Hoobler likely out, and other notes from Wilson’s teleconference

Linebacker Chase Hoobler is still recovering from a nerve issue in his neck/back, and Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said the Hoosiers will determine tomorrow whether or not he will be available for Saturday’s game at Northwestern.

“I don’t know if he plays,” Wilson said. “He’s out there doing some running. He’s staying away from contact. It’s going to be hard. i think we’ll make a decision here tomorrow. Do we suit him up as a travel guy? I think right now, we’re probably in a position where his role is going to be limited or zero, as much as anything because he’s missed a significant amount of prep. He was doing a lot of fundamental work, but he’s not putting his face in and hitting yet, because we’re trying to make sure that thing’s quiet and we get approval from the docs. Right now, he’s out there going, but he’s not in the contact mode. He is missing a lot of work. I do like the way (Griffen Dahlstrom) and (Forisse Hardin) and the other guys have stepped in, so we’ll play it as we go. My guess right now is it’s probably going to be limited.”

— Wilson expressed his condolences to the family of Leon Brockmeier, the former Northwestern offensive tackle who died over the weekend, reportedly of natural causes, at the age of 34. Brockmeier was a tackle on the 2000 Northwestern team that Wilson served as offensive coordinator for and that earned a share of the Big Ten title. Northwestern will honor Brockmeier at Saturday’s game.

“That’s a great tribute for Pat (Fitzgerald) to do that,” Wilson said. “He’s a former player and it’s a tragic deal. … Leon’s brother was a high school coach I saw in Florida last year. Introduced himself and gave me Leon’s number. Called and checked in with him. He was doing some real estate work, some commercial real estate in Tampa. … Leon was our starting left tackle on what was a pretty good offensive line. He was recruited prior to us getting there, but really in our first year embraced our values. Did a nice job on a tremendous offense. Didn’t have a lot of playmakers but it all worked because of good offensive line play. I know he had two small children. I know there’s a memorial fund going for him that I would encourage a lot of people to try to participate in as Hoosiers even though he’s on that other team per se. He’s got two young children and a young bride, he was a 34-year-old man. … Hell of a good dude. A good player. I kind of feel for his personal family. We’re gonna reach out to those guys in time. I had a chance to reach out and visit with him last spring. He sounded his old self. We were talking about some of the old coaches. Some of the old players, who we keep up with and what not. Good player, is in our prayers and thoughts to his wife and kids.”

–Wilson said injured quarterback Tre Roberson is already walking to class despite breaking his leg just three weeks ago. Though Roberson is out for the year, Wilson said he’s asking him to watch film every week as though he’s starting.



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  1. Dustin, do you have any info on the newest football commit, Anthony Young? I saw he had offers from a few other big ten schools but is still only rated as a 2-star.

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