonte Mack.
  • The defense finished the spring strong, as linebacker Matt Mayberry and cornerback Chris Adkins led the way with eight tackles each. Safety Kyle Dietrick intercepted third-string quarterback Adam Follett for the game's lone turnover. Seven different defenders recorded sacks.
  • Indiana can feel a bit better about its quarterback depth after the spring game, as backup Teddy Schell completed 9 of 11 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
  • More of an overall comment here, but I definitely noticed a different attitude from Indiana's players this spring after going 3-9 in 2008. Time will tell if this historically poor program can get on track again, but there's definitely a renewed sense of urgency among players like Lewis, Mayberry and defensive end Greg Middleton. The Hoosiers might just surprise some people this fall.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

There aren't many FBS players who volunteer to switch positions, much less in their senior seasons. Add in the fact that Ray Fisher led Indiana in receptions last fall (42) and finished second (52) in 2007, and it's clear he fits a pretty unique mold.

Fisher told The (Bloomington) Herald-Times that he offered to switch to cornerback this spring after starting the last two seasons at wide receiver. Fisher played both cornerback and wide receiver in high school but has strictly played offense for Indiana in his first three seasons.

The full Q&As with Fisher, defensive tackle Jarrod Smith (a converted guard) and co-defensive coordinators Joe Palcic and Brian George can be found here (subscription required).

Q: Did you catch the coaches by surprise when you approached them about the position switch?

A: No, I've always been talking to [defensive backs] coach [Joe] Palcic about it. I've always messed with him like, 'Let me get on D.' Last year, at the end of the season, we had all the injuries, and against Penn State I was like, 'Coach, you want to use me?'

It's impressive to see Fisher make the move for the team's best interest. Indiana lost all four starting defensive backs to injuries last fall, and depth certainly was a concern coming out of the season. Fisher steps right in as a starter and should play a major role on a defense that finished last in the Big Ten in yards allowed (432.2 ypg) in 2008.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Injuries depleted Indiana last season, and the health report continues to expand heading into spring ball. 

Hoosiers head coach Bill Lynch announced Monday that All-Big Ten defensive end Jammie Kirlew will sit out spring drills after undergoing sports hernia surgery during spring break. Kirlew had dealt with the problem throughout last season, when he ranked second in the Big Ten in sacks (10.5) and third in tackles for loss (19.5). The senior will be back for preseason camp.

"He didn't get any better and it progressed with the soreness, so he had surgery done," Lynch said. 

Junior offensive lineman Alex Perry also will miss spring ball after suffering a knee injury during the team's conditioning program. Perry, the team's starting center for the first five games of 2008, will undergo surgery in early April and should be back for preseason camp.

Lynch already had announced that starting defensive tackle Deonte Mack would miss the spring after undergoing hip surgery.

The other big news was Ray Fisher being listed on Indiana's pre-spring depth chart as a starter at cornerback. Fisher hasn't played the position since high school, starting two years at wide receiver and leading the team in receptions (42) last fall. 

Junior Jarrod Smith also is listed as a starter at defensive tackle after switching from offensive guard.

"Ray has been a three-year starter as an offensive guy, and you don't move a three-year starter to be a backup in respect to Ray," Lynch said. "Now, if it doesn't work out, we know he can move back with the offense in a heartbeat. He certainly has proved himself as an offensive player. That is just a formality of what you do. Really, Jarrod Smith is the same way."

Safeties Austin Thomas and Nick Polk, both of whom suffered knee injuries last year, will participate in some individual drills this spring. Lynch is still waiting to see how much linebacker Will Patterson (wrist) can do this spring.  

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Offensive lineman Jordan Marquette from Fullerton Community College in California has signed with Indiana, the team announced today. 

The 6-3, 295-pound Marquette becomes the 19th member of Indiana's incoming class and will compete right away for playing time on the offensive line. He lettered two seasons at Fullerton and was named the team's offensive lineman of the year last fall. 

Injuries plagued Indiana up front in 2008, and the Hoosiers remain fairly young on the line. Depth is also a concern with Jarrod Smith and Milton Owens moving from offensive line to defensive line, so Marquette should have an excellent chance to play immediately. 

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Hours before tonight's State of the Union address, Indiana head coach Bill Lynch gave a State of the Hoosiers address early today.

Check out the full rundown of personnel departures, position changes and injuries -- trust me, there are plenty -- in Doug Wilson's blog post on The (Bloomington) Herald Times' Web site.

Here are some of the key points:

  • Defensive tackles and brothers Keith and Kevin Burrus are among the eight players to leave the program during the offseason. Keith Burrus appeared in 12 games last fall for Indiana, while Kevin played in seven contests. Both players decided against playing a fifth year, and their departures thin Indiana's interior line depth for 2009. Indiana already lost another defensive tackle, Jeff Boyd, earlier in the offseason. As a result, the Hoosiers moved offensive linemen Jarrod Smith and Milton Owens to defensive tackle. None of the other players leaving the team had critical roles.
  • Seven players have switched positions from offense to defense in an effort to help a unit that has struggled for most of this decade. The biggest move is Ray Fisher, who switches from wide receiver to cornerback. Fisher led Indiana in receptions (42) and touchdown catches (five) last year. He played defensive back in high school and recorded four interceptions as a junior.
  • Injuries killed Indiana in 2008 and will continue to linger during spring ball, as several starters will sit out. The Hoosiers' spring sick bay includes safeties Austin Thomas (knee) and Nick Polk (knee), linebacker Will Patterson (wrist), defensive tackle Deonte Mack (hip surgery) and punter Chris Hagerup (knee).
  • Former All-Big Ten quarterback Kellen Lewis will be a bit of a nomad this spring, moving from position to position. He'll continue to play some quarterback but could see more time at wide receiver.

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