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Roster changes continue for IU football prior to spring game

Coach Tom Allen and Athletics Director Fred Glass walk down "The Walk" prior to the Indiana football game on Sept. 23, 2017. IU will open up home play on Saturday against Virginia.

The spring practice session for IU football is nearing its conclusion.

IU's spring game, scheduled for Saturday at Memorial Stadium, will mark the conclusion of Coach Tom Allen's second spring in charge of the IU football program.

The past few weeks have not only seen the Hoosiers return to practice in preparation for next season, but have also featured a couple roster moves for the team.

Most notable among these moves is the addition of quarterback Brandon Dawkins, which was announced Tuesday night via Twitter. A graduate transfer from the University of Arizona, Dawkins arrives at IU with one year of eligibility remaining and is eligible to play immediately. 

Dawkins is a dual-threat quarterback with 20 career rushing touchdowns. He joins a crowded quarterback competition for the Hoosiers, but offers Allen and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord an experienced option behind center. 

On defense, freshman defensive lineman Juan Harris announced via Twitter on April 4 that he would be leaving IU, and then announced on April 6, also on Twitter, he would be enrolling at Iowa Western Community College. Harris played in the first three games of the 2017 season before suffering a season-ending injury and receiving a medical redshirt. 

The recruitment of Harris was a tedious process, as he committed and decommitted from Iowa three times and IU once before finally choosing the Hoosiers in November 2016.

The same day Harris announced his move to Iowa Western, IU added offensive tackle Zenden Dellinger to the program via transfer.

Dellinger, who is still not listed on the online IU roster, announced via Twitter he would be coming to Bloomington after spending one season at Western Michigan University. He redshirted the 2017 season while with the Broncos. He was rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports out of R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Among returning IU players, a notable absence from the spring game will be running back Morgan Ellison. Allen said Ellison will miss the remainder of the spring with a leg injury, but will return during the summer. Now listed as a sophomore on the IU roster, Ellison took over starting duties as a freshman last season. 

He was named IU's Offensive Newcomer of the Year and received honorable mention accolades on the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Cameron Drummond

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