Lynch: Chappell likely to play

Despite a hip injury that pulled Ben Chappell from Saturday’s historic blowout loss to Wisconsin, Indiana coach Bill Lynch said he expects the senior quarterback to be available this Saturday against Penn State at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

“I really think he’ll be able to play,” Lynch said. “When the game was over, he was really sore and not moving very well. I don’t know if I saw him moving around at all on Saturday. But he was much better yesterday, and I personally haven’t seen him today, but Brian said that he’s moving better. I’m really hopeful. The guy’s been beat up a lot this year now, but he keeps bouncing back. He said yesterday when I saw him in the training room. He said, ‘I’ll be ready.’ I know he’s talked with (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt) Canada, and he said the same thing to him.”

Though the Hoosiers probably wouldn’t have been able to keep it close even with Chappell in the game, his loss was a big reason why the Hoosiers gave up more points than any other team in Indiana history and any team in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year. With redshirt freshmen Edward Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel in the game, the Hoosiers weren’t able to muster much offensively, which meant Wisconsin kept getting the ball back.

Chappell’s loss also took a lot out of the IU players emotionally, Lynch said.

“You kind of felt it on the sideline,” Lynch said. “It was like the wind was let out of the sail when Ben went out. That’s not an excuse and that should not happen, but I really think it did for a period of time.”

The Hoosiers could really use Chappell because they are already down a quarterback. Kiel hit his hand off a rushing defender in Saturday’s game and injured his thumb. Lynch said he will likely miss Saturday’s game.

“I do not think Dusty will be able to play this week,” Lynch said. “Dusty hurt a thumb. It’s one of those injuries that if he were in another position, he probably could play, but in terms of playing quarterback and gripping the ball, I think that would be very, very difficult. I think it’s fair to say it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play.”

That does mean redshirt freshman quarterback Edward Wright-Baker will get more reps. He and Kiel have been splitting reps with the second team all year because neither was ever declared the backup quarterback.

“We’ve split he and Dusty quite a bit,” Lynch said. “We felt like that was the right thing to do, because they’ve really been even. Sometimes one has a better day than the other, and then vice versa, and week-by-week and all that. We went with the idea that rather than designate, this guy’s a two and you’re a three, I didn’t think that was fair to either one of them. So we’ve kinda gone through that, and really late last week, we decided to put Ed in first, but knowing that if that would happen both of them would play.”

Lynch said Adam Follett would be the next quarterback in line should Chappell and Wright-Baker not be able to go. Teddy Schell would be the option after that.

Lynch said the Hoosiers would also be without freshman running back Antonio Banks, who suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s game. It doesn’t sound likely that he will return this year. That means that all three of the Hoosiers true freshman running backs — Banks, Matt Perez and Xavier Whitaker — suffered season-ending knee injuries this year. Perez was likely to redshirt anyway, and Whitaker was redshirting, but it still doesn’t help for their futures. Sophomore tailback Darius Willis is also out for the year with a knee injury.

“Antonio Banks doesn’t look good,” Lynch said. “Knee. Don’t have the final, whatever testing they do to finalize, but it doesn’t look good. It’s a unique situation. We brought in three freshman tailbacks and all three of them are out. I’ve never seen that happen. And then our starter, too. So we’ve got four knees at the tailback position.”

9 comments

  1. My stomach turns at the thought of a Hoosier victory against PSU… Glass would have a 5 year contract ready for Lynch as he walked off the field. I hate being in this position, but man, I think two more solid losses are the only thing that can save this program!

  2. There is about no chance Indiana beats PSU …even though they are having a down year ….Well we just lost one commit after he saw the debacle of a score last Saturday ….watch ’em fall like dominoes now …I love IU football but its been over 30 years for me and I’m worn out …I miss Bill Mallory …we will never recover from that firing

  3. Anything can happen in college football, but a win over PSU is highly unlikely and Purdue, while down this year, is still a better team than IU. So, for those of you predicting another 2 losses, I’m afraid you are probably right.

  4. We need to remember that the schedules for both football and basketball are made years in advance and that the current coaches have little to say about who we play and when/where. And yes I think Lynch is bad ONLY because we should have and could have won against Iowa and Northwestern…but we didn’t and those losses fall on the back of the coach(es). As for Crean…let us wait for Guy to be eligible…he will make a significant difference on the inside! And our new guys are going to be great!!!!

  5. I have little to say about who we play and when/where. And yes I think Lynch is bad ONLY because we should have and could have won against Iowa and Northwestern…but we didn’t and those losses fall on the back of the coach.

  6. I have little to say about who we play and when/where. And yes I think Lynch is bad ONLY because we should have and could have won against Iowa and Northwestern…but we didn’t and those losses fall on the back of the coaches

  7. And yes I think Lynch is bad ONLY because we should have and could have won against Iowa and Northwestern…but we didn’t and those losses fall on the back of the coaches

    Thanks for a great article guys

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