Safety Kris Smith leaves IU, other football notes

Indiana is holding its football media day this morning at Memorial Stadium, meaning we’ll be briefed on some of the preseason changes to this year’s roster.

The first bit of news to arrive today is the departure of Kris Smith, a redshirt freshman safety from Georgia. We had a feeling this move might be coming when Smith’s name was not listed on the media guide rosters released at last week’s Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago.

“We thank Kris for his contributions,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “He leaves IU in good standing and we hope he finds success in the next phase of his career.”

The program also announced that signee Jermane Conyers has not fulfilled academic requirements and will not be a part of the team this season. Conyers will enroll at a junior college.

In addition to the departures, Wilson announced five new walk-ons to the program, all of them from within state borders: OL Blake Biesen (Valparaiso), LB Kyle Loechel (Cathedral), LB Owen Mattingly (Providence), K Ben Rice (Noblesville), LB Ryan Watercutter (Bishop Dwenger).

“We are coming off a very strong summer in which we made significant strides on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom,” Wilson said. “That is a credit to our players, Coach Hill and our strength and conditioning staff, and our medical and academics teams. We enter camp with no health issues and in good academic standing. Having said that, it is time to take the positive strides we have made in all of those departments and translate it into success on the field. That begins today.”


  1. How does Conyers departure affect depth along the defensive front? He appeared to have good size at 6’3″, and 290#. Looked like the appropriate size for a DE in the 3/4.

  2. Relative to ratings and expectations, I’d have to guess that Kris Smith is the bigger loss. He was a big Strong Safety coming out of HS. Probably had potential at linebacker with some additional size. Too bad he felt the need to get back closer to home. Unless he opts to transfer to a school in a lower division, it’ll be two years from HS before he get’s a chance to play. Also, I noticed that most of the schools that made offers to Kris out of HS were as far or farther away from home compared to B-town. UCF may be in the running, but if so, that’s another year sitting out.

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