BLOOMINGTON, IN - AUGUST 06, 2021 - defensive back Christopher Keys #7 of the Indiana Hoosiers during Fall Camp in Bloomington, IN. Photo by Indiana Athletics

Indiana cornerback Chris Keys has torn ACL, Jaylin Williams expected back for Cincinnati

The injuries continue to mount in the Indiana secondary.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Keys, who himself was filling in for injured cornerback Jaylin Williams on Saturday, has a torn ACL and is out for the season head coach Tom Allen indicated at his regular Monday morning press conference.

After playing in the last three games of the 2020 season as a true freshman, Keys worked his way up the depth chart during fall camp.  He was identified by Allen as someone who would see a significant role in Williams’ absence, and Keys was a regular on the field on Saturday against Idaho.  The Collins, Miss. product was the No. 46 cornerback in the class of 2020 according to 247Sports.

At 6-foot and 185 pounds, the program likes Keys’ length and speed.  He projects as a starter long-term at Indiana.

Allen said Williams, who was an All-Big Ten performer in 2020, is on track to play Saturday against No. 8 Cincinnati.  Noah Pierre, who has played both safety and corner at IU will likely now step into backup role behind Williams.  Pierre played extensively on defense and special teams against Idaho and blocked a punt in the first half.  Larry Tracy III is another corner who will be elevated on the depth chart.

At safety, senior Devon Matthews is still being evaluated according to Allen and his status for Saturday is uncertain.  Josh Sanguinetti filled in for Matthews against Idaho.

Indiana and Cincinnati kick off at noon Eastern in Bloomington on Saturday.  The game will be televised by ESPN.

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