The IU football program has remained relatively healthy this season, but the wide receiver unit has suffered a major loss.
Starting wideout Cam Camper is out for the season, head coach Tom Allen announced on Monday.
“Had a procedure done over the weekend, and just to try and help him for his long-term, and excited about the procedure going well and getting him 100 percent healthy for the future,” Allen said.
Camper was IU’s leading receiver a year ago before suffering a season-ending knee injury. The same knee has been problematic for Camper in 2023, and a decision was reached to shut him down and allow the knee time to fully heal.
The 6-foot-2 Camper played in eight games and has 17 catches for 285 yards and a touchdown in 2023. At several points during the season Camper has been noticeably limping. A season ago, Camper played in seven games before his injury and hauled in 46 catches for 569 yards and two touchdowns.
A Lancaster, Texas product, Camper has one year of eligibility remaining with IU.
Camper is not the only wideout dealing with an injury. Omar Cooper, Jr. left the Wisconsin game with an undisclosed issue. Allen said Cooper’s injury is not expected to be season ending.
Fortunately for the Hoosiers, wide receiver is a position where they do have depth. Indiana has welcomed back Clemson transfer receiver E.J. Williams from injury, and he had a productive game against Wisconsin, with four catches for 48 yards.
DeQuece Carter has also emerged of late, with three catches in each of the last three games.
Williams and Carter should join Donaven McCulley as Indiana’s main weapons at wideout over the final three games of the season.
AARON CASEY NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After a massive game against Wisconsin, Indiana linebacker Aaron Casey has been name the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Casey piled up nine tackles with seven coming in the fourth quarter to hold Wisconsin scoreless in the final frame and seal the Hoosiers’ 20-14 win.
The sixth-year linebacker added 4.0 tackles for loss, the most by a Hoosier in a game since 2016. That total included 2.0 sacks, with all four tackles for loss coming in the second half, with three in the fourth quarter.
“He was very, very impactful in that game, as we all saw, and it just kind of — I think it kind of willed us to win that game because we obviously had to have those stops, and he tackled extremely well, which is what we expect him to do,” Allen said.
The Georgia native forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, which led to IU’s first recovered fumble of the season.
This is Casey’s first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career, and he is the first IU player to win the honor since Micah McFadden (Dec. 7, 2020).
Casey is also clearly in contention for All-Big Ten season honors.
On the season through nine games, he has 78 tackles (54 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, and a QB hit.
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