Indiana may not get back star receiver Simmie Cobbs this season.
Cobbs, who had 1,035 receiving yards in 2015, had ankle surgery on Tuesday. Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson said Cobbs could return by the end of the year. But Wilson also mentioned during Tuesday’s teleconference that Cobbs still has a redshirt to use — so Indiana may not see Cobbs again until next season.
Cobbs missed the season opener against Florida International due to a suspension and then got hurt on the first offensive play.
Simmie Cobbs had ankle surgery today. Could be back by end of year. Will be determined by recovery. Still has medical redshirt option. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) September 13, 2016
So where will the Hoosiers turn to replace Cobbs’ production? HoosierHuddle.com’s Sammy Jacobs starts by bringing up Nick Westbrook. The sophomore from Florida leads Indiana with nine catches for 203 yards as Indiana has already played almost two entire games without Cobbs.
Two returning starters, Mitchell Paige and Ricky Jones, will also hope to share some of the load, as the two combined for almost 1,600 yards a year ago.
Jacobs then goes on to mention some bench players before bringing up Camion Patrick. Though listed as a running back, Patrick could contribute as a receiver as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
At any rate, Indiana fans will get answers soon. Though the Hoosiers have a bye this week, they are set to play Wake Forest on Sept. 24 as they try to improve to 3-0.