Burks, Kates, Heban in competition for Council’s job

Indiana coach Bill Lynch said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference call that senior cornerback Richard Council’s knee injury would keep him out for “an extended period of time,” but said it was unlikely that he would miss the entire season.

Lynch said the Hoosiers would open the competition for Council’s starting job. He said that reserve cornerbacks Adrian Burks, Andre Kates and Greg Heban would have the first crack at the job. He said the Hoosiers were not yet considering a plan to move either junior Lenyatta Kiles or redshirt freshman Lawrence Barnett back to cornerback from safety. Both moved to safety near the end of preseason camp because of the injury to safety Chris Adkins.

Other News from the Big Ten teleconference:

  • Ohio State linebacker Tyler Moeller is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. OSU coach Jim Tressel said freshman Christian Bryant and junior Nate Oliver would get the first opportunity to play his position, which is sort of a linebacker/safety hybrid.
  • Tressel also said that quarterback Terrelle Pryor “should be fine” after injuring his quadriceps muscle against Illinois on Saturday. He could be limited in practice next week, but Tressel doesn’t expect that to be a major problem.
  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was back on the teleconference this week after missing last week’s game against Wisconsin with a blood clot. Dantonio had a heart attack two weeks earlier after the Spartans win over Notre Dame, so he has missed the last two weeks. Dantonio said he is “following doctors orders” but expects to be able to coach this week’s game against Michigan from the press box.


  1. Lynch knows it, everybody knows it, the Buckeyes know it, but don’t know the full extent of it. Still, it’s common knowledge that if you give a player the chance to practice with the IU basketball team (under Tom Crean) the player will soon be up for Big Ten honors regardless of the sport he’s in. Secretely, and we’re so close to the game now that revealing this now can only shock and awe Ohio State if it truly matters at all, secretely Burks, Kates and Heban have been practicing with the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team all summer long. Special gear (and lawyers+Photoshop) have prevented them from showing in the videos released recently by the Athletic Department. They’re invisible. But come Saturday either one of them will completely stifle the Buckeyes and keep them scoreless. Why? It’s Tom Crean’s special haka practiced a lot over summer. Video quality is a bit poor but it shows clearly why the Buckeyes are going down on Saturday.

  2. Also, I wouldn’t worry too much about our defenders’ inability to stop Dauren Robinson. The guy is obviously not normal.

  3. Denard. Just that my code name for him is Dauren. Still not normal. Pity him.

    Buckeyes will fall. Big upset. We’re better than Illinois. Clap-clap-clap!

  4. Thanks, haka/buckeyes, that was epic.

    Either Lynch makes changes to improve the defense, or the defense will be his Waterloo. The bowl bid requires we play at least shoddy defense, not epic atomic wasteland defense like we have thusfar.

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