Update on Anthony Corsaro, Dominique Booth and more from Kevin Wilson’s radio show #iufb

Outside of season-ending injuries to linebacker Steven Funderburk and freshman running back Tommy Mister, Indiana has been fortunate on the injury front.

This weekend, the Hoosiers expect to become even healthier.

IU coach Kevin Wilson announced on his weekly radio show Wednesday that tight end Anthony Corsaro, who missed the first two games and part of preseason practice due to a stress fracture in his foot, is expected to be available at Missouri.

“We finally got him back,” Wilson said. “I think he’ll be in the mix maybe to help a little bit, too. He’s a veteran guy and gives us a little bit there as well.”

Corsaro was a second-teamer behind Ted Bolser last season, when he appeared in all 12 games. The Hoosiers have depth and versatility across the board at tight end this fall.

Arizona transfer Michael Cooper has made each of the first two starts of the season at the position.

“Michael was here a year ago, but redshirted because of the transfer,” Wilson said. “He’s 260 pounds (and) had his first catch the other day. We need to get those guys more involved in the passing game. Jordan Fuchs (has) a lot of upside, just another one of the young freshmen. As coaches sometimes, we just gotta throw them out there and let them mess up, but let them play and grow because he’s gonna be a good football player at tight end for us.”

Through two games, Indiana has played 11 true and six redshirt freshmen. Wilson said on his show that freshman receiver Dominique Booth had his best week of practice leading into last weekend’s Bowling Green game and the results were apparent.

Booth finished the game with his first collegiate reception for 15 yards and also recovered a Bowling Green onside kick early in the second half.

“I think he got mad because he wasn’t playing more,” Wilson said. “His dad’s a coach and I think (he was) like, ‘Hey, why don’t you go out and work harder?’ Awesome week of practice and made a couple great plays. I don’t think that’s an accident.”

Wilson also went out of his way to mention that another freshman, linebacker Nile Sykes, has “jumped out” at practice this week, as has linebacker/bandit Dameon Willis.

“There’s a couple guys like that, (bandit) Robert McCray, that haven’t played much yet,” Wilson said. “As we go through the season, you might see those guys mix it up.”

Some other notes from the show:
— During the call-in portion of the program, a fan asked Wilson for his thoughts on opposing players who fake injuries to slow down Indiana’s offense. It’s a point of contention for the IU coach, but one he sees on both sides.

“It’s a tough deal because of player safety,” Wilson said. “Anytime there’s an injury you gotta stop. I don’t like when I see the guy take the minute and a half injury and then the following play he’s back out there, which is what I’ve seen happen. But you can’t fault a kid on that, with player safety, player welfare, player well-being, injuries — all those things are huge, huge things in our sport right now. It’s a part of it. Just gotta find a way to restart yourself when that happens. You can call it whatever, as far as good or bad, whether a kid means to or doesn’t mean to, or coach means to. It just is what it is.”

— Asked about sophomore linebacker Marcus Oliver, Wilson said his high school coach told him that Oliver had a bigger impact on his Hamilton (Ohio) High team than former Michigan State All-American linebacker Denicos Allen, also a Hamilton graduate.

“Now, Michigan State did a great job of coaching and Denicos improved,” Wilson said. “Marcus is off to a very, very good start. When he took his official visit here, he came on Martin Luther King weekend — came in on a Friday and said, ‘Coach, I’m missing my basketball game.’ I said, ‘Well, shucks. You know, it’s Martin Luther King weekend. You could’ve come Saturday, Sunday, Monday. You didn’t have to come Friday.’ He said, ‘Well, I wanted to come. This is the first one I’ve missed.’ I said, ‘It’s the first game?’ He said it was the first day of school, first practice, first game he’s missed in his entire life. I felt like a heel because the kid’s got perfect attendance everywhere and he’s here seeing our school. But that’s the type of kid he is. Marcus is off to a good start as a sophomore. He’s got a lot more stronger football ahead and we’ll need to see some good football from Marcus Oliver this Saturday in Columbia, Missouri.”