Notebook: Stringer won’t play, IU names game captains

Injuries have taken a toll on redshirt sophomore Omari Stringer.

IU coach Tom Allen announced Friday that Stringer will not play this season after appearing in eight games last fall. The IU defensive end made two tackles, including one for loss in his college debut at Florida International in 2016.

Stringer will remain with the program as a student assistant. Allen did not specify the injuries that have plagued Stringer.

“Omari Stringer is a young man that just physically had lots of challenges,” Allen said. “He will remain with us and help us, but won’t be playing this fall, just because his body is not able to do so.”

IU names game captains
Ahead of Thursday’s matchup against Ohio State, Indiana has settled on its four game captains for the season opener.

Quarterback Richard Lagow and left guard Wes Martin have been designated as offensive captains, while linebacker Tegray Scales and defensive end Greg Gooch have been designated as defensive captains.

Allen says captains could change on a weekly basis.

“Those four young men will be our game day captains for Ohio State, and we’ll start the trend,” he said.

Week 1 depth chart released
Here’s how IU’s two-deep looks for Ohio State week. Note that receiver Donavan Hale is listed ahead of Nick Westbrook (more on that later) and defensive end Brandon Wilson is ahead of Robert McCray.

OFFENSE
LT: Coy Cronk
, Caleb Jones
LG: Wes Martin, Grayson Stover
C: Hunter Littlejohn, Harry Crider
RG: Simon Stepaniak, Mackenzie Nworah
RT: Delroy Baker or Brandon Knight
WR: Simmie Cobbs, Taysir Mack
WR: Luke Timian, J-Shun Harris
WR: Donavan Hale, Nick Westbrook
QB: Richard Lagow, Peyton Ramsey
RB: Mike Majette, Devonte Williams or Cole Gest
TE: Ian Thomas, Ryan Watercutter

DEFENSE
DE: Greg Gooch
, Allen Stallings
DT: Jacob Robinson, Jerome Johnson or LeShaun Minor
DT: Nate Hoff, Mike Barwick
DE: Brandon Wilson, Robert McCray
LB: Chris Covington, Dameon Willis or Mike McGinnis
LB: Tegray Scales, Reakwon Jones or Kiante Walton
CB: Rashard Fant, A’Shon Riggins
Husky: Marcelino Ball, Ben Bach or Jayme Thompson
S: Jonathan Crawford, Khalil Bryant
S: Chase Dutra or Tony Fields, Zeke Walker
CB: Andre Brown, Tyler Green or Raheem Layne

SPECIAL TEAMS
K: Griffin Oakes
, Logan Justus or Jared Smolar
P: Haydon Whitehead, Drew Conrad or Joseph Gedeon
LS: Dan Godsil, Shaun Bonner
H: Drew Conrad, Peyton Ramsey
KR: Devonte Williams, Cole Gest
PR: J-Shun Harris, Luke Timian

3 comments

  1. There are a couple of surprises in the depth chart – Watercutter as #2 TE, Caleb Jones #2 behind Cronk. Based on reports out of Fall Practices I am not surprised by Hale being ahead of Westbrook but 1s nd 2s will all play a lot at the pace the offense will go.

  2. Best depth at 2 deep I’ve ever seen at IU. Thanks to Coaches Wilson, Allen and all assistants of the last 4-5 years for accomplishing an achievement never before attained at IU. The fact they are still building the 2 deep with a couple of young guys proves recruiting has not leveled off but is still on the incline.

  3. How much will special team play change considering only a minimum of changes involved, per the depth chart. . The punter (Haydon Whitehead – which is Tom Allen scholarship recruit), Holder (Drew Conrad – also a punter) and the PR (J-Shun Harris – was not available last year). We the fan will get to see first hand how much improvements happen with the special teams after one year.

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