Hughes out of cast, could play Saturday

Indiana freshman wide receiver Kofi Hughes had the cast taken off his right arm on Tuesday morning and practiced Tuesday afternoon in a small splint. Indiana coach Bill Lynch said there’s a possibility he could play in Saturday’s 7 p.m. game against Akron, becoming the second true freshman to burn his redshirt this season.

“There’s a good chance you’re gonna see Kofi,” Lynch said. “As I stood here last week, I thought you might see him against (Western Kentucky) but just watching him run around today with that cast off, he’s a different guy. I think there’s a good chance we’re going to play him.”

Lynch said he could be used as a receiver, but also special teams.

“He could be anywhere,” Lynch said. “It could be special teams for sure. Whether it’s as a return guy or covering kicks, because he’s just a really good athlete. But once we play him, I think we’ll play him on the offensive side to. Because when you get into the meat of your schedule and you’re playing 75 plays, if you’ve got a little depth and you could give guys a blow, I think it will help.”

Indiana released its injury report Tuesday as well. Safety Chris Adkins (ankle) is still out. Kicker Nick Freeland (hip) and defensive end Darius Johnson (hamstring) are still questionable. Senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is now questionable with a concussion suffered in Saturday’s game. Defensive end Kevin Bush (neck) and defensive back Lenyatta Kiles (groin) are both listed as probable.


  1. Why would they burn a redshirt year for a WR that isn’t even on this week’s 2-deep? Too much depth there IMO to play him.

  2. Mike, Lynch has not done this in the past so they must plan on using him for sure. I actually trust Lynch when it comes to this.

  3. Our Wildcat QB has just been introduced because the need for him at WR or as a return man at this time is zero.

  4. Saw Kofi in high school when he played for Cathedral, and he is an amazing athlete. Hopefully he has learned to hang on to the ball as he was prone to fumble, but He is a college return man in the making.

    Clarion the ‘need’ may be zero, and while I like Doss, it may be more important to keep Doss healthy by not risking injury in the return game. Also, as good as Doss is, he was caught by the kicker last week… If Kofi gets free, which was good for at least a touchdown a game in high school as a QB, I don’t think he will be caught.

  5. Hoagland,

    I think at 100 percent, Doss would’ve burned the kicker last week. Remember that he’s coming off a groin injury, and I believe his legs were taped up a bit.

  6. Not to mention he got tripped up which gave the kicker a chance at the pursuit angle and he STILL had to dive to barely get Doss down.

  7. Although it actually hasn’t happened yet, I like the idea that a freshman has an opportunity to play right away at IU. With Belcher, Doss, and Wilson all healthy though, the wide receiver position is where IU needs the least help.

    Hopefully he will see extensive playing time and be able to make a major contribution to collecting some Hoosier victories.

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