Injuries cause depth chart shakeups

Indiana’s depth chart shows that some of the injuries suffered Saturday and throughout last week could continue to be problems.

Cornerback Donnell Jones (arm) and linebacker Will Patterson (hand), who both left Saturday’s game against Illinois with injuries, are not listed on the depth chart this week. Justin Carrington is listed as the starter in Patterson’s spot and Chad Sherer is listed as the backup at both outside linebacker positions. Richard Council is listed as the starting cornerback opposite Ray Fisher and Adrian Burks is listed at the backup.

Safety Chris Adkins, who missed Saturday’s game with an elbow injury and could be out for a while, is also off the depth chart. Collin Taylor is listed as the backup for Austin Thomas at strong safety and Jerimy Finch is the backup for Nick Polk at free safety. Taylor played as the third safety in nickel packages against Illinois, and would likely hold that position again.

Guard Pete Saxon, who missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, is on the depth chart and listed as the backup to Mike Reiter at right guard.

In another small shakeup, senior Bryan Payton, who had been listed at fourth on the running back depth chart, was moved up to second, followed by Demetrius McCray and Trea Burgess.

The rest of the depth chart follows.

76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 318, Sr./Sr.
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 309, Jr./So.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 311, So./So.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-6, 304, So./Fr.
60 Will Matte, 6-2, 285, So./Fr.
62 Jordan Marquette, 6-3, 294, Sr./Jr.
59 Mike Reiter, 6-2, 303, Sr./5th
64 Pete Saxon, 6-6, 293, Sr./Sr.
73 James Brewer, 6-8, 331, Sr./Jr.
77 Josh Hager, 6-9, 296, Jr./So.
88 Damarlo Belcher, 6-5, 214, So./So.
15 Matt Ernest, 6-2, 188, Jr./So.
1 Terrance Turner, 6-3, 208, Sr./Jr.
41 Max Dedmond, 6-5, 247, Jr./So. (TE)
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.
5 Mitchell Evans, 6-3, 200, Jr./Jr.
4 Ben Chappell, 6-3, 235, Sr./Jr.
13 Edward Wright-Baker, 6-1, 210, Fr./Fr.
28 Darius Willis, 6-0, 219, So./Fr.
27 Bryan Payton, 5-9, 205, Sr./5th
22 Demetrius McCray, 5-11, 209, Sr./5th
21 Trea Burgess, 6-1, 231, Sr./Jr.
87 Troy Wagner, 6-5, 260, Sr./5th
89 Brian Zematis, 6-4, 247, Sr./5th
92 Greg Middleton, 6-3, 284, Sr./Sr.
51 Terrance Thomas, 6-1, 265, Jr./So.
98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 282, Fr./Fr.
69 Mick Mentzer, 6-4, 308, So./Fr.
55 Deonte Mack, 6-3, 286, Sr./Jr.
97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 306, So./Fr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 295, So./Fr.
57 Jammie Kirlew, 6-3, 259, Sr./5th
90 Eric Thomas, 6-4, 269, Jr./So.
25 Justin Carrington, 6-0, 224, Sr./5th
42 Chad Sherer, 6-0, 217, So./Fr.
43 Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 237, Sr./Sr.
39 Brandon McGhee, 6-1, 231, Jr./So.
46 Tyler Replogle, 6-2, 236, Jr./Jr.
42 Chad Sherer, 6-0, 217, So./Fr.
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
22 Andre LaGrone, 6-0, 181, Jr./So.
8 Nick Polk, 6-0, 219, Sr./5th
14 Jerimy Finch, 6-1, 216, Jr./Jr.
20 Austin Thomas, 6-2, 220, Sr./5th
37 Collin Taylor, 6-0, 195, Sr./5th
6 Richard Council, 6-1, 197, Sr./Jr.
23 Adrian Burks, 6-0, 180, Sr./Jr.
99 Nick Freeland, 5-11, 195, So./Fr.
39 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 160, Fr./Fr.
12 Chris Hagerup, 6-5, 211, Jr./So.
30 Charlie Klingensmith, 6-0, 181, Sr./Sr.
53 Brandon Bugg, 6-0, 241, Sr./5th
95 Jeff Sanders, 6-4, 237, Sr./Jr.
95 Jeff Sanders, 6-4, 237, Sr./Jr.
53 Brandon Bugg, 6-0, 241, Sr./5th
17 Teddy Schell, 6-5, 218, Jr./So.
14 Adam Follett, 6-5, 224, So./Fr.
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.
7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 185, Sr./Sr.
2 Tandon Doss, 6-3, 199, So./So.


  1. I agree cappy.

    The Illini scored two touchdowns, both of them passing touchdowns, and both of them thrown on Richard Council.

    Are we seriously that thin at corner?

  2. I hate to pile on a guy, but I have to agree. Council has been a weak point all year. On the first Illini score it looked like he had the position and stepped away from the ball.

  3. I’ve got a feeling that we’ll never really see Finch get much playing time outside of special teams.

  4. If the coaches apparently have an issue with finch’s attitude and lack of on-field results, i can’t imagine why council gets playing time. He seems to get the ire of the coaches of the fans just as much, except minus the interceptions and punt blocks.

    Without council, the Hoosiers may have won the game 27-7 or 27-10…or perhaps have even gotten a shutout.

  5. finch can’t play?? How would we know? Last year he was on kickoff coverage….now he can’t even do that.

  6. How serious are the injuries to Jones and Patterson? We’ll need these guys if IU hopes to pull off an upset against Iowa, Wisconsin or Penn State!

  7. Council is horrible. Every play he either gets burned deep or gives his guy a 20 yard cushion. It really is getting ridiculous.

  8. I know that Coach Lynch believes in red shirting all freshman so they can get bigger and stronger to play in the Big Ten. Thats is a nice way to go if you have a winning program and you can afford to do so and continue to win but right now IU needs the best players on the field. He did the same thing last year. He wants his upper classes on the field but when some one as bad as Council is allowed to play he shoots himself in the foot. He has players better than Council but refuses to play them. I guess he feels he is doing the right thing but if he slips some new coach will come in and win with his freshman and red shirt
    freshman and next years recruits. We want better kids to come to IU and the best way to get them here is to have a winning program. Coach Hep always tried to play his best players and if they were quarterbacks in high school and he thought they would help as a linebacker he used them. Ray Fisher had to go to Lynch and ask to play defense to make the team better. It is the Coach who should look for these ideas not the players in
    my opinion.

  9. ronb,

    Who are the healthy players we have that play CB who are better than Council? And on what are you basing your opinion that they are better?

    I’m not saying Council is great or even good, most of the time. But I know of NO players sitting the bench at his position that I would think of as definite upgrades to Council.

  10. I understand your point, Ron, but whether it’s a luxury or not for elite teams, I think redshirting players is an important part of building a foundation with depth and experience. Hence, I think it is even more important for us to redshirt players than it is for most teams.

    That said, if he had some phenom CB who is ready to go and is clearly better, play him of course. But, I don’t think that’s the case.

  11. Wisco & Bobbie Sue,
    He has 2 true freshman CB’S in Barnett and Webb. Both highly recruited but OK I will give Lynch some credit for doing what you say may be the right thing. How long do we give him to rebuild this team which is what you say is needed? So if he won’t use the freshman then who replaces Council? He’s had 7 games to show what he can do. Why not at least try using, Burks, Finch, Taylor, Lagrone or even Evans or anyone who can play CB? I just want the best players on the field trying to win. I don’t think Council fits that description right now.

  12. Who is Webb? No one on the roster with that name, and Barnett is the only highly regarded CB we’ve recruited the past two years. Now from what I’ve heard, Barnett will be good, is picking things up well, but is still too raw to be an improvement over our current players.

  13. Alexander Webb is a walk on, definitely not “highly recruited”:

  14. I’m with you, Ron. If there is someone over there on the sidelines that is ready to play and is better, give ’em a shot.

    That said, I think the coaches want to win and Lynch wants to save his job and thus they would if said person was over there. This kind of mirrors the Finch situation. If he was such a stud and ready to play and a Superman do-it-all athlete, why on earth would Lynch not play him? Does he want to lose and get fired?

    “How long do we give him to rebuild this team which is what you say is needed?”

    I don’t know how long we give him. But, I don’t think we are the only people to say that. I think anyone in the country who knows football would say IU needs stability and depth. We are just now getting somewhat on the level of the lower-half of the conference in terms of talent, experience and depth.

  15. Look guys all I want is for IU to win and have the best players on the field and I don’t think Council needs more chances. So if you all are saying we can’t find a better player on IU’S roster to fill in then I won’t bring this up again and that includes players he has already
    placed on red shirt. I guess it boils down too; Do you believe this coach uses his player resources properly and it sounds like you all think he dose. I have said my history is coaching Basketball and when you have 12-16 players it is easier to know your players than with 60+. Tell me again why he red shirted Willis last year?

  16. ronb, you have good points. I wondered why he did that with Willis last year and still do. Thig was a WR!

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