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Options for redshirts

Indiana coach Bill Lynch said the team is still debating whether to redshirt certain freshmen.

"We still have some tough decisions to make in regards to redshirting. I think I could say it now, but something could happen this week, and what I say changes. That is the thing about redshirting is you don't have to declare or send a letter. It is simply they play or they don't.

"Damon Sims was a guy we were preparing to play at linebacker possibly. I say at this point, we will probably redshirt him. Two other guys that fit in that mold are (quarterback) Edward (Wright-Baker) and (kicker) Mitch (Ewald) and we will keep going and see where we are. At some point, we do have to make that decision, but I think we are at that point right now.

"That is why I say you could get a rash of injuries somehow that someone else could be affected by. Damon was the closest one we were traveling and preparing to play. At this point, it looks like we are probably going the other way with him. There is too much football left. It is a balancing act what is best for the young man and what is best for the football team. With six football games left and where we are sitting, there is so much out there in front of us.

"It is too early because that position (quarterback) is too important. That is why it is different with Ed. With Mitch Ewald, Nick (Freeland) has kicked pretty well. I think Nick will keep going and generally that guy doesn't get hurt. That is why that is a little bit of a different situation. It doesn't hurt us to keep Nick going. The quarterback situation is something we will evaluate week by week and have a plan going into the game each week."

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