Dutra’s availability unclear for next week #iufb

Indiana hopes Chase Dutra can be the leader of its young secondary, but his 2015 debut will have to wait.

Dutra missed Saturday’s 48-47 win over Southern Illinois with an undisclosed injury. IU coach Kevin Wilson declined to discuss the specifics of Dutra’s situation, but indicated that whatever is bothering the redshirt sophomore is not believed to be major.

“It kind of happened during the week and (he) slowly just didn’t have anything,” Wilson said.

Wilson was evasive when asked about Dutra’s injury and did not say whether he expects him back for next week’s game against Florida International.

“We’ll see,” Wilson said. “He’ll need to practice. … (He’s) a solid guy but we kind of like some of those young guys.”

Kiante Walton took Dutra’s spot at free safety, making his first career start. Freshman Jonathan Crawford started opposite Walton in a safety package that also rotated Tony Fields and Mario Swann into the mix.

Dutra’s loss was felt on a day when defensive breakdowns and blown coverages were the norm for IU. Indiana’s coaches have called Dutra the quarterback of Indiana’s young secondary, though his presence was not totally unaccounted for.

“It felt like he was on the field,” said Crawford, who made eight tackles and saved a potential touchdown on the first play of the game. “He was on the sidelines talking to us every time we came off. It was really helpful.”

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  1. This week should be a week the defensive players can’t wait to hit the field and work on the correctable problems that cropped up against SIU. Often a team improves more following a close win than they do a loss or big win.

    I hope Dutra, Scales, and Latham are back so we can see how the defense plays with its top three players back. There are big areas to improve so they need to use every minute they have to get better on defense.

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