Phillis graduates, Todd takes medical hardship, Young running track per IU football roster update

Indiana released a list of roster updates on Friday. Among the pertinent points, defensive end Ryan Phillis has graduated and will stay with the program, but as a student assistant coach and not a fifth-year player. Defensive tackle Alex Todd has opted to take a medical hardship waiver after suffering back trouble last year. He maintains his scholarship and will stay at Indiana, but not play and not count against the 85. Wide receiver Anthony Young has left the program to concentrate on track and field.

Nine players will be limited in spring practice because of injuries suffered last season. They are safety Antonio Allen, tight end Anthony Corsaro, offensive linemen Ralston Evans and Dan Feeney, linebacker Steven Funderburk, wide receiver Ricky Jones, offensive lineman David Kaminski, safety Mark Murphy and offensive lineman Bernard Taylor.

The full release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football team opens 2014 spring practice on Saturday. Head coach Kevin Wilson announced roster updates and released the team’s 104-player roster on Friday afternoon. The roster consists of 63 scholarship student-athletes and 41 walk-ons. IU will practice 15 times, including the Cream & Crimson Spring Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at Memorial Stadium.


Mid-Year Scholarship Enrollees (6) & Walk-Ons (3): 


OL Delroy Baker – Ocala, Fla./Admiral Farragut Academy

WR Dominique Booth – Indianapolis, Ind./Pike H.S.

QB Zander Diamont – Los Angeles, Calif./Venice H.S.

TE Jordan Fuchs – Queens, N.Y./Milford Academy

OL Tim Gardner – Indianapolis, Ind./Milford Academy

OL DeAndre Herron – Avon, Ind./Iowa Western C.C.



LB Danny Banks – Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South H.S.

LB Dylan Banks – Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South H.S.

DB Derek Driver – Bloomington, Ind./Edgewood H.S. 


Position Changes:

S Kris Smith – from linebacker

S Ty Smith – from wide receiver


Limited (Injury):

S Antonio Allen

TE Anthony Corsaro

OL Ralston Evans

OL Dan Feeney

LB Steven Funderburk

WR Ricky Jones

OL David Kaminski

S Mark Murphy

OL Bernard Taylor


Personnel Update:

DL Ryan Phillis – graduated, working as a student coach

DL Alex Todd – medical 

CB Brian Williams – graduated

WR Anthony Young – concentrating on track


2014 Coaching Staff:

Kevin Wilson – Head Coach 

Greg Frey – Co-Offensive Coordinator/OL

William Inge – Co-Defensive Coordinator/LB

Kevin Johns – Offensive Coordinator/QB

Noah Joseph – S/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator

Brian Knorr – Defensive Coordinator/DE & OLB

Deland McCullough – Running Backs

Larry McDaniel – Defensive Line

James Patton – TE & FB/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator

Brandon Shelby – Cornerbacks



  1. No Young on the football team? When is IU going to get and keep speed merchants on their team? Next they’ll be announcing that Laray Smith is off the football team. Even Lynch didn’t utilize Thigpen enough and he’s in the NFL now. Get the ball to speedsters in space!!!

  2. Yes, I wish we had a guy like Shane Wynn on the team. Wait…

    Young never played a snap. Fast does not equal good.

  3. You need more than one fast guy and Young never had the chance to play at IU, but he was good enough to get an IU scholarship. Being fast and good benefits any team. You need depth.

  4. 323SGrant, speed isn’t everything. Do you remember Renaldo Nehemiah? The guy was a world class track athlete and at one time considered to be the fastest man in the world. The SF Forty-niners signed him in the early 80’s to play WR even though he hadn’t played football in college. He wasn’t much of a receiver, and even if he did beat his man the odds of him catching the ball weren’t very high. He was replaced by a less heralded receiver, Jerry Rice. Not as fast as Nehemiah but hands that caught everything thrown his way.

    I’m more concerned about IU getting and keeping defensive line talent.

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