Freshman tight end Evan Jansen has left the program, IU coach Kevin Wilson said after practice on Tuesday. The freshman from Moeller High School in the Cincinnati area was ranked the No. 41 tight end nationally by ESPN.com and was part of a state championship team at Moeller as a senior, but apparently didn’t make it very far at IU.
“He after a week decided he didn’t want to play, so he’s left,” Wilson said. “I don’t think he plans to come to school here, although we left it open. He’s left the team right now. It was kind of a voluntary deal, just did it after he was here for five practices. I don’t know if he made it to a two-a-day. We’ll see how it goes moving forward. I kind of sensed his mind was made up. We talked to his family. If he wants to come back he can. He said he liked it here, but I don’t know if he was in to playing ball. We’ll see.”
The Hoosiers still have tight end depth without him. Senior Ted Bolser is back as a starter, sophomore Anthony Corsaro is a backup, and Wilson said he’s been pleased with freshman Danny Friend.
“Even with Evan leaving, you don’t like that, we did sign two,” Wilson said. “Danny is actually one of the better freshman we’ve got. He’s probably going to play.”
— The Hoosiers have stayed mostly healthy through preseason practice so far, but they have a few modestly significant injuries to report. Defensive tackle Chris Cormier suffered a knee injury in a walk-through according to Wilson and had to have arthroscopic knee surgery. That is, of course, significantly less invasive than it once was, and the junior college transfer is only expected to miss 1-2 weeks. However, he also missed most of summer workouts, which puts the 6-foot-2, 315 pounds behind schedule.
“We’ll get him back, but he missed the bulk of summer,” Wilson said. “Now missing this. He’s showed some quickness, but he’s missing all this really good time.”
Wilson said cornerback Rashard Fant, a freshman and four-star recruit, has a hamstring injury that has cost him some time. Wide receiver Ricky Jones also missed Tuesday’s practice with a shoulder injury, but Wilson said that’s minor and should only cost him another day or so.
Defensive end David Kenney, linebackers David Cooper and Steven Funderburke and left guard Bernard Taylor all missed time earlier in the preseason with minor injuries, but all of them were on the field on Tuesday.
— The Hoosiers scrimmaged on Saturday and Wilson said he was generally pleased with that.
“We took a lot of time to really try to get the guys focused on what we were trying to do,” Wilson said. “Which was really run the ball a lot and try to play better run defense and be more physical. For the most part, for an early one, it was OK. We’ve gotta keep building on it. We did a lot of it. We’re going to keep building on it. … The offense has some playmakers that can make some plays. The offensive line is better, but we need physical presences on offense, and it’s well known that we’ve gotta play better defense and in this league it starts with playing good run defense. We tried to start that. It can be better, and we’ll see how it goes this week.”