The Indiana Hoosiers were hit with more bad news after practice on Monday as Kevin Wilson announced that freshman tight end Evan Jansen has quit the program and the junior college transfer defensive tackle Chris Cormier has under gone a knee scope. While the Hoosiers have enough depth at the tight end position to cover up the loss of Jansen, who was a big recruit out of Cincinnati, losing Cormier is a very big concern.
Concerning Jansen Kevin Wilson had this to say, “He after a week decided he didn’t want to play so he left. I don’t think he plans to come to school here, although we left it open.” I do not want to make any assumptions, but it sounds to me that this kid just could not hack it at the Big Ten level, seeing that he quit after just a week into preseason camp. This vacancy opens up a spot for either sophomore Anthony Corsaro or freshman Danny Friend who Wilson says “is one of the better freshman we’ve got.”
Chris Cormier underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to fix an injury that apparently happened in a walk-through. Even though the surgery will probably sideline the defensive tackle for only 1-2 weeks it has the head coach very anxious. “We’ll get him back, but he missed the bulk of the summer, now missing this. He’s showed some quickness, but he’s missing all this really good time” said Kevin Wilson alluding to the fact that Cormier’s playing time is at stake due to the amount of practice is has missed and will miss in the new couple of weeks. While this is not the end of the world for the Hoosier defense it could cost them down the road as the defensive line is a unit that has been devastated by graduation and now some injuries. Hopefully, Cormier can return to the field before opening night and contribute to a unit that desperately needs some depth.