Media Day News on Chestnut and Hoobler

As part of addressing the media Monday night for the team's Media Day, IU coach Kevin Wilson said a third true freshman is academically ineligible. He also updated the situation with linebacker Chase Hoobler.

The number is up to three for true freshman who will be academically ineligible to play in the 2013 season.

Initially, after the first day of practice, IU coach Kevin Wilson announced that tackle Maurice Swain and wide receiver Taj Williams would miss the season for academic reasons. At the time, Wilson said that running back Daryl Chestnut still had some academic work to do and it was unclear if he would be joining the team this season or not. Monday night, Wilson confirmed that Chestnut will also miss the season.

In addition, Wilson updated the situation on redshirt junior linebacker Chase Hoobler who had been diagnosed with a stress facture in his foot. It wasn't clear as of Friday if Hoobler would require surgery. Monday night, Wilson said Hoobler will have surgery shortly and the timetable is for him to be out for four months.

With Chestnut, Wilson pointed out that IU did sign three running backs. The other two were Laray Smith and Myles Graham.

"It's unfortunate about Daryl, but at the same time we did sign three backs,'' Wilson said. "If you've seen us, Laray (Smith) looks very fast. We've got the other animals back. Those two guys moving forward, Taj and Daryl, the plan will be to try to get their situations, and they're very close, where they're officially eligible where they would start in January.

And then what I can do right now is use their space for a walk on when our mid year players graduate and move on we can replace them, and then in the scholarship world, they still are part of last year's 23, and we can still sign forward so it doesn't take an initial scholarship away.''

As for Hoobler, Wilson explained the time line in more detail.

"When we talked about 10 days ago, he had some irritation coming off an injury, but he thought things were great,'' Wilson said. "So maybe, I don't know if he came back too soon or just the way he's made, but Chase has a stress fracture that will be operated on and probably typically that will take pushing four months, so that maybe basically shoots his year. We are lucky in that signing four of the JC guys with (Steven) Funderburk being here mid year, there's a lot more depth, a lot of guys coming back, and we played last year without Chase the bulk of the year.

"It's really unfortunate more for him than us, because I think our team is getting depth again. When I'm talking about depth, it's not injury. The depth is for competition and guys fighting to get on the field. Again, there's more guys, and to me he's a good kid, fourth year kid, a good dude, good student, and you want him to do well. So it's more you feel for Chase, but all of a sudden there's going to be some issues at backer and we'll move forward in a good way. Good teams handle adversity.''

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