Knee issues put Willis' career in jeopardy

Running back Darius Willis came to Indiana with tremendous promise and showed snippets of his tremendous talent in 2009.

But Willis never has been able to stay on the field. Hamstring and ankle issues limited him during his first three years at IU, and after appearing in the first four games last fall, Willis suffered a patellar tendon injury and underwent season-ending surgery.

Willis has yet to play this fall, and the knee problems have put his career in jeopardy.

Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson told reporters Wednesday that Willis reaggravated his knee injury, which could be career ending. The Indiana Daily Student reported Wednesday that Willis is out for the season, and while Wilson didn't confirm the report, things don't look good.

"It could be the end of his career," Wilson said. "It’s a recurring deal. He's far enough along. That's just for the doctors and his family to decide."

It's a tough situation for a player who has had no luck on the injury front. Willis looked like Indiana's featured back of the future in 2009, when he rushed for 607 yards.

Wilson said Willis could apply for a medical hardship waiver, which would keep him on scholarship even though he won't play.