Pair of Players Won't Return to IU Football

Bloomington – A pair of players won't be returning to the IU football program this fall. Indiana officials announced Wednesday that sophomore Shane Covington and senior Jarrod Smith won't be with the team in the fall. Covington has decided to transfer, while a history of back injuries has brought an end to Smith's collegiate career...

Bloomington – A pair of players won't be returning to the IU football program this fall.

Indiana officials announced Wednesday that sophomore Shane Covington and senior Jarrod Smith won't be with the team in the fall. Covington has decided to transfer, while a history of back injuries has brought an end to Smith's collegiate career.

A native of Milwaukee, Covington played sparingly during his two seasons in Bloomington. After redshirting in 2008 Covington saw action in five games last fall, all on special teams. Indiana's depth at wide receiver prompted him to switch from wideout to safety this spring, but he didn't make a dent on Indiana's two-deep and appeared unlikely to play a significant role on IU's defense this fall.

The 6'4", 310-pound Smith, meanwhile, has been saddled with back injuries throughout his four seasons in Bloomington. He arrived at IU as one of the "Seven Blocks of Limestone" in 2006, and after a redshirt season saw action in 13 games from 2007-08, including a pair of starts. He moved to defensive tackle prior to the 2009 season and started the season opener against Eastern Kentucky, but finished the year with only two tackles and missed games with the back injury.

While Smith's departure have an impact on the available scholarships for the currently 2011 recruiting class, Covington's departure does open an additional slot. Indiana has already secured 18 verbal commitments, putting them very close to the 85-man limit based on projected departures at season's end.

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