Sophomore running back Morgan Ellison has been suspended indefinitely, according to an IU athletics release. No reason for the suspension was given, and IU athletics was not immediately available for comment.
Ellison, who was looking to top the depth chart at running back, is coming off a freshman season in which he led the team in rushing with 704 yards on 143 attempts.
Additionally, he was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week recipient and was named IU’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
With a little over a week until IU opens its season against Florida International University in Miami, the competition to see who will line up next to sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey in the Hoosier backfield is wide open.
Among those looking to replace Ellison on the depth chart will be redshirt sophomore Cole Gest, senior Mike Majette and redshirt senior Ricky Brookins.
Majette has battled injuries the previous two seasons, while Brookins has struggled to find touches in a crowded backfield. True freshmen Ronnie Walker Jr. and Kristian Pechac could also see some time, as no one has taken control of the running back position so far.
In addition to Ellison, IU announced that redshirt freshman linebacker Mo Burnam is suspended for the season opener.
This story will continue to be updated.
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