RANTOUL, Ill. - Illinois freshman running back Reggie Corbin will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn labrum, Illini head coach Tim Beckman said after practice on Wednesday. Corbin suffered the injury Tuesday morning during a pass-rush drill, Beckman said.
"The shoulder was dislocated, so he's got some tear," Beckman said. "Right now, I think the best scenario for him would be to redshirt and get this thing fixed because it's going to be about a six-month deal (recovery). ...It's a shame, but let's take care of it now so he can be ready for spring ball."
Corbin, a three-star running back out of Washington D.C., is the second Illini freshman running back to be sidelined for the season. DeKalb native Dre Brown suffered a torn ACL this spring.
There was some good news on Wednesday, though. Freshman running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn returned after suffering a minor ankle injury during Saturday's scrimmage.
"It's good when we all go those guys back that have been the injured [list]," Beckman said, "because they don't want to be on the injured. They want to go out there and perform."
Senior cornerback V'Angelo Bentley repped at running back on Wednesday to add depth behind starter Josh Ferguson -- Beckman called it "a precautionary-type role" -- along with Vaughn and junior Henry Enyenihi. Bentley has been one of the Big Ten's most dangerous kick and punt returners and played running back at Glenville (Ohio) High School.
"We've seen him do it as a punt returner," Beckman said. "We've seen him do it as a (defensive back). He's got great quicks and great football knowledge, which enables him as a senior to be able to play two positions like that."
Bentley said any reps on offense shouldn't take away from his defensive performance.
"I'll be good," Bentley said. "I work hard in the offseason to be able to do that. When I'm training in the offseason, I'm always thinking of being in tip-top shape for whatever may happens, whether it's me returning a kick and having to go back on defense. I'll be ready."
If Bentley has to take any reps at running back, co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks said he is confident he has the depth at cornerback to make up for any loss of defensive reps for Bentley.
"If he can help us on that side of the ball (offense), I'm all for it," Banks said. "(Darius) Mosely's played a lot of snaps. ...Obviously, having (Jaylen) Dunlap back, we feel like we have a lot of depth that we can make it work."
Werner's take: More injury news is tough to take for the Illini and for Illinois fans. Corbin had some nice moments during camp, playing in a Ferguson-type, scatback role. He's quick, has pretty good hands and is dangerous in space. But this injury is more manageable than others: Jihad Ward out two games (knee), Mikey Dudek out until at least October (torn ACL) and Brown out for the season (torn ACL). Corbin may have contributed, but it would have been a minor role. Ferguson is one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the Big Ten, Vaughn is a three-down back and Enyenihi is a better in-between-the-tackles runner. But Illinois lost more depth at what could have been one of its deepest positons. Now, sophomore Kendrick Foster and walk-on senior Cameron Tucker become the emergency backs, along with Bentley. In the long run, a sit-out year could be beneficial for Corbin and the Illini, as long as they don't suffer anymore injuries at the position.