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  • Associated Press Indiana running back Morgan Ellison, who led the Hoosiers with 704 rushing yards as a freshman last season, was suspended indefinitely from all football activities, the team announced Friday. Redshirt freshman linebacker Mo Burnam was suspended, but only for the first game against Florida International on Sept. 1. 

Friday, August 24, 2018 6:40 pm

Hoosiers suspend leading rusher Ellison indefinitely, Burnam for one game

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana running back Morgan Ellison, who led the Hoosiers with 704 rushing yards as a freshman last season, was suspended indefinitely from all football activities, the team announced Friday. Redshirt freshman linebacker Mo Burnam was suspended, but only for the first game against Florida International on Sept. 1. 

No reason for the suspensions were provided.

Ellison was one of the breakout stars on offense for the Hoosiers last season. He averaged nearly five yards per carry and also led the team with six rushing touchdowns.

The Pickerington, Ohio native was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, including after a 41-0 win over Rutgers, in which Ellison rushed for 149 yards on just 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also ran for 186 yards and two scores in a 52-17 win over Georgia Southern. 

Burnam didn't play as a true freshman in 2017, but earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors in Week 6. He'll return for the Hoosiers' Sept. 8 matchup against Virginia.

Ellison was expected to get a majority of the carries in the Hoosiers' opening week game against the Panthers. With the sophomore sidelined, the rushing load will fall mostly to the trio of Cole Gest, Mike Majette and Ricky Brookins, with some potential opportunities for freshmen Stevie Scott and Ahrod Lloyd.

dsinn@jg.net