A few important players will be missing practices this spring.
Wilson announced that junior quarterback Zander Diamont, Dominique Booth and Isaac Griffith will all miss spring practice due to injury.
Diamont had a minor procedure that had been bothering him through last season, according to Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson.
"He came through winter ball and as he got through the end of winter he just felt like, hey, I can either go through spring and do it as soon as spring ball is over, which would limit some of his summer prep," Wilson said. "Talking with him and his family, he wanted to go ahead and do it. He's engaged in practice but he's basically going to be out of our 15 practices."
Booth is still trying to heal a wrist injury and won't be cleared for spring ball. Fellow wide receiver Isaac Griffith, who suffered an torn ACL at Penn State last season, is doing catching and running drills but won't be cleared for spring practice, according to Wilson. Defensive backs Zeke Walker and Chase Dutra both are still recovering from lisfranc injuries. Defensive back Donovan Clark, who suffered a back injury last season, still isn't healthy enough yet to participate in spring practice either.
Jameel Cook will miss a portion of spring practice but return after spring break, Wilson said.
Quarterback competition without Diamont
With Diamont out for Indiana's 15 spring practices, one of the key players in the quarterback competition to replace Nate Sudfeld won't be able to participate.
Now, Wilson and Indiana's offensive coaching staff will only be able to observe JuCo transfer Richard Lagow, viewed alongside Diamont as the top two participants of the competition.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Lagow, rated by Scout as the No. 5 JuCo quarterback in the country, was a mid-year enrollee. This allowed him to practice with the team for 3-4 days over winter break as Indiana prepared for the Pinstripe Bowl and gave the Indiana offensive coaching staff a chance to observe him.
Redshirt sophomore Danny Cameron offers the more experience and familiarity with the offense beyond Diamont, having played in one game last season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin King and sophomore Donavan Hale are also viable candidates for the job.
Whoever earns the starting job will be expected to capitalize on the experienced receivers and running backs returning to the offense.
"They're going to have some very good surrounding pieces, so to me their ability to understand what we want and be an extension of what Coach (Kevin) Johns and myself are trying to have them do to lead the team and let their run game and the concepts we're doing, how to manage the ball and keep us on schedule, and ultimately accomplish the mission which is scoring points and winning games," Wilson said.
The quarterback competition will have many participants wanting the opportunity to showcase their skills through reps. However, Wilson is mindful of finding the right number of reps so that the effectiveness isn't reduced.
"Again, one practice down, we're trying to give the guys the time and the opportunity," Wilson said. "But you've got five or six of them, and you get too many reps it waters it down. So we'll go through this week."
Knight to remain at left tackle (for now)
Despite seeing playing time at the tight end position last season, sophomore Brandon Knight will remain an offensive lineman for now for the upcoming season.
With Danny Friend healthy again and two tight ends incoming from this year's recruiting class (Ian Thomas and Shaun Bonner), Wilson was confident his team was set at that position.
"If some of those tackles come on and we want to go big people, we can put (Knight) at the tight end spot," Wilson said. "We think we'll have the size we need at tight end.