The off week is going to be just that for Indiana receiver Tandon Doss.
After missing the Hoosiers' season-opening 51-17 win over Towson on Thursday with a groin injury, the standout junior wide receiver is expected to remain sidelined for the upcoming week as well according to IU Coach Bill Lynch.
"We're going to hold him out this week and start him up again on Monday," Lynch said during Tuesday's Big Ten Teleconference. "That's been the plan all along."
The 6'3" Indianapolis product is coming off a 77-catch, 962-yard, five-touchdown season a year ago as a sophomore, and has been tabbed by several preseason publications as a first-team All-Big Ten choice. But Doss was slowed late during fall camp with the groin injury, and the IU staff has been careful to not rush him back and put him in jeopardy of making the injury more serious.
The easy win over Towson afforded them that luxury, and he's now expected to return for the Sept. 18 match-up at Western Kentucky.
Despite Doss' absence, Indiana's first-string offense had very little trouble in doing whatever it wanted against Towson. Darius Willis rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Ben Chappell completed 16-of-23 throws for 182 yards and two more first-half scores. With Doss sidelined Chappell leaned on fellow junior and 2009 starter Damarlo Belcher, who caught seven passes for 92 yards and a score.
Doss Expected Back Next Week
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