Bloomington – Indiana will have Kellen Lewis in the starting lineup Saturday against Western Kentucky, but a quartet of other Hoosiers will be sidelined due to team suspensions, IU Coach Bill Lynch announced Tuesday.
The Hoosier head coach announced Lewis has beaten out Ben Chappell for the team's quarterbacking job, and that Greg Middleton, Kyle Kozak, Brandon Mosley and Troy Wagner would serve one-game suspensions for disciplinary reasons.
The biggest loss is Middleton, the nation's leader in sacks last season with 16. The 6'3", 275-pound junior will be replaced in the starting lineup by senior Ryan Marando, who ranked second on the team a year ago with five sacks.
Lynch declined to specify the reasons for the four suspensions, but said it would be a one-game suspension. Each of those players have been practicing throughout fall camp.
Tuesday's suspensions overshadowed the most highly-anticipated announcement of the fall about the battle for the starting quarterback job.
Lewis re-wrote the IU single-season record books a year ago when he completed 265-of-442 passes for 3,043 yards and 28 touchdowns while also rushing for a team-high 736 yards and another nine touchdowns. But his off-the-field actions landed him in trouble with Lynch, resulting in a four-month suspension that kept him away from the team during spring practice and most of the summer.
In his absence, Chappell took the reins of the team's new no-huddle attack during the spring, and the two shared the snaps with the No. 1 offense throughout fall camp. Chappell clearly elevated his play during both spring practice and fall camp and made this a hotly contested battle, but ultimately Lynch and IU Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada decided to go with Lewis.
"I can honestly say we have two guys we can Big Ten football games with," Lynch said. "(Quarterback) will be a position of strength for us this year."
Lewis To Start, Four Others Suspended
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