Indiana running back/wide receiver David Ellis is ending his college football career, taking a medical hardship disqualification, a source confirmed to the Herald-Times on Monday evening.
The move cuts into the depth in the Hoosiers’ running back room as they try to replace 2021 starter Stephen Carr and walk-on backups Davion Ervin-Poindexter and Chris Childers.
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The 6-1, 204-pound Ellis helped Chippewa Valley High School in Michigan to a state championship in 2018 and got immediate playing time at IU in 2019 as a wide receiver and kick returner, catching 16 passes for 173 yards, rushing nine times for 53 yards and a touchdown and returning 28 kickoffs for 579 yards. As a sophomore, he moved to running back where he served as a third-down pass-catching option out of the backfield, rushing 16 times for 61 yards and catching 11 passes for 137 yards in 2020. However, he played just three games in 2021 before missing the rest of the season with an ankle injury. He did not heal for spring practice and apparently his condition did not improve enough to be part of the running backs battle in 2022. As a medical disqualification, he maintains his scholarship to IU, but does not count against the NCAA limit of 85 scholarships.
The Hoosiers have five running backs on scholarship — transfers Shaun Shivers from Auburn and Josh Henderson from North Carolina, redshirt freshmen David Holloman and Trent Howland and true freshman Jaylin Lucas. They also return walk-on Charlie Spegal, the former New Palestine High School star who is the Hoosiers’ leading rusher among returning running backs with 62 yards on 19 carries last season.
The Hoosiers’ preseason practice begins next week. The season begins Sept. 2 when the Hoosiers host Illinois.