Dimitric Camiel experienced a bowl game with Indiana last season.
He might enjoy another one again soon.
Should IU clinch postseason eligibility with a win over Purdue on Saturday, Camiel is hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the field by late December.
Surgery to repair a back injury suffered in mid-September robbed Indiana’s starting right tackle of his final season. Two months later, Camiel and IU coach Kevin Wilson are hopeful that the fifth-year senior may still have another game in him — and possibly a few more.
“(He) plays a couple games and gets hurt and loses his year and he’s not allowed to play, but he’s fighting to come back for a bowl game,” Wilson said on his weekly radio show Wednesday evening. “He has an opportunity to look at maybe a free agent opportunity. He can appeal for a sixth year. Does a guy want a sixth year of college football? It’s a lot of work. We’ll pursue all those things and do what’s best for him.”
The chance to play again this season hinges on IU’s ability to beat Purdue on Saturday and earn a sixth win. Either way, Camiel has options that he plans to weigh in short order.
“I’ve kind of got a lot on the table right now,” Camiel said. “Coming back for a sixth year, that’s an option. Playing in a bowl game, that’s an option, too. We’re just gonna deal with the cards we’ve been dealt and go from there.
In Camiel’s absence, IU has used sophomore Brandon Knight, redshirt sophomore Delroy Baker and Dan Feeney at right tackle, a position Camiel made his own last season. He started all 13 games in 2015, and was selected as one of Indiana’s three representatives at the Big Ten’s annual media day showcase event in July.
Will he get another crack at impacting Indiana’s offensive line in 2016?
“I’ll be back,” Camiel said. “When? We’re not sure. I’m just gonna pray on it, keep working and we’ll see.”