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IU punt returner Connor Delp suspended indefinitely

Indiana must find a new punt returner for its penultimate game Saturday at Michigan State.

On Thursday the program announced Connor Delp has been suspended indefinitely and will not make the trip to East Lansing.

“Effective immediately, sophomore Connor Delp is suspended indefinitely from all football team activities and will not travel to Michigan State,” IU Athletics said in a release, providing no further details on the matter.

Delp assumed the primary punt return duties in week three.  He has six returns for 27 yards on the season.

The Greenwood, Ind. product joined the program a year ago as a walk-on.  He did not see any action in 2021.

Delp was also suspended in November of the 2021 season.

When announcing his suspension a year ago, IU cited it was aware of non-specified allegations against Delp.  It is unclear if the current suspension is in any way related to the allegations of a year ago.

D.J. Matthews is the only other IU player who has returned a punt in 2022.  Matthews did not travel to Ohio State last weekend due to an injury.  It is unclear if he will make the trip to East Lansing, and who would return punts in his absence.

Coach Tom Allen was asked about Matthews on Monday.

“Tweaked his knee late in the week unexpectedly, so we are just monitoring that and see where that’s at,” Allen said of Matthews.  “It wasn’t the knee he needed surgery on but at the same time it’s hard. We’ll see where he’s at.”

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