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Indiana's Tandon Doss to miss opener

We'll find out Thursday night just how deep Indiana will be at wide receiver in 2010.

The Hoosiers will open the season without first-team All-Big Ten receiver Tandon Doss, who will miss the Towson game because of a lingering groin issue. Doss, who led Indiana and finished third in the Big Ten in both receptions (77) and receiving yards (962) as a sophomore last season, should be back after the bye week for a Sept. 18 road game against Western Kentucky.

"He's been day to day," coach Bill Lynch told reporters Monday night in Bloomington, "but I thought in fairness to him and probably the other guys, he's just not making the progress that he needs to to play Thursday night at full speed."

The only upside of Doss' absence is that Indiana will be able to evaluate its other receivers in featured roles. Junior Damarlo Belcher and senior Terrance Turner are expected to take steps in 2010, and redshirt freshman Duwyce Wilson will start in Doss' spot.

Indiana shouldn't have trouble beating Towson, and strong debut by those three wideouts should make the passing game even more dangerous when Doss returns.