Willis Earns Starting Job

Darius Willis’ big day against Michigan was enough to put the redshirt freshman atop the depth chart.

Senior Demeterius McCray had been the listed starter since the season opener, but after Willis ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan on Saturday he is listed first among running backs on IU’s depth chart, which was released Monday.

The Hoosiers, though, may be without startinig cornerback Donnell Jones, who missed the season’s first two games with a hamstring injury and was down for an extended period in Saturday’s game. He is not listed on the depth chart, with Richard Council and Adrian Burks listed as the first and second string cornerbacks playing opposite Ray Fisher.

Those were the only shakeup among first-stringers on this week’s chart, but there were several moves on the second team to note. For one, defensive end Darius Johnson is not listed on the two deep, which suggests his shoulder injury might keep him out another week. Sophomores Eric Thomas and Terrance Thomas are listed as the backup defensive ends. Deonte Mack is now listed as a defensive tackle after being listed at end the last two weeks.

Junior Cody Faulkner is apparently closer to finally seeing action. He is listed as the backup right guard behind Pete Saxon. He hasn’t played yet this year because of a foot injury, then a shoulder injury. Mike Reiter, who had been listed as the backup right guard, is now the backup center.

The entire depth chart follows.

OFFENSE
LT
76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.
LG
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr.
C
60 Will Matte, 6-2, 285, So./Fr.
59 Mike Reiter, 6-2, 303, Sr./5th
RG
64 Pete Saxon, 6-6, 293, Sr./Sr.
79 Cody Faulkner, 6-5, 320, Sr./Jr.
RT
73 James Brewer, 6-8, 331, Sr./Jr.
77 Josh Hager, 6-9, 296, Jr./So.
WR
88 Damarlo Belcher, 6-5, 214, So./So.
15 Matt Ernest, 6-2, 188, Jr./So.
WR
1 Terrance Turner, 6-3, 208, Sr./Jr.
41 Max Dedmond, 6-5, 247, Jr./So. (TE)
WR
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.
5 Mitchell Evans, 6-3, 200, Jr./Jr.
QB
4 Ben Chappell, 6-3, 235, Sr./Jr.
13 Edward Wright-Baker, 6-1, 210, Fr./Fr.
RB
28 Darius Willis, 6-0, 219, So./Fr.
22 Demetrius McCray, 5-11, 209, Sr./5th
21 Trea Burgess, 6-1, 231, Sr./Jr.
27 Bryan Payton, 5-9, 205, Sr./5th
TE
87 Troy Wagner, 6-5, 260, Sr./5th
89 Brian Zematis, 6-4, 247, Sr./5th
DEFENSE
LE
92 Greg Middleton, 6-3, 284, Sr./Sr.
51 Terrance Thomas, 6-1, 265, Jr./So.
DT
98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 282, Fr./Fr.
52 Jarrod Smith, 6-4, 301, Sr./Jr.
55 Deonte Mack, 6-3, 286, Sr./Jr.
DT
97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 306, So./Fr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 295, So./Fr.
69 Mick Mentzer, 6-4, 308, So./Fr.
RE
57 Jammie Kirlew, 6-3, 259, Sr./5th
90 Eric Thomas, 6-4, 269, Jr./So.
WLB
34 Will Patterson, 6-1, 237, Sr./Sr.
42 Chad Sherer, 6-0, 217, So./Fr.
MLB
43 Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 237, Sr./Sr.
48 Leon Beckum, 5-11, 224, Jr./So.
SLB
46 Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 236, Jr./Jr.
25 Justin Carrington, 6-0, 224, Sr./5th
CB
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
22 Andre LaGrone, 6-0, 181, Jr./So.
FS
8 Nick Polk, 6-0, 219, Sr./5th
14 Jerimy Finch, 6-1, 216, Jr./Jr.
SS
20 Austin Thomas, 6-2, 220, Sr./5th
29 Chris Adkins, 6-1, 187, Jr./So.
CB
6 Richard Council, 6-1, 197, Sr./Jr.
23 Adrian Burks, 6-0, 180, Sr./Jr.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK
99 Nick Freeland, 5-11, 195, So./Fr.
39 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 160, Fr./Fr.
P
12 Chris Hagerup, 6-5, 211, Jr./So.
30 Charlie Klingensmith, 6-0, 181, Sr./Sr.
LS
53 Brandon Bugg, 6-0, 241, Sr./5th
95 Jeff Sanders, 6-4, 237, Sr./Jr.
SS
95 Jeff Sanders, 6-4, 237, Sr./Jr.
53 Brandon Bugg, 6-0, 241, Sr./5th
H
17 Teddy Schell, 6-5, 218, Jr./So.
14 Adam Follett, 6-5, 224, So./Fr.
KR
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.
PR
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.

5 comments

  1. No big surprise there. Darius Willis is going to tear up this league for the next 3 years. He’s the kind of threat we’ve been missing at the RB position for many years now. I can’t wait to watch him Saturday night.

  2. Willis has some serious afterburners. On that 85 yarder, he got faster and faster as he went on. I was in awe. He left two or three defenders who were closing in on him in the dust.

    He’s got game.

  3. This will be the best adjustment of personnel for the entire season. It truly makes them a team that can “rush downhill”.

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