IU right guard Dan Feeney out for the year

Dan Feeney started 12 games for Indiana last fall as a true freshman. The big question now is who will step in to fill his spot. For the answer, read on.

For the most part, Indiana has had relatively few injuries in its preseason football camp.

Tuesday, however, IU coach Kevin Wilson announced a significant one.

Dan Feeney, a true sophomore who started all 12 games at right guard last season, will be lost for the season after suffering a right foot injury in last Friday's scrimmage. The injury will require surgery and Feeney has been ruled out for the year.

"Dan injured his foot and right now he's having surgery,'' Wilson said Tuesday, following Indiana's practice. "I think we're deep enough in the O-Line that as a program you have to be able to overcome that. The big thing is that I think it's really bad for Dan. I think our team is going to be good enough to where we can start overcoming some adversity.''

Wilson called Feeney a quality player and added this is one of the reasons Indiana has played a lot of freshmen. He said Feeney will now be able to use his redshirt year and not have to waste a year of eligibility. Feeney made 12 starts at right guard a year ago and did not surrender a sack in 935 snaps.

Wilson said in Feeney's place he may turn to a player like Jake Reed, who plays both center and guard. David Kaminski has had a good camp, Wilson said, and will be in consideration, too. Another option could be redshirt freshman Jacob Bailey was listed as the backup at right guard in the preseason depth chart.

"It's a position where we're deep enough,'' Wilson said. "I expect that group, I expect our team, to be able to pick up the slack where there's a little hiccup and not feel sorry for yourselves and move on like a winning team.''

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