Green will transfer; other roster moves announced

Indiana’s 2018 roster continues to take shape.

IU coach Tom Allen announced a handful of roster changes Thursday, including the transfer of rising senior corner Tyler Green.

Green started three of the 31 games he played spanning his three seasons with the Hoosiers, making 29 tackles with three pass deflections. He and former IU corner Rashard Fant were the only two corners Indiana played during the team’s 2016 Foster Farms Bowl loss to Utah. Green finished that game with a career-high seven tackles, while forcing his first career fumble.

“We appreciate everything he’s done for us,” Allen said. “He leaves in good academic standing and we wish him nothing but the very, very best.”

Allen also announced Thursday that linebacker Tom Bolstad, safety Jameel Cook and offensive lineman Tyler Knight have filed for medical non-counter status, meaning they will keep their scholarships while foregoing their remaining eligibility. Their scholarships will no longer count against the NCAA limit of 85 per team.

Cook, whose 96-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the 2015 win over Florida International, last played for Indiana in the 2016 season-opener. Bolstad appeared in the first two games of the 2016 season before taking a medical redshirt. Knight did not see game action during his one year with the program.

“The paperwork for those guys has been submitted and they’re in the process of moving in that direction,” Allen said. “They’ll remain a part of our program in a different role.”

Meanwhile, former four-star receiver Jonah Morris will move to the defensive backfield when IU’s spring practice commences on March 3.

Morris, a rising redshirt sophomore who redshirted the 2016 season, appeared in nine games last fall, primarily on special teams.

A new position for the 6-foot-4 Ohio native has not yet been decided.

“He’s been playing receiver and played on special teams last year and showed some things with that,” Allen said. “(He’ll play) somewhere in the backfield. Not really sure where that’s gonna fit yet.”

7 comments

  1. Why in the world would Tyler Green transfer with one year remaining? He’s in good academic standing, he’s got significant game experience, and would likely be a significant contributor next season. Is it a personal/family matter? That’s sad, but I wish him all the best.

    The other sad news are those players that “have filed for medical non-counter status.” I know every team is going to have a few of those situations every year, and I’m glad they continue to get their scholarship (not like the old days when they got kicked to the curb), but to have an injury that you can’t recover from, at least enough to play again, just reminds us how tough a game football still is. I hope those young men have no lasting physical problems and go on to take full advantage of their scholarships and complete their degrees.

    1. He reads the tea leaves well. He wants to be a starter. He sees all the DB’s drafted behind him. To IU’s credit. He wants prominent playing time. Hate to see him go but that is the CFB game 2kxx.

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  3. This article is very interesting….you lose a veteran DB in Tyler Green (recruited by Ohio State, West Virginia) and move a veteran wide receiver Jonah Morris (recruited by MSU, Rutgers, ND, Wisc) to a crowed (20 – 25) DB positions. Truly cannot understand Greens leaving, but wish this kid all the best. But like HC suggest maybe he wanted a starting position and did not see it with this team.

  4. I know IU’s defense has gotten much better over the last two seasons (no where to go but up) and it has better athletes and better coaching, but let’s be honest. It’s not as if IU’s defensive backfield is a juggernaut! If Green can’t be a starter at IU, there are very few Power-five conference teams where he’s going to be a starter. As for how many Defensive Backs IU has on the roster, I don’t think the number is 20 to 25. I think there are a number of players with that designation that are limited to special teams and will never play a down as a defensive back for IU.

  5. Morris was a second team All-American DB in high school so this could be a very good move for him as he wasn’t progressing as a receiver. The team needed another safety as that group was thin so adding Morris to the defense helps out. We have seen several players leave the program this year and I think it is just the normal shaking out when a new coach takes over.

  6. Morris was second team All American at DB and IU’s coaches played him at receiver? Wow, I did not realize that. Sounds like he’s back playing the position he was meant to play.

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