Coleman likely out with ankle sprain

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said at his press conference on Monday that sophomore tailback Tevin Coleman will most likely miss Saturday’s game against Wisconsin with an ankle sprain.

“He has a good ankle sprain,” Wilson said. “In all likelihood, he’s probably out this one. Some guys will come back faster than others. … It’s nothing major, it’s not a break, but it’s major enough that with an ankle deal and a skill position and a fast guy, he’s going to be very limited. At the end of the week, we’ll see how it goes. Fortunately we have some depth there, we have some guys if we need it. I expect that that’s going to have to happen.”

Coleman is coming off a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week performance in which he rushed for 215 yards, including touchdown runs of 64 and 75 yards. He’s rushed for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns with the yardage being the most since Levron Williams ran for 1,401 yards in 2001. Senior tailback Stephen Houston will step up to be the starter if Coleman’s out. In a reserve role, Houston has rushed for 536 yards and three scores after being the leading rusher the two previous seasons.

Bloomington North graduate D’Angelo Roberts is the third-stringer and would likely get more carries this week. Wilson said Dayton transfer Anthony Davis and walk-on Andrew Wilson could get time as well. Freshman Laray Smith, who played in the first game, will not play, as Wilson hopes to get him a medical redshirt for back and shoulder ailments that kept him out of practice much of the season.