Philyor practicing, Knight still on the mend

Indiana saw one positive development on its injury report this week.

The Hoosiers are still waiting on another.

Freshman receiver Whop Philyor began working out with the team this week after missing IU’s first few practices of fall camp with an unspecified injury. Meanwhile, Indiana continues to monitor the recovery of right tackle Brandon Knight, who has yet to practice while he, too, recovers from an unspecified injury.

The 5-foot-11 Philyor can add depth to the slot, as well as Indiana’s stable of kick returners.

“(We’re) getting him back out there and running around a little bit,” IU coach Tom Allen said. “Hope to get him back here soon. He’s just kind of recovering, but it’s a step by step process.”

Allen said Knight is progressing back to full health. The hope remains for Knight to get on the field before camp breaks later this month. Delroy Baker has been working has IU’s first-team right tackle.

“Just gotta keep working him,” Allen said of Knight. “He’s working hard with our training staff and doing everything he can do. That’s all we can expect of him. He’s doing a great job.”

Allen, who met with reporters Friday for his weekly update, didn’t report any other significant injuries ahead of Saturday’s closed scrimmage.

“Pretty healthy,” Allen said. “You get your nicks and guys here and there have some things happen, but overall it’s been pretty solid. You’re gonna have a few things, especially when you ahve that eight-day stretch there, but we had a chance to get some rest (Thursday) and that was good for our guys.”

2 comments

  1. This is good news!! Whop Philyor would have been a great addition and weapon for the previous IU offensive….But according to the present IU receiver coach at 5′ 11″ he will be lucky to see the IU football field, no matter how good he is.

  2. I don’t think any receiving coach in the country would choose to recruit/play a good shorter man over an equally good taller man at the wide receiver position. But that’s not to say that their recruiting preference is absolute, or that it makes them blind to the talent of a shorter receiver, or that they have the same bias for slot receivers, who are typically used as a different type of weapon as compared to wide receivers. I don’t think Heard is stupid or ignorant, so my guess is that he’ll reward the guys who are most productive, regardless of their height.

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