Ellison to miss rest of spring with leg injury

You won’t see Morgan Ellison in next week’s spring game.

Indiana’s rising sophomore running back has been shut down due to injury.

IU coach Tom Allen said Saturday that Ellison recently suffered a lower leg injury and will miss the final few practices of the spring. The good news, Allen said, is that the injury shouldn’t affect Ellison’s upcoming sophomore season.

The Ohio native is expected to be ready to return in time for the program’s summer workouts.

“He will be back,” Allen said. “It was actually a very good prognosis. We feel good about him, but obviously at this point we’re not gonna take any chances. We’ll get him healthy, get him ready to roll and he should be full bore by the beginning of the summer.”

It’s a disappointing end to the spring for Ellison, who turned heads with his conditioning. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back dropped six percent of his body fat from the beginning of January, while also showing off better burst as a runner.

Last season, Ellison led IU with 704 rushing yards and six touchdowns, earning IU’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year award.

With spring practice winding down and Allen trying to protect the depth of his backfield, walk-ons Ahrod Lloyd and Connor Thomas appeared to get the bulk of the carries during Saturday’s situational scrimmage.

Lloyd, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound redshirt freshman, looked good while fighting for yards near the goal line.

“I’ve really been impressed with Ahrod Lloyd,” Allen said. “He came here as a walk-on from Park Tudor. Awesome kid. Runs hard. He’s been very impressive through the whole spring. He was really good for us in the fall for scout teams. (With) his quickness, power and speed, he’s been a real pleasant surprise.”


  1. It is good news that Ellison will be full go by Summer workouts. His injury is a bit worrisome because of his past history of injuries. IU has been fortunate this Spring by not having many injuries and I hope they mak it through this next week without any more injuries.

    An article on the scrimmage coach talked about how R. Jones was stepping up and playing well on defense. He also talked about Fiztgerald and Juwan Burgess improving and getting to the stage they will start or rotate in during games. IU needs several of these young players to step up if the defense is to stay at the level it has been the past two years.

  2. Considering this is Morgan Ellison “third” leg injury in the last four years, maybe someone in the Indiana medical staff should look a little deeper into these injuries….As stated on this blog previously, injuries are a part of the game. An hopefully everything works out really well for Morgan Ellison. Making it thru the spring and summer without any more injuries would be wonderful, but not realistic if Indiana is preparing or improving (player development) players for the football seasons.

  3. Wish M.E. well. Another example of injury prone IU fb recruit that IU gets for program that other higher achieving programs lay off. Darius Willis a few years ago was another one. It is a challenge for IU fb players to have smooth dominant careers without issues. I know other players from other teams have issues including injuries as well. I just feel IU has more than their fair share. It does have something to do with depth but it also has something to do with recruiting.

  4. You mean Darius Willis 8 yrs ago thats the source of your concern?just quit while you’re ahead, it seems iu recruits injured players now stop it with overreaction to every damn headline will ya?

  5. His HS leg injuries were identified as breaks. This is not. Lots of inclement weather in Bloomington during Spring Camp. The injury could be as simple as shin splints as Mellencamp has a different playing surface than the practice fields. Could be wrong but no red flags here to get hyped up about. I pay close attention to CFB. The injury bug is cyclical; program to program and sometimes to a particular position group. Over a 5-7 year period I seriously doubt you could identify a P5 program with an over exuberant amount of injuries than another(high profile performers not withstanding). It’s FB.

    1. I agree with HC on this one, injuries are part of the game. Not comparing the IU depth of talent to Alabama, but they went into the title game injury riddled. Not to mention reports out of their spring training were they had to be creative just to keep enough players involved for a good training.

      As HC said, it cyclical and goes from program to program. As for program success at IU, only time will tell.

  6. D.W. was an example and that one just came to mind since he was a 3 star back that was hyped quite a bit. However, my statement included IU fb has gotten more than its share of recruited players with issues. This includes injuries but also other issues like; can run but trouble passing or can pass but not run enough to even escape a sack or turnover at qb position, size whether small or big and slow issues on defense, gritty undersized players that takes a toll in its own way, and yes last year IU was noticeably outplayed by Purdue physically on the field. Physicality was quite noticeable in Purdue’s favor. The game wasn’t as close as score. It could be quite worse in 2018. And then a few/some higher rated recruits at a variety of positions that IU fb only got a limited number of snaps from because they exited fb program early has been another issue. In IU’s defense they try there best and take what they have been able to get. This equals a peak of 5 or 6 wins which includes one or two give me win in non conference. No, I think I will elaborate a little.

    1. Wow dude you put alot of thought and words into sayin that a 7-6 purdue team outplayed them you could have cut that in half i read about a bunch of teams and you know what players leave every program on a yearly basis you cant help that no need to over think these things

  7. HC and thinker: Yeah, it is football, but I wonder what the data really say. Maybe t is on to something. There is a subscription service (degenerate gambler market) for the NFL that tracks total player quarters (think “man hours”) lost to injuries by team (or some such similar metric). The info is out there, but 1) someone would have to root it out and compile it and 2) the info for CFB would probably be much less reliable than for the NFL. The NFL mandates very strict injury reporting (those degenerate gamblers again), but colleges can fudge a lot by taking advantage of student privacy laws.

    1. Davis,
      I’m going to agree with what the BB said, no need to over think this. It is as simple as larger mass and higher speeds. The players in the 21st century are much larger and much faster than their predecessors throughout the 20th century. I know I’m exaggerating a little for effect, but in my day a college guy 6’2″ – 6’4″ and 250 – 275 lb was a good sized lineman. Now that size is barely big enough in high school! Combine that with the increased speed of the game and the collisions become much more violent.

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