Lewis Suspended Indefinitely

Bloomington, Ind. – The face of the IU football program is gone, at least temporarily. Indiana Coach Bill Lynch announced Thursday sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis has been suspended indefinitely, and he won't be on the field when the Hoosiers open spring practice March 25.

Bloomington, Ind. – The face of the IU football program is gone, at least temporarily.

Indiana Coach Bill Lynch announced Thursday sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis has been suspended indefinitely, and he won't be on the field when the Hoosiers open spring practice March 25.

"Kellen has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules," Lynch said in a prepared statement. "He will not participate as we begin spring practice. Kellen needs time away from the program and we look forward to his return at some point in the future."

IU athletics officials released no further details were on Lewis' suspension. Lewis was in the football complex Thursday afternoon to meet with Lynch, although it's unclear whether he had been made aware of the suspension before that meeting.

With Lewis' suspension, the Hoosiers will be thin at the quarterback position when camp begins later this month. Last year's back-up Ben Chappell will be No. 1 on the depth chart, and IU plans to have quarterback-turned-safety Mitchell Evans move back to offense to work with the No. 2s. Last year's No. 3 – freshman Teddy Schell – is expected to miss spring ball while he recovers from an unspecified injury.

Lewis is coming off a huge sophomore season, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors after leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl trip in 15 years. Lewis set new school records for passing yards (3,043), passing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (37) and total offense (3,779 yards). He completed 265-of-442 passes and also rushed for a team-high 736 yards and nine scores.

While IU's three-paragraph release didn't shed a great deal of light on the reasons for Lewis' suspension, it did suggest he will be back sooner rather than later. The wording of the release doesn't even rule out a return this spring, and Lynch's prepared quote made it clear the record-setting quarterback would be welcomed back at some point.


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