Indiana secondary coach/co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic wasn’t sure how he was going to split time among his six cornerbacks.
Thanks to Chris Adkins’ injured ankle, his decisions will be a little easier, but his job could be harder.
The redshirt junior safety suffered the injury in Saturday’s scrimmage and had to be carried off the field. Indiana coach Bill Lynch, who met with the media before an Indiana Tailgate Tour event in Bloomington, didn’t categorize the injury and couldn’t say how long Adkins would be out. However, he did say the injury would require surgery and that it would cost him some significant time.
“He’s going to miss games,” Lynch said. “He’s gonna have some surgery on Wednesday. We’re hopeful we’ll get him back somewhere during the year.”
Redshirt junior safety Jarrell Drane has also been out with a knee injury, which leaves the Hoosiers in sudden need of depth at the position. To combat that, Lynch said he would move redshirt freshman Lawrence Barnett and JUCO transfer Lenyatta Kiles from cornerback to safety.
“They’re both tough guys,” Lynch said. “They’re both good tacklers. And somebody had to. I’m not saying the other guys were clearly ahead of them, but we thought that was the first thing we would try. We’ll see how it works out. We know they can go back and play corner because they’ve got a lot of quality reps, but we just wanted to see how they would fit inside.”
Lynch addressed some other position concerns. He said junior Fred Jones has established himself as the anchor defensive end and redshirt junior Darius Johnson and sophomore Kevin Bush will rotate as the drop defensive ends. He said redshirt junior Andrew McDonald is ahead of the game at left tackle, but the guard positions are still up for grabs among Justin Pagan, Cody Faulkner, Marc Damisch and South grad Aaron Price.
Lynch also said the backup quarterback spot has not been decided yet. He said Dusty Kiel and Edward Wright-Baker “keep going back and forth.”
Also, Lynch said freshman wide receiver Kofi Hughes and freshman linebacker Chase Hoobler would likely be on the travel roster and would not be playing on the scout team. Hughes thumb injury, for which he wears a cast during practice, will likely keep him off the field for some time, but they appear to be the true freshmen with the best chance to play.