Football Hoosiers upbeat, but Ralston Evans out

Indiana football conducted its media day festivities Tuesday morning, following Monday’s opening of fall practice, and the talk was of “a different swagger” (Max Dedmond) and “a quiet storm about us … it keeps building” (Jeff Thomas).

One negative bit of news was that true freshman guard Ralston Evans is out for the season after tearing an anterior cruciate knee ligament during summer workouts. Evans, who graduated early from Indianapolis Arlington last December and shined in spring drills at IU, working with the top two offensive units, was definitely in the playing picture for this season before the injury. Coach Kevin Wilson said surgery has been scheduled and that Evans, who had posted a 3.0 GPA in his first semester, remains upbeat.

There were no other reported injury issues and Indiana hasn’t had as much overall attrition as some programs experience during a coaching transition. But Wilson confirmed the departures of seven players from the program since last fall, some of which were previously announced, for reasons varying from career-ending injuries to graduation to a mutual parting of ways after new team requirements weren’t met. Offensive linemen Colin Rodkey and Bloomington’s Aaron Price saw injuries conclude their careers. Others who have departed include Nick Zachary, Harrison Scott, Andre Kates, Pat McShane and Chris Hagerup. Price, at guard, and Hagerup, the punter, were starters last season.

Much more on media day from Dustin Dopirak and myself upcoming, here on the Scoop and on HTO.