Notebook: Spriggs should play vs. Michigan

Notes on injured offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, Kevin Wilson's thoughts on his wide receivers and the pressure on college athletes.

Indiana offensive lineman Jason Spriggs is back with the team and doing better, Kevin Wilson said Wednesday. Spriggs was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance after suffering a neck injury in the second half of Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Wilson said Spriggs suffered a sort of "whiplash" injury when his neck snapped backward while making a block. He's dealing with a stiff neck. Spriggs was at the team facility on Wednesday but won't do any hitting this week as a precaution. Wilson said he should be available at Michigan following the team's bye week, but won't know for sure until the beginning of next week.

"You look at the tape and it didn't look that bad," Wilson said. "He did the right things on the block, he neck just went back. He should be OK."

Wilson happy with wide receivers

It wasn't a good day for the Indiana passing game against Michigan State. Freshman quarterback Alexander Diamont threw for only 11 yards in the 56-17 loss, and the Hoosiers only completed three passes for positive yardage.

But Wilson said Wednesday that the wide receivers were often open, Diamont was just too hurried and struggled to find them.

“I felt better about them Saturday than I have in a couple weeks," Wilson said of his wide receivers. "I was pleased with their effort. They don’t have the stats to back it up, but I thought their effort was pretty good.”

Senior Shane Wynn made the play of the game for the Hoosiers, but it came in the running game. Wynn took a handoff on a reverse and took it 75 yards for a touchdown. Wynn broke several tackles on the play, and it made it onto ESPN's top 10 plays of the entire weekend.

Wilson: More public scrutiny on athletes

Wilson was asked on Wednesday how he's keeping his team upbeat with all the negativity swirling around about the team. The Indiana coach said he watched comments made by Alabama coach Nick Saban last week, who was angry because fans weren't satisfied with a one-point win over Arkansas.

“Athletes, in general, are just under a little bit more public scrutiny, and you have to deal with it," Wilson said.

Wilson said he tells his guys not to let outside comments get them too high or too low, but he admitted that's often tough to do with social media being so popular amongst young people.


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