J-Shun Harris to miss season with ACL injury, Ralston Evans takes medical

Indiana is already dealing with a significant blow to its offense a week before opening its preseason camp.

The program announced Thursday that sophomore receiver J-Shun Harris will redshirt the 2015 season after suffering an ACL injury. Harris led all returning IU receivers with 18 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns. 247 Sports named Harris a Big Ten All-Freshman Team member and he was recognized within the program as IU’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Harris’ injury was only one piece of roster news released Thursday.

Indiana also announced fifth-year senior right tackle Ralston Evans has been granted a medical hardship, which ends his career. Evans dealt with knee issues after a leg press accident in 2011 when he locked his leg on the machine and tore major ligaments. Former Ohio State transfer Tim Gardner will likely compete for the starting job at right tackle.

“Injuries ended Ralston’s final two seasons and limited him this spring,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said in a statement. “He was a great player and is an even better man. Fortunately, Ralston will serve as a student coach this year. His leadership will continue to be invaluable to our team.”

Cornerback Kenny Mullen has also decided to end his career. He’ll forego his fifth and final season of eligibility. Mullen was set to factor as the team’s nickel back this fall. Wilson also announced freshman defensive lineman Nick Carovillano, redshirt freshman receiver Coray Keel and junior cornerback Laray Smith have left the program. Smith confirmed to Inside Indiana on Thursday that he is transferring to Delaware State, where he will return to running back.

“Nick, Coray and Laray leave IU in good academic standing,” Wilson said in the release. “We wish them the best moving forward.”

Also, incoming freshman athlete Donavan Hale has qualified and will report for preseason camp.

More to come.